Two networks funded through the Marie Curie Actions (MCA) helped in preparation for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships, two visionary research projects selected by the EU for an unprecedented funding of € 1 billion each over the next decade.
The FET Flagships, Graphene and Human Brain Project, are large-scale interdisciplinary scientific initiatives which are likely to revolutionise science, technology and society at large. The Graphene project will exploit the unique properties of a recently discovered material, a freestanding monolayer of carbon, which offers numerous applications from optical devices and advanced batteries to future electronics. The Human Brain Project will focus on understanding how exactly the brain works, which can lead to new developments in medicine, neuroscience and computing.
The MCA funded two specific 'Initial Training Networks', GENIUS and FACETS-ITN, which offered the highest-quality interdisciplinary training to a pool of promising young researchers working with excellent scientists who are now involved in the Graphene and the Human Brain Project respectively. In addition, Prof. Andrea Ferrari, one of the lead scientists of the Graphene is himself a former Marie Curie fellow and recipient of a Marie Curie Excellence Award.
The Marie Curie Actions are managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA), an EU funding body attached to the European Commission, since 2009.