H2020 Fast Track to Innovation FTI

Fund Name: Fast Track to Innovation
Project Length: No more than 3 years from start
Project Value: Share of €100m
Deadline: 21/02/2019


The Horizon 2020 Fast track to innovation grant – FTI – accelerates the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding in an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe.

FTI supports actions undertaking innovation from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including activities such as piloting, test-beds, systems validation in real-world working conditions, validation of business models, pre-normative research, and standard-setting.

Fund Details

FTI actions are encouraged to be interdisciplinary, cutting across different sector and technologies. Therefore, actions supporting innovative concepts that have the potential to disrupt or to create new markets are particularly welcome.

In your proposal, you should:

  • Specify the intended outcome and describe key performance indicators and success criteria.
  • Make reference to and incorporate a business plan clearly describing the following. Market potential, business opportunities for participants, measures to enhance the probability of eventual commercial take-up, and a credible commercialisation strategy that identifies next steps and specifies other actors to be involved.
  • Pay particular attention to IP protection and ownership and to the possibility of commercial exploitation.
    Specify the expected impact in terms of competitiveness and growth of the business partners in the consortium, measured in terms of turnover and job creation.
  • Clearly describe the expected impact in both qualitative and quantitative terms, with factors such as time sensitivity and international competitiveness considered in the light of the technology field, innovation area and industry sectors concerned.

If your proposal involves technological innovation, the technology /technologies concerned should be at least at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6. The intention will be to bring the TRL up to 8 for technological innovations and to an analogous level of maturity for non-technological innovations during the lifetime of the FTI action.

The time to initial market take-up should be no more than 3 years from the start of your FTI action.

Rolling deadlines

The maximum EU contribution per action is €3 million (funding rate: 70% for for-profit entities; 100% for not-for-profit entities).

Rolling deadlines for the Horizon 2020 Fast track to innovation grant:

23 October 2018
21 February 2019
23 May 2019
22 October 2019
19 February 2020
09 June 2020
27 October 2020

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