Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

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A grant to open up new markets

The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) programme promotes close-to-the-market innovation activities, with a maximum time-to-market of 36 months. The programme is valid for any type of idea and participant, so long as there is a relevant industry participation within the consortium, which must be between 3 and 5 entities (with a minimum of 3 EU countries involved).

FTI helps to create and test products, services, and processes that have the potential to revolutionize or create entirely new markets by:

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  • Reducing the time from idea (which can be of any topic) to market
  • Facilitating and encouraging the participation of industrial entities that had not previously participated in programmes due to complex administration, lower TRLs, or larger consortia required in H2020 and FET.
  • Increasing investment in research and innovation from the private sector

FTI is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot. During the period from 2018-2020, each year will have a total of 3 annual cut off dates in February, May and October.

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Helps potential new markets

It is the world’s largest R&D grant for revolutionary products and processes.

Promotes short-term ideas

It finances projects that can be developed in a maximum of 36 months.

Consortium Projects

The vast majority are carried out through consortium projects of 3 to 5 companies.

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