Specific challenge: The challenge is to make Europe the best place in the world for collaborative research on future and emerging technologies that will renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and that will make a difference for society in the decades to come.
Scope: Proposals shall address one of the following topics:
a) FET Observatory: identifying new opportunities and directions for interdisciplinary research towards new and visionary technology of any kind, combining evidence from FET (e.g. portfolio analysis) and other sources, as well as by broad and open stakeholder engagement, in particular through on line tools.
b) FET Communication: collecting, aggregating and disseminating information from the entire range of FET projects and activities, and using an appropriate mix of channels and formats, including activities to reach stakeholders well beyond the research communities (including the public at large), and visibility at well-selected events.
c) FET Exchange: structuring an emerging FET-relevant topic and the interdisciplinary communities around it. This shall include research roadmapping, stimulating learning and exchange (possibly with related initiatives worldwide) involving the appropriate range of disciplines and actors such as young researchers and high-tech SMEs, and broader stakeholder engagement.
d) FET Conference: supporting the organisation of the third European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition (see http://www.fet11.eu/ ). The conference shall foster a dialogue between science, policy and society on future and emerging technologies, showcase progress, seed new ideas across disciplines and involve high-potential actors that can reshape the future. Proposals will address pre-conference communication, the local organisation, participant assistance and post-conference follow-up. The event shall take place late 2015 or early 2016.
e) FET Prizes: Identifying suitable areas in which prizes and competitions can boost FET research and increase its impact. Actions shall aim to identify a diversity of such areas, investigating for each of them the rationale, competition objectives, target communities (possibly including youngsters) and organisational aspects of running the competitions.
f) FET Impact: Assessing the direct and indirect impacts of the FET programme on the science and technology landscape and its perception by individuals and society. Proposals must indicate a framework of key performance indicators, a systematic assessment methodology and perform the required data collection and analysis, in line with the overall mission of FET.
For each of the scope items a), b), d), e) and f) at most one proposal will be funded.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.3 and 0.5 million, and up to EUR 1 million for scope item d), would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
• European thought-leadership on new and emerging technologies 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 silo-breaking research collaboration and to take up new research and innovation practices.
• Improved understanding of impact mechanisms for long-term science and technology research.
Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions