Pathfinder is the new "Future and Emerging Technologies" Programme
The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme in Horizon 2020 explores high-risk, novel technologies. In the upcoming European Research and Innovation Framework Programme, "Horizon Europe", things will be changing! FET will be renamed "Pathfinder" and it will be part of the European Innovation Council (EIC). However, the FET spirit of high-risk / high-gain technology investigation will carry over to the new EIC Pathfinder – something which is already taking place in the current EIC Pilot phase.
Over the past decade, FET has been the powerhouse for investigating novel technologies emerging from fundamental research results. The focus has been on those technologies with high and potentially disruptive impact on society and the economy – an approach that should continue in the future!
The EIC will be established in Horizon Europe and will have 2 components: Firstly, the "EIC Accelerator", which will target mature technology and business development (building upon the former SME Instrument scheme). Secondly, the "EIC Pathfinder", which will focus on risky technology exploration, supporting novelty and paradigm change but far from any market and business considerations. In other words, Pathfinder will be the new FET programme.
The current Pathfinder Pilot builds upon the FET programme, being a continuation of FET Open and FET Proactive schemes. Furthermore, 2 new schemes were added to experiment with the application and market uptake of FET results: The "FET Innovation Launchpad" and the "EIC Transition to Innovation Activities".
This year, the last FET Open, Proactive and Innovation Launchpad calls (deadlines in May, June and October, respectively) will conclude the pilot phase of the EIC Pathfinder, before the ramp-up of the new EIC within Horizon Europe. Make good use of these last Horizon 2020 calls!
Francesco Kienzle, National Contact Point
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
New Members of EC eHealth Stakeholder Group start their Work
The European Commission has announced the new member organisations of the eHealth Stakeholder Group. The Group will support the Commission in the development of actions for the digital transformation of health and care in the EU.
EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020
In February, the European Commission launched the 7th edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators, which aims to celebrate female leaders and inspire younger generations of women. The 3 recipients of the prize will each receive €100 000. Deadline: 21.04.2020
EC Workshop on Personal Data
The European Commission is working towards the creation of a European Health Data Space, in order to foster the exchange and sharing of different kinds of health data within Europe. The first workshop took place in January and two more will follow between now and April 2020.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
More than 30 research funding opportunities for clean aviation are being offered by the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking (JU). Projects should focus on reducing carbon dioxide, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Clean Sky JU is funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and aims at reaching sustainable aviation. Deadline: 28.04.2020
Career Funding for Researchers in Companies
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship instrument includes a "Society & Enterprise" panel, which offers career funding for experienced researchers working in a company. The proposal needs to be written jointly by the researcher and the supervisor, and mobility rules apply. Euresearch offers webinars especially for applicants from the non-academic sector – have a look! Deadline: 09.09.2020
Quantum Industry Day – Save the Date!
The Quantum Industry Day gathers 350 international academic and industrial R&Ds to foster exchange and accelerate the development of new quantum products. The event covers quantum computing, sensing, instrumentation and communication. 02.10.2020, Zurich
Cybersecurity in H2020: Last Funding Opportunities
This event provides information about Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in the field of cybersecurity. Networking opportunities and best practices will also be presented. The target audience includes companies, academics and other stakeholders in the field. 22.04.2020, Bern
The largest annual ICT event in the EU will take place in December 2020! It gathers thousands of participants from all over Europe and kicks off the preparation for the next round of ICT-related calls in the upcoming EU Framework Programme. Participants can expect a series of networking activities, a high-level conference on digital policies and much more. 01.-03.12.2020, Cologne
Conference: Revitalising Democracy in Times of Division
This international conference focuses on the role of the social sciences and humanities in addressing declining trust in democratic institutions and the rise of populism. Recent research will be presented and dissemination activities targeting non-academic stakeholders will be discussed. 28.-29.10.2020, Bonn
CYSEC 2020: Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure
This conference addresses researchers and other stakeholders working on critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity. Different Horizon 2020 projects will present their results and networking opportunities will be provided. A preliminary programme will be available soon. 29.-30.04.2020, Dubrovnik