Researchers from Manchester University were central in making the use of graphene possible. They will now be able to build on their achievements in an international consortium that involves 100 research groups under the leadership of Prof. Jari Kinaret, from Sweden's Chalmers University.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "Europe's position as a knowledge superpower depends on thinking the unthinkable and exploiting the best ideas. This multi-billion competition rewards home-grown scientific breakthroughs and shows that when we are ambitious we can develop the best research in Europe. To keep Europe competitive, to keep Europe as the home of scientific excellence, EU governments must agree an ambitious budget for the Horizon 2020 programme in the coming weeks."
Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:
“Having such cutting edge projects supported by the European Commission is a ringing endorsement of the UK’s world-class research base and its potential for long-term growth. These excellent collaborations will bring together leading scientists and industry partners. They will build on Government investment in graphene and high-performance computing, both areas where the UK can gain a competitive advantage.”
The second winning initiative is the Human Brain Project. It will create the world's largest experimental facility for developing the most detailed model of the brain, for studying how the human brain works and ultimately to develop personalised treatment of neurological and related diseases. Led by Prof. Henry Markram of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, The Human Brain Project involves researchers from 87 institutions, including from King's College London, UCL, the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester and De Monfort University.