The recently open Horizon Europe brings new opportunities for the European scientific and engineering community to develop the next generation of cutting-edge technology. The new Pathfinder (previous FET in Horizon 2020 programme) will allocate more than € 300 million for high-risk and radical new ideas, distributed through open calls and specific challenges.
The EIC Pathfinder Open will grant projects up to €3M in any area. EIC Pathfinder Open supports high risk/high gain collaborative projects to prove of principle that the main ideas of the envisioned future technology are feasible, thus validating its scientific and technological basis
The EIC Pathfinder Challenges will fund projects up to €4M to solve a range of specific challenges grouped in:
- Awareness Inside. Artificial Intelligence has been on the EU agenda for decades but little advances on real awareness have been done than sophisticated devices sensorization. This challenge would allow a step-up in engineering complex systems, making them more resilient, self-developing and human-centric.
- Tools to measure and stimulate activity in brain tissue. Common diseases or brain disorders such as Parkinson, epilepsy or neurodegeneration caused for ageing, are paramount priorities in medical research. Advances on measure and stimulate brain activity has proven to be powerful therapeutic tools for brain diseases treatment.
- Emerging Technologies in Cell and Gene therapy: Cell-based therapy is a promising strategy for effective treatment across a wide range of diseases through the focus so far, which has primarily been on cancer. On the other hand, gene therapy is a top priority in genomic medicine yet this full potential is far from today’s development status.
- Novel routes to green hydrogen production. Since the previous H2020 framework, the European Green Deal Strategy is a cornerstone for Europe´s 2050 climate neutrality goal. To prescind for the use of fossil fuels to produce H2 will be the basis for a European strategy to develop efficient, sustainable and flexible energy systems on the seek of a carbon-neutral continent.
- Engineered Living Materials. Self-construction and self-regeneration materials is a promising but infant technology that will pave the future material engineering. The fields of use of living materials are endless and will open new market niches.
Despite Pathfinder (FET OPEN) used to be a very competitive scheme (5% success rate on H2020 last call) it is also a very attractive call for researchers as it provides a 100% funding rate