The Horizon 2020 Pathfinder (FET-Open) is a highly competitive unique grant. Pathfinder (FET-Open) (FET stands for: Future and Emerging Technologies) supports the early-stages of the science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies.

Pathfinder (FET-Open) funds collaborative projects similar to the regular projects under the various themes of Horizon 2020, but it has unique attributes which make it stand out. Its true bottom-up approach (its “openness”) invites projects from all scientific and technological areas. The level of novelty expected in Pathfinder (FET-Open) projects is higher compared to any of the other themes of Horizon 2020, and on top of that the application format is more demanding than the regular applications.

Pathfinder (FET-Open) tends to attract many applicants who do not find a suitable topic in the Horizon 2020 themes work programs. However, many of these do not realize that Pathfinder (FET-Open) does not serve as a substitute or an alternative to the Horizon 2020 themes. This results with high oversubscription rates and corresponding low success rates in this unique grant.

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