Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) activities aim to create in Europe a fertile ground for responsible and dynamic multi-disciplinary collaborations on future technologies and for kick-starting new European research and innovation ecosystems around them. These will be seeds for future industrial leadership and for tackling society’s grand challenges in new ways.
In this work programme FET continues its three lines of activity:
1. FET Open: the call text for FET Open in this work programme has been simplified for a clearer scope. FET Open is part of the European Innovation Council pilot. FET Open also calls for coordination and support for communication, innovation and horizon scanning. The FET Innovation Launchpad, which was started in the previous work programme, has been refined to take into account experience from the first call.
2. FET Proactive: this work programme features a selection of ambitious emerging technology topics derived from an extensive consultation and advice from the FET Advisory Group. Topics include: living technologies, socially interactive technologies, technologies related to time, artificial organs, micro-energy technologies, and topological matter. Community building and innovation ecosystem development are key elements in FET proactive and a specific action on neuromorphic computing is foreseen.
The FET Proactive initiative in High-Performance Computing (HPC) is designed in synergy with the LEIT-ICT and e-Research Infrastructures work programmes. It covers the co-design of the exascale machines integrating the European microprocessor part and addresses the development of scientific and engineering applications that will run on extreme scale HPC machines. International cooperation with Brazil and Mexico is also foreseen.
3. FET Flagships: this work programme supports the continuation of the Graphene and HBP flagships, with a clear shift to innovation and impact. It also features the ramp-up of a new flagship on Quantum Technologies, and preparatory actions for new Flagships.
(N.B. All draft work programmes are made public before the adoption of the work programme 2018-2020 to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of this work programme. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value.)