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New HORIZON 2020 â‚¬100 million Pilot Action: Fast Track to Innovation
The HORIZON Fast Track to Innovation!
A new opportunity for arts driven innovation?
The European Commission published an update on the HORIZON 2020 Work Programme in which the new pilot action ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ is being introduced, it was announced on 22 July 2014.
What is the Fast Track to Innovation?
The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot is the only measure in Horizon 2020 that provides funding for close to market, business driven projects, that is open to proposals in any area of technology or application. This thematic openness – combined with the possibility for all kinds of innovation actors to work together and deliver innovation onto the market and/or into society should allow higher arts education institutions, together with business partners to enter the HORIZON programme. However, it does require strong business involvement. They are intending to give promising innovation ideas the last push before entering the market.
Proposals must be submitted by consortia consisting of three to five organisations from at least three EU Member States or countries associated with HORIZON 2020. Impact is the most important criterium for selection.
Different from other HORIZON actions, the Fast Track to Innovation scheme will be open for applications from 6 January 2015 onwards. Proposals can be submitted at any time as of that date, and they will be ranked following three cut-off dates in 2015: 29 April, 1 September and 1 December 2015.
For more information on FTI go to europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-849_en.htm
and visit the HORIZON 2020 Funding Participant Portal: