FET Young Explorers
This objective aims at capturing the creative potential of young researchers by fostering their leadership and participation in collaborative research projects targeting first-ever, exploratory, multi-disciplinary research.
This exploration should be grounded in scientifically plausible ideas that can provide a novel basis for the development of radically new concepts and visions that extend the conventional boundaries of ICT. New multi-disciplinary approaches and unconventional methodologies are encouraged.
- Opening new avenues of research towards future ICT that may be radically different from present day ICT.
- Empower the next generation of European science and technology leaders through their increased leadership of collaborative ICT research.
- Promote early independence of young high potential researchers.
This objective is expected to be addressed by small STREP proposals, each requesting a grant in the order of EUR 1 million. A project must be led by a young researcher, and the leadership by young researchers of all work packages is also required. No more than six years should have elapsed between the award of a Ph.D. (or equivalent) for each such young researcher and the date of submission of the short proposal.*
For further information on eligibility criteria and other aspects of this call, please visit the FET-Open FAQ section.
EUR 8 million. This is an indicative budget which is expected to be committed for successful proposals from the cut-off dates of 25/09/2012 up to and including 15/04/2013 (batches 14 and 15).
* Proof must be submitted at step 2 of the evaluation, together with the full proposal. Extensions of this period may be allowed only in case of eligible career breaks which must be properly documented: maternity (18 months per child born after the PhD award) and paternity leave (accumulation of actual time off for children born after the PhD award) and leave taken for long-term illness, national service.