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Proactive Initiatives in FP6 (2002-2006)

What are FET Proactive Initiatives?

FET proactive initiatives aim at focusing resources on visionary and challenging long-term goals that are timely and have strong potential for future impact . These goals provide a common strategic perspective and a focal point around which a critical mass of research can be assembled and synergies developed.

Proactive initiatives are launched through calls for proposals. The total budget per initiative in a call may be in the range of 15 to 30 million Euro.

Topics covered by the Proactive Initiative

Proactive initiatives are launched on topics where early ground breaking work has already demonstrated an important potential, but where significant scientific or technological barriers and risk justify a concerted action at basic research level before the area can be taken up as mainstream industrial research. The initiatives usually involve multidisciplinary work at the frontier of information technology and other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, life sciences, psychology, etc.
The choice of topics includes on the one hand, an evolution of successful initiatives in earlier calls and, on the other hand, new topics added to the portfolio. While the choice of topics to be included in call 3 is being finalised, we are actively looking for inputs for the definition of topics for later calls. In particular, we have established a forum for proposing and discussing topics that may be the object of future proactive initiatives.

Download presentations giving an overview on the fet proactive initiatives: Part 1 (Zipped PDF, 1.1MB) - Part 2 (Zipped PDF, 0.8MB)

Implementation in FP6

While in FP5 proactive initiatives were implemented as project clusters, the intention in FP6 is to implement them exclusively through the new instruments: Integrated Projects (IPs) and Networks of Excellence (NoEs). Each proactive initiative will typically consist of one or more integrated projects and, in some cases, a NoE.

Detailed general description of IPs and NoEs - Background documents on the FP6 instruments .
Detailed guidance on the implementation of NoEs in FET proactive initiatives

For each proactive initiative it is planned to have an advisory board , common to all projects, composed of high-level scientists, industrialists, or other stakeholders. The role of the advisory board will be to provide the Commission with a critical assessment of progress in the initiative, as well as provide advice on strategic, technical and managerial issues. The members of the board are selected by the Commission in consultation with the projects.
During the lifetime of a proactive initiative, new solutions and ideas could emerge that are more suitable for the achievement of the objectives of the initiative than the solutions originally envisaged. A flexible management approach and flexible budget allocation will therefore be necessary, with the ability to quickly re-orient projects if parts of them become obsolete or in order to seize new opportunities. In this context, self-assessment activities and a dynamically revised research roadmap (to be elaborated by the IPs and/or the NoE) will be important for the proactive initiative as a whole. It is planned to hold regular meetings, involving participants of the integrated projects and/or network of excellence within each proactive initiative.

Links with national activities

Proactive initiatives should pursue co-operation with related initiatives in the Member States and the countries associated to FP6, seeking to maximise synergies with national research programmes and the leverage effect of European funding. Each IP should clearly demonstrate how its work relates to projects taking place at national level; and NoEs should attempt to identify national or private funding that could be secured to further their aims and increase the strategic impact of the proactive initiative as a whole.

International Collaboration

IPs and/or NoEs of a proactive initiative may consider to collaborate with and integrate in their teams research entities from non-associated third countries. Such collaboration is strongly recommended when these entities are bringing into a project critical knowledge and expertise not available within the EU and the countries associated to FP6, and which are considered essential for realising the project objectives.

In most cases, such entities participate in the project at their own cost.
However, when an entity is coming from Russia, New Independent states, Mediterranean Countries (including the western Balkans) and Developing Countries, its financing is possible within the limits of the budget available 1 . You can download the list of groups of target countries for specific measures in support of International Co-operation ( PDF ).

Participants from other third-countries than the above (e.g. USA, Japan, Canada, etc.) may also get financial support in duly justified cases (e.g. integrating an entity that would permit a project to save spending substantial resources for catching up the state-of-the-art in an essential sub-area of research). Please look for further information on the International Co-operation activities web site.

Details on the participation and financing possibilities by country of establishment of a participant are provided in Annex I of the practical guide on IP’s ( PDF ) and NoE’s ( PDF ) and in the Rules for participation in FP6 .

Networks of Excellence in proactive initiatives

Direct link to homepages

FP6 - Call 6 - STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE (not a FET Proactive Initiative)
IST_FP6_CALL 6 launched 20 December 2005,- Closing date 25 April 2006
FP6 FET Proactive Initiatives in FP6
IST_FP6_CALL 5 launched May 18th, 2005 - Closing date 21 September 2005
    IST FP6 CALL 4 launched on 1 December 2004 - Closing date 22 March 2005
IST FP6 CALL 3 launched on 15 June 2004 - Closed on 22 September 2004
IST FP6 CALL 1 launched on 17 December 2002- Closed on 24 April 2003
PAST FET Proactive Initiatives FP5

1 For participants from these countries, IST earmarked a budget of about 90 million Euro.