Proposals are sought for cutting-edge high-risk / high-impact interdisciplinary research with all of the following essential characteristics(“FET gatekeepers”):
  • Radical vision: the project must address a clear and radical vision, enabled by a new technology concept that challenges current paradigms. In particular, research to advance on the roadmap of a well-established technological paradigm, even if high-risk, will not be funded.
  • Breakthrough technological target: the project must target a novel and ambitious science-to-technology breakthrough as a first proof of concept for its vision. In particular, blue-sky exploratory research without a clear technological objective will not be funded.
  • Ambitious interdisciplinary research for achieving the technological breakthrough and that opens up new areas of investigation. In particular, projects with only low-risk incremental research, even if interdisciplinary, will not be funded.

Specific Challenge:

To lay the foundations for radically new future technologies of any kind from visionary interdisciplinary collaborations that dissolve the traditional boundaries between sciences and disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities.

Expected Impact:

  • Scientific and technological contributions to the foundation of a new future technology
  • Potential for future social or economic impact or market creation
  • Building leading research and innovation capacity across Europe by involvement of key actors that can make a difference in the future, for example excellent young researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs or first-time participants (as individual) to FET under Horizon 2020.

Key dates in the call for project

  • 7 November 2017 - Opening date
  • 16 May 2018 - Deadline call n°1
  • 24 January 2019 - Deadline call n°2
  • 18 September 2019 - Deadline call n°3
  • 13 May 2020 - Deadline call n°4