Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
FET Open: novel ideas for radically new technologies
FET Open, which will represent 40% of the overall FET budget in Horizon 2020, is entirely non-prescriptive with regards to the nature or purpose of the technologies that are envisaged. FET Open covers all technological areas, without budget specifically earmarked for ICT.
In WP2016-17, a new activity aiming at stimulating innovation by initiating entrepreneurial activities around results from FET research projects is introduced, the ‘FET Innovation Launchpad’.
FET Proactive: boosting emerging technologies
Two calls are proposed in FET proactive, one specifically addressing High Performance Computing and another one entitled ‘Boosting emerging technologies’, with its main topic ( ‘FETPROACT-01-2016: FET Proactive: emerging themes and communities’) covering four areas, out of which one proves particularly relevant for ICT (‘Area 3: Disruptive information technologies’).The two other topics of this second call are introducing the possibility of supporting ERA-Net co-fund actions in FET Proactive. One of these two topics specifically targets quantum technologies.
FET Flagships: tackling grand interdisciplinary science and technology challenges
The two flagships launched in 2013, and already addressed in the work programme 2014-15, will be further developed and supported:
the Graphene flagship
the Human Brain Project (HBP).
Both initiatives strengthen the interfaces between ICT and other disciplines, most notably material science and neuroscience.
The e-infrastructures call for 2016-17 will support the European policies on open research data, data and computing intensive science, research and education networking, high-performance computing and big data innovation. This call is structured along the following two themes:
Theme 1 – Integration and consolidation of e-infrastructure platforms supporting European policies and research and education communities,
Theme 2 – Prototyping innovative e-infrastructure platforms and services for research and education communities, industry and the citizens at large.
In addition to eInfrastructures, ICT-related activities are present in the two other calls of the ‘Research infrastructures’ part of the work programme:
‘Development and long-term sustainability of new pan-European research infrastructures’, where an action aims at launching a pilot European Open Science Cloud for Research;
‘Support to policy and international cooperation’, where a topic specifically addresses the support to policies and international cooperation for e-infrastructures.
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