On 2 May 2014, the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme launched a public consultation on the identification of promising future research in any technological domain. As such the Commission are inviting scientists, researcher’s engineers and innovators to submit their comments before 15 June 2014.
The consultation is organised as a series of discussions, in which contributors can suggest ideas for a new FET Proactive Initiative or discuss the 9 research topics identified in the previous consultation to determine whether they are still relevant. It is important to note that the information collected via the public consultation will contribute to future FET work programmes, notably the next one which is set to take place from 2016-2017.
€2,7 billion will be invested in Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) under the new research programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). This represents a nearly threefold increase in budget compared to the previous research programme, FP7. FET actions are part of the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon 2020.
The objective of FET is to foster the development of radical new technologies by exploring novel and high-risk ideas building upon scientific foundations. By providing flexible support to goal-oriented and interdisciplinary collaborative research, and by adopting innovative research practices, FET research seizes the opportunities that will deliver long-term benefit for our society and economy.
FET Proactive Initiatives aim to mobilise interdisciplinary communities around promising long-term technological visions. They build up the necessary base of knowledge and know-how for kick-starting a future technology line that will benefit Europe's future industries and citizens in the decades to come. FET Proactive Initiatives complement FET Open Scheme, which funds small-scale projects on future technology, and FET Flagships, which are large-scale initiatives to tackle ambitious interdisciplinary science and technology goals.
The link to the Consultation is available here