Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation Call – 2020 Rounds Now Open

Part of the Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership Pillar, the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) scheme accelerates the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes 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.

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

Proposals for funding must be submitted by consortia comprising between three and five legal entities established in at least three different EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. Participation by private industry is mandatory, and the industry involvement requires:

The allocation of at least 60% of the budget to industry participants in the consortium.


The presence of a minimum number of two industry participants in a consortium of three or four partners, or of three industry participants in a consortium of five partners.

The maximum EU contribution per action is €3 million (funding rate: 70% for for-profit entities; 100% for not-for-profit entities). The total budget available in 2020 is €100 million.

The cut-off dates for 2020 are as follows:

19 February 2020.

9 June 2020.

27 October 2020.

Applications are made via the Horizon 2020 online submission system on the Funding & Tenders Portal.

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