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New H2020 work programme 2018: Fast track to Innovation (FTI)

August 16 2017

FTI is a pilot call within Horizon 2020, whose purpose is to give innovative ideas the last push that they require to be brought to the market. As a part of Horizon2020, FTI call will naturally follow the new 2018-2020 programme, which was extensively discussed in our previous news message dedicated to that. Here we would like to focus on FTI in particular. 

Overall, FTI underwent little conceptual and practical changes. Let us first elaborate on the main features of FTI.

The main features of FTI are outlined below:

  • There are no topics, the call is completely bottom-up.
  • Disruptive technology should be central to the project.
  • Complementary and multidisciplinary projects are encouraged.
  • FTI projects should have a high level of advancement (TRL6 to TRL8).
  • Market entry with the product outcomes of the project should be achievable within 3 years.
  • Impact on sustainability, climate change or other objectives of H2020 must be highlighted.

Situation for the latest cut-off (25 October 2016)

H2020 FTI highlights

H2020 FTI funded projects per country

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It is apparent from the data that the UK has the highest number of beneficiaries, both from the start of the pilot and within the latest cut-off. They are followed by Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and France. The average number of partners in the approved projects is 4.7. The average budget per project is slightly shy of €2M.

FTI funded project topics in 2016

Our analysis of the topics of funded projects (total of 17) in the latest cut-off reveals that “energy” is the prevailing one by a large margin (7 projects, 41%). This is followed by advanced manufacturing (4 projects, 24%), followed by health (2 projects, 12%). These numbers are in line with the results for the whole 2016 (see pie chart), however, projects related to health and biotechnology are somewhat underrepresented in the latest cut-off compared to the whole 2016. 

Horizon 2020 FTI funded project topics in 2016


Submitted projects have 5-10% chances of success. This is likely to be similar in the new work programme. Content-wise, no changes were introduced and the FTI pilot continues as it was.

  • The total budget is €100M with a maximum of €3M per project.
  • It is required to have 3-5 partners from at least 3 different EU Member States or Associated Countries.
  • Funding rate is 70% for for-profit organizations and 100% for non-profit organisations.
  • There are 3 cut-offs per year and the deadlines for 2018 are 21 February, 1 June, and 23 October.
  • Time to grant stays at 6 months.

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