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Future and Emerging Technologies

Find the most recent information on EU Funding activities in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by visiting our ICT in FP7 website , which covers ICT in the 7 th Framework Programme (FP7) 2007 - 2013.

Find the most recent information on Future and Emerging Technologies activities in
the 7th Framework Programme 2007-2013 on our FET Proactive   - FET Open Web sites.


Open Scheme in 6th Framework Programme : All calls are closed

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please visit  our FP7  FET OPEN web site


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What is FET Open?

The purpose of FET open is to enable a range of ideas for future and emerging technologies to be explored and realised. The scheme is open to the widest possible spectrum of research opportunities that relate to Information Society Technologies.

FET open offers funding implemented through Specific Targeted Research Projects (STREP) for work that could lead to breakthroughs or major advances, in particular:

FET-Open also supports the shaping, consolidation, or emergence of research communities and the coordination of national research programmes or activities in any IST-relevant area of advanced and longer term research. Such activities are implemented through coordination actions (CA) and specific support measures (SSA) .

The widest possible spectrum of research opportunities
The evolution of the information society involves the interplay of a range of technological, social and economic elements. IS technologies do not exist in a vacuum - they co-evolve in a complex manner with other societal and economic factors. It is a quickly moving field with many inter-relationships. Keeping the door open to the latest ideas as they arise from the roots, and allowing the best of these to be realised, helps aim funding at leading developments. For these reasons FET is open to any idea related to information society technologies. It not only includes the development of new technologies, but also encompasses new ways of doing things as well as creating new roles for technology. Proposals are receivable at any time, for practically the whole duration of the programme.
Bold ideas that would involve high risks
In reality many breakthroughs have depended on sparks of the imagination that resulted in leaps and bounds that were inherently unpredictable. Sometimes new ideas can seem to be 'crazy', or impractical; yet, trying out what seems to be risky can often materialise into 'new things', or 'new ways of doings things' that can ultimately become trend-setting. For this reason, it is important to have an environment within which invention and creativity can thrive. Therefore, FET is open to considering bold ideas whose realisation would involve high risks. The philosophy is to let people try things out - even if these things are only based on a dream, or a hunch, with the promise of really leading to something in the future. In this context there is no distinction of how far or how close to the market an idea might be - the important issue is the potential that it has for leading to a breakthrough.
Longer term research with sound objectives
At the same time it would be wrong to think that it is only 'wild' ideas that lead to major advances. Good, sound ideas can often take a long time and a lot of research in order to come to fruition - they too lead to major advances in the longer term. This is often the case for research work of a generic nature that could ultimately underpin a wide range of application areas. It is also true that one idea leads to another and that progress sometimes comes from the accumulation of many small innovations (for example, innovative superefficient algorithms). Many ideas may thus have matured past the 'wild phase' and been tested and proved valid to some degree, but still need persistent and long term work in order to take them to levels acceptable for industrial or commercial take-up.

Timetable FET OPEN FP6

Contacts : FET OPEN Team