EU-Project: Tracing impacts of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme


The FET_Traces project will measure and assess the direct and indirect impacts of the FET programme on the science and technology landscape and its perception by individual researchers who are potential proposers for FET Open and FET Proactive projects. The impact assessment will be based on a comprehensive theoretic foundation, it will develop a targeted indicator set covering central aspects of the FET mission like novelty, multi-disciplinarity, innovation eco-systems, and becoming a relevant player in the European funding landscape.
For the data collection we will use standard impact assessment methods like bibliometrics, patent analysis, online surveys and workshops, but we will also try out an innovative method for determining the level of novelty of FET projects (LDAanalysis).
In addition to the impact assessment we will analyse strategies of selected “successful”, breakthrough-projects and communicate those at the coming FET conference. The study will also include insights from FET-like funders on national levels in Europe.
FET_TRACES is a research project funded by the European Commission that analyzes and measures the impacts of the research funding scheme “Future and Emerging Technologies Open” (FET Open and FET Proactive). Within the European research funding landscape, the FET scheme acts as a pathfinder for new ideas and themes for long-term research in the area of information and communication technologies and beyond. Its mission is to promote high risk research, offset by potential breakthrough with high technological or societal impact (see )

Partner:  Fraunhofer ISI in Karlsruhe, Germany (coordinator) (contact Bernd Beckert) and AIT in Vienna, Austria (contact Petra Schaper Rinkel).


Project starting Juli 2015 – until November 2017