Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) activities aim to create in Europe a fertile ground for responsible and dynamic multi-disciplinary collaborations on future technologies and for kick-starting new European research and innovation ecosystems around them.
These will be seeds for future industrial leadership and for tackling society's grand challenges in new ways.
The FET Open call is a part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot. It provides the EIC with a bold exploratory engine that shatters the frontiers of current thinking. All FET Open projects, even if far from today's markets, are full of great ideas to inspire the entrepreneurial minds that the EIC attracts.
A bottom-up selection process widely open to any research idea builds up a diverse portfolio of new research directions. Early detection of promising new areas, developments and trends, along with attracting new and high-potential research and innovation players, are key factors.
By being part of the EIC pilot, FET Open participants have access to the assistance, networking and financing possibilities offered by the EIC thus further increasing the leverage and increased impact from the initial high-risk investment in FET projects.
Horizon 2020 relevant information
Previous EU Research and Innovation Programmes (2007-2013)
Transnational Research and Innovation Programmes
Other EU funding
Research and Innovation in Brussels
Brussels clusters and networks hosted by hub.brussels (4 priority sectors of the Brussels Capital Region)
EU networks of thematic National Contact Points with
Other Belgian National Contact Points
Are you looking for EU funded Research and Innovation opportunities for a project idea in the field of Cities?
Find here, among the many EU funding opportunities for companies, researchers, civil society and innovators, the programmes relevant to your project.
Horizon 2020 is the 2014-2020 EU funding programme for Research and Innovation. It covers the whole research and innovation value chain, from large-scale international collaborative research projects to smaller projects with an objective of market and societal impact.
Horizon 2020 is implemented through biannual work programmes, setting all the calls for proposals and the topics for funding. Every year calls for proposals are open for these pre-defined research and innovation topics.
Under Horizon 2020, cities are addressed mostly in the work Programmes of the following Societal Challenge
• Industrial Leadership in ICT for topics about smart homes and grid, big data solutions for energy, smart hospital
• Societal Challenge 2 “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy” for topics about innovative and citizen-driven food system approaches in cities and urban biowaste
• Societal Challenge 3 “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy” for the renewed Smart Cities and Communities call
• Societal Challenge 5 "Climate action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials" for topics about air pollution, circular cities, nature-based solutions, health and well-being in cities, cultural heritage
• Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” for topics fostering socioeconomic and cultural transformations.
A list of relevant topics for cities can be found on the website of NCPs CaRE, the network of NCPs for Climate Change, Environment and Resource Efficiency to which NCPs Brussels participate.
Did you know that you could have opportunities within other areas? For calls for proposals from other societal challenges that might be of interest for this area, please check the SYNERGIES here.
For other specific instruments please see our section SMEs : Menu EU Funding >> SMEs
EUROSTARS is a transnational funding scheme from the EUREKA Programme. Its aim is to help “R&D performing SMEs” whatever the sector to get their innovation faster to the market and lead international R&D projects. You can contact INNOVIRIS for more information. EUROSTARS-2 is open to all sectors.
JPI URBAN EUROPE & CLIMATE
Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) are transnational funding whereby member states organize joint calls for proposals based on a common research agenda. The application process is organized by an international secretariat and funding comes from regional bodies according to their eligibility and financial rules.
JPI Urban Europe calls for proposals can be of interest for the cities: it aims at co-funding projects that promote an attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas.
Your contact in Brussels: INNOVIRIS.
The Association of the City and Municipalities of the Brussels Capital Region is offering information a dedicated service to municipalities from the Brussels-Capital Region to identify EU funding for all projects. Brulocalis is working in partnership with NCP Brussels.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of approximately 79 billion euro.
The EIC enhanced pilot is the evolution of the SME Instrument and it aims at supporting top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.
With this aim the European Commission on the 18 March 2019 published the updated version of the Work Programme called Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot for the period 2019-2020 of Horizon 2020 programme, with the allocated budget of around 2 billion euros.
The updated Work Programme brings together a number of existing funding instruments and some new features, which will foresee next Horizon Europe 2021-2027 Programme. Particularly, the Pathfinder (FET Open and FET Proactive) will support ambitious and high-risky collaborative research projects aiming at developing radical and innovative technologies.
The Accelerator (SME Instrument) will address SMEs and start-ups with radically innovative marketable ideas, with the aim of accelerating their scaling-up on European and global markets.
Among the main changes introduced in the updated version of the Work Programme are:
• Phase 1 SME Instrument will be discontinued, the final deadline for applications will be 5 September 2019.
• New financing option, an equity component, is integrated in the current Phase 2 SME Instrument (EIC Accelerator), starting from October 9th 2019. From this deadline the funding will be provided in the form of grant only, or blended finance (combining grant and equity).
• Further details on the equity option will be announced by the Commission in the coming weeks.
• Starting from the 9 October 2019 single beneficiary only (a single company, not a consortium) can apply for Phase 2/EIC Accelerator.
The current Work Program 2019-2020 brings together under the common Framework several Instruments such as Open FETs, Proactive FETs, SME Instruments, Fast Track to Innovation and Inducement Prize, in order to strengthen breakthrough innovations and to provide support to innovative firms and entrepreneurs with the potential to scale up rapidly at European and global levels.
For more information visit the website: https://ec.europa.eu/research/eic/index.cfm
Also, visit our page Funding Opportunities for SMEs