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Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

Key features of the call for projects

Porteur(s) de projet : ETI, Grand groupe, PME

Opening date: November 7th, 2017

Date de clôture : June 9th, 2020

Dimension : Europe


Type de financement : Subvention

Thématique(s) médicale(s) : All

Secteur(s) industriel(s) :

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.

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

Deadline of cut-offs:

  • 9 February 2020 17:00:00
  • 9 June 2020 17:00:00
  • 27 October 2020 17:00:00


If your proposal involves technological innovation, your consortium should declare that the technology or the technologies concerned are 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 nontechnological innovations during the lifetime of the FTI action.


FTI actions are encouraged to be interdisciplinary, cutting across different sectors and technologies. 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 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 (often known as 'freedom to operate').
  • 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.

The time to initial market take-up should be no more than 3 years from the start of your FTI action. In very well-justified cases linked to the specific characteristics of a particular innovation field or industry sector, the time to initial market take-up could be longer.

Possible impacts on sustainability or climate change, in particular, or on other cross-cutting objectives of Horizon 2020, must be highlighted. Participation from industry in your consortium is mandatory. Universities and research and technology organisations can also participate.

Actors with an important role in commercialisation are encouraged to take part, such as cluster organisations, end-users, industry associations, incubators, investors, and the public sector. Including start-ups with groundbreaking ideas that could create new markets is encouraged.


Link to the Participant Portal