The European Commission has published the Scoping Paper for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) 2018-2020 Work Programme.
The paper was developed with input from the following: FET Advisory Group report, three public consultations in spring 2016 on FET Proactive, Flagships and mathematics; research priorities of the cPPP on High Performance Computing; Digitising 'European industry communication (April 2016) and from the two existing FET Flagships. It is proposed the structure (FET Open, Proactive and Flagships) will remain the same for 2018-2020 with the following changes:
- An increase in funding available for the scheme, along with other measures to address oversubscription, such as flexible size of projects, reducing resubmission, further definition of the scope;
- Further measures to stimulate innovation; keep the innovation launchpad and possibly an European Innovation Council pilot.
- Smaller and larger scale grants with a strategic role to mature new topics for potential future Flagships;
- Proactive initiative on High Performance Computing; developing HPC towards exascale, providing access to the best supercomputing facilities and achieving excellence in HPC applications.
- Continuing support for the Graphene and Human Brain Project Flagships;
- Support for the new Quantum Flagship;
- Other new flagship initiatives, with pilot actions to be funded to support development of roadmaps.
The scoping papers are working documents not formally endorsed by the Commission, the adoption and publication of the 2018-2020 work programme is expected in October 2017.