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FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions


Proposals for Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) should be driven by relevant actors in the research field and address only one of the following sub-topics:

a. FET Communication and Outreach: Support communication activities on the FET programme and its achievements and outreach actions targeting a wide range of audiences including the general public, and going well beyond the world of academia and research. This shall stimulate the emergence of a FET community and its connection to relevant multipliers and other stakeholder networks. The activities shall use a diversity of channels and interventions (for example news items, social media, interviews, workshops, exhibitions, competitions, code camps and participatory actions for wider engagement).

b. FET Innovation: Stimulate the impact on innovation from FET-funded research and improving the innovation readiness levels of FET results, for example by providing a kind of “market place” for FET technologies, by connecting the world of research with that of, potential users, technology leaders, technology transfer organisations, entrepreneurs, investors or alternative financing channels.

c. FET Observatory: Ongoing and systematic identification of new and emerging technologies from FET portfolio analysis, trends analysis (using for instance bibliometric tools, media watch, consultations and workshops) and broader horizon scanning (beyond research), including also consideration of ethical implications, gender differences and long-term impacts on society and humankind.

Specificity to the nature of FET is a must (e.g. upstream positioning, interdisciplinarity, high-risk, novelty, long-term impact,...).

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 0.5 million (and up to 0.7 million for a.) would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

to promote excellent collaborative research and innovation on future and emerging technologies to secure and renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and that will make a difference for society in the decades to come.

  • Strengthening globally recognised European leadership in the early exploration of visionary, new and emerging technologies and with a strong engagement of scientists, citizens, innovators and policy makers.
  • Improved long-term innovation potential in Europe both from the abundance of novel ideas and the range of actors ready to take them forward.
  • Improved readiness across Europe to engage in inter-disciplinary research collaboration and to take up new, open and responsible research and innovation practices, with due attention to aspects such as education, gender differences and long-term societal, ethical and legal implications.