How to get funding

Are you a brilliant researcher with smart ideas for new technologies which could change our lives? And are you searching for financial support to turn these ideas into reality? If so, you have come to the right place! Here you can find a brief guide about applying for funds from the European Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Programme

Europe believes in the innovation potential of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and supports talented scientists, like you, who are ready to turn their visions into everybody’s future. So, if you want to apply for funding from the European FET financing programme, follow the next four steps!


1. Spot the right call

The first step consists of finding the right call for your idea. Note that FET funding calls are divided into the three following complementary schemes (see this booklet for an overview of the range of FET projects). Find the area which best fits your idea.


  • FET Open: this line of action funds brand new, early stage ideas which could lead to long term breakthroughs in science and society.
  • FET Proactive: this initiative supports the creation of new investigation teams by bringing scientists from disparate fields to work together. It also devotes resources to the development of research roadmaps and to raising public awareness on the existence and benefits of current research lines.
  • FET Flagship: this scheme focuses on large-scale, interdisciplinary challenges tackling radical innovations in modern science. Examples are the Graphene, Human Brain and Quantum Technologies projects. Typically, flagship initiatives run for a decade, with budgets of roughly one billion euro.


Have you found the best line of action for your idea? Go to the Participant Portal, your reference point throughout the whole application process. There you can register and find all FET calls for proposals!


2. Find good partners

To promote the creation of new research groups and synergies, most applications must be submitted by transnational teams of at least three independent partners from European or EU-associated countries. Do you need help to find the right partners for your idea? No worries! Multiple National Contact Points are ready to assist you. Find them on the Participant Portal and use the new Partner Search Service from July 2017.


3. Write and submit the proposal

Once you have found the right call and your team of partners has been set up, it is time to start the application process. How? By writing the proposal. This consists of an online form available on the Participant Portal. The form is divided into two parts, A and B. Part A is to be filled out with administrative information, whereas part B will host the proper description of the project. When explaining your project, remember to emphasise its excellence, impact on society and implementation!


4. Wait for the evaluation

Once the deadline of your call has passed, the submitted proposals are evaluated by the European Commission with help of experts on the chosen thematic area. At the end of the process, which takes five months, applicants are notified about the evaluation outcome.


Your application was successful? Congratulations! It is now time to sign the grant agreements which the European Commission will draw up with every partner in the team. You can start developing your ideas for tomorrow, today!


Want to find out more about the application process? Visit the Participant Portal or contact us!