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FET Proactive: Evolving Living Technologies (EVLIT)


  • 6 projects selected , starting soon (or still under negotiation)

What is Evolving Living Technologies

Objective ICT-2013.9.6 FET Proactive: Evolving Living Technologies (EVLIT) (Extract from Work programme text)

Computational and self-adapting properties of living organisms are superior to recent ICT technology in many ways. Being composed of physically and chemically embodied entities, where function is associated to physical structure, they show properties such as scalability, self-reproduction, self-construction, evolvability, self-organization, adaptability and robustness. Learning to build future ICT along these lines offers a promising way to address important issues such as design complexity of ICT systems, difficulty and specificity of manufacturing, energy management, etc.
The objective is to create living technologies using the principles of biological evolution that co-organize information and matter in systems of physical entities. This includes the full range of possible methodologies, such as using living technologies built up with nano-mechatronics, biological information encoding principles, bio-inspired artificial systems or bio-hybrid systems.

Target outcome
a) Empirical, theoretical and synthetic approaches that define the key bio-inspired principles that can drive future living technologies and the environment to use them in a controlled way.
b) Significant steps towards embodying these key principles and showing their usefulness in a technological context.

Expected impact
  • Foundations, approaches and proofs of concept for a radically new type of living technology.
  • Possible contributions beyond the area of ICT (manufacturing, chemistry, biology, agriculture).

Funding Schemes: STREP

Indicative budget: EUR 16 million

Extract ICT-FET in the FP7 Work Programme 2013 ( 590KB ), including the specific "FET eligibility and evaluation criteria".


  • Call open: 10 July 2012
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 January 2013 (17h Brussels local time)
  • Start of projects: Autumn 2013


  • EVOBLISS - Technological Evolution of Synergy Between Physicochemical and Living Systems
    Project fact sheet
  • EVOEVO - Evolution of Evolution
    Project fact sheet
  • EVOPROG - General-Purpose Programmable Evolution Machine on a Chip
    Project fact sheet
  • NEBIAS - NEurocontrolled BIdirectional Artificial upper limb and hand prosthesis
    Project fact sheet
  • PLASWIRES - Engineering multicellular biocircuits: programming cell-cell communication using plasmids as wires
    Project fact sheet
  • RAMP - Real neurons-nanoelectronics Architecture with Memristive Plasticity
    Project fact sheet


FET consultation workshop on "Living Techology, Artificial Systems, Embodied Evolution" report ( 500KB ) (10 November 2011, Brussels)
Report including written contributions ( 1789KB )


Related FET Proactive Initiative: FP7 Objective ICT-2011 9.6 Unconventional Computation (UCOMP)

  • Projects starting Autumn 2012


Béatrice Marquez-Garrido (email removed)