Fast Track to Innovation

Horizon 2020 has introduced a new measure, the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot, which started in 2015.

FTI is a truly unique instrument. It provides funding for close to market, business driven projects for small consortia of three to five entities in any field. The objective of this measure is to encourage companies to participate in Horizon 2020, especially those that have never participated before. 

How to participate

  • Proposals must be submitted by consortia. They comprise three to five legal entities, that are established in at least three different EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020.
  • Proposals must be "business-driven". They should give promising innovation ideas the last push before entering the market. Substantial industry involvement in FTI actions will be mandatory. Involvement of industry partners should help the solution be taken up by the market more quickly. "Industry involvement" means that at least 60% of the budget is allocated to industry participants in the consortium, or that a certain quota of industry participants is met (two in a consortium of three to four partners; three in a consortium of five partners). 

No thematic restrictions, a continuously open call

  • Any topic is eligible.The FTI Pilot has a budget of € 100 million per year. It will be implemented across the Horizon 2020 priority “Societal Challenges” and the specific objective “Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEITs)”. 
  • Proposals can be submitted at any time! The pilot will be implemented through one common and continuously open call. Proposals will be evaluated and ranked and funding decisions taken after three cut-off dates each year.

Call publication and cut-off dates

Proposals can be submitted at any time, and they will be ranked following three cut-off yearly dates. The call closed in 2016 so as to evaluate the previous calls results and decide on its future in the 2018-2020 Work Programme. 

For more information

Fast Track to Innovation Call

European Commission Memo on FTI