Future and Emerging Technologies work programme 2016-17

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

28 October 2015

This article highlights some of features of the 2016-2017 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) part of the Work Programme compared to the 2014-2015 Work Programme.

Some of the main changes and points to note are as follows.

  • Under FET Open, a small proportion of the budget is allocated to a new Innovation Launchpad topic, which aims to support further innovation-related work to verify and substantiate the innovation potential of ideas arising from FET funded projects, as well as to support the next steps in turning them into a genuine social or economic innovation.
  • New FET Proactive topics have been selected for 2016-2017 around four areas, each with two or three sub-areas:
    • Future technologies for societal change: being human in a technological world; new science for a globalised world;
    • Biotech for better life: Intra- and inter-cell bio-technologies; bio-electronic medicines and therapies; cognitive neuro-technologies;
    • Disruptive information technologies: new computing paradigms and their technologies; quantum engineering; hybrid opto-electro-mechanical devices at the nano-scale;
    • New technologies for energy and functional materials: ecosystem engineering; complex bottom-up construction.
  • There continues to be a separate call relating to high-performance computing.
  • Finally, this work programme provides continued support to, and advancement of, the two FET Flagships (Graphene and the Human Brain Project) on the basis of Framework Partnership Agreements already established for each under the 2014-2015 Work Programme.


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