A report has been published by the Future and Emerging Technologies Advisory Group (FETAG), bringing recommendations for new research initiatives to be funded through the FET Flagship program.
A public consultation resulted in 24 submissions for flagships and the Advisory Group identified in the report 3 favourable Thematic Fields for flagships:
- Health and Medicine (including Personalized Medicine, Gene Editing, Wearable and Implanted Technologies, Management of Health Systems and Technology for the Elderly).
- Connected Society (including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Complex System (e.g. cities), Transportation, Novel Functional Materials for Components and Systems).
- Environment (including Climate Change, Water and Air Availability and Quality, Alternative Energy Resources , Sustainability and Quality of Life).
The Advisory Group also underlines the need of FET Flagships to be aligned with Key Enabling Technologies (KET) and involve ICT technologies such as Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and new materials-based components. A requirement for the involvement of researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities area, in order to address the societal view point, is also suggested as a requirement for the future Flagships.
The Advisory Group indicates that to qualify as a potential FET Flagship, a research initiative should satisfy specific criteria that include being a game changer, relevant to society, requiring a critical mass of resources and based on scientific excellence. It should be mission focused and also have a clear European added value, involving a large scale academia and industry partnership and bringing industry and economic added value.