FET-Open is happy to announce the launch of a new funding objective - a continuous scheme targetted at young scientists with high potential - FET Young Explorers.
This objectives gives young researchers and scientists the opportunity to take their ideas forward in the form of small STREP proposals, with possibility of funding in the order of EUR 1 million. This objective is truly designed with the needs of young scientists in mind. Successful projects must be led by a young researcher, and the leadership by young researchers of all work packages is also required. No more than six years should have elapsed between the award of a Ph.D. (or equivalent) for each such young researcher and the date of submission of the short proposal.
The FET Young Explorer Objective aims at capturing the creative potential of young researchers by fostering their leadership and participation in collaborative research projects targeting first-ever and exploratory, multi-disciplinary research. This exploration should be grounded in scientifically plausible ideas that can provide a novel basis for the development of radically new concepts and visions that extend the conventional boundaries of ICT. New multi-disciplinary approaches and unconventional methodologies are encouraged.
The FET Young Researchers objective is the place to submit first ever ideas which can change the fact of ICT and computing forever. In particular, successful projects are expected to open new avenues of research towards future ICT that may be radically different from present day ICT, empower the next generation of European science and technology leaders through their increased leadership of collaborative ICT research, and promote early independence of young high potential researchers.
The FET Young Researchers scheme is continuously open until 11 September 2012. FET-Open applies a two-step submission scheme and FET-Open specific eligibility and evaluation criteria (see Appendix 5 of the 2011-2012 Work Programme for further details).