In the coming days, the Commission will launch the interim evaluation of the two FET Flagships, the Human Brain Project (HBP) and Graphene. The evaluation will be held by a panel of high-level experts. Their goal will be to analyse the capability of the Flagships in delivering their long-term objectives. The recommendations of the evaluation panel will help fine-tuning the current implementation of the Flagships and their governance model and pave the way for future FET Flagships.

FET flagships are ambitious, highly-risky, long term and large scale research and innovation initiatives. Their mission is to address the big scientific and technological challenges of our times. The Human Brain project aims to improve our understanding of the human brain, make advances in defining and diagnosing brain disorders, and develop new brain-like technologies. Graphene, is taking graphene and related two-dimensional materials from the lab to the marketplace in many industrial sectors including opto-electronics, aerospace, automotive and energy. Launched in October 2013, the two FET Flagships are funded by the Commission through FP7 during the ramp-up phase. After more than two years of work, the two Flagships have now started delivering impressive results. Their full deployment phases, starting in April 2016, will be funded under Horizon 2020 jointly by the Commission and the Member States through a new and flexible partnering and governance model.

The time has come now to reflect on the lessons learnt with the Flagships and to analyse their capability of delivering their long-term objectives. This will be done in the framework of mid-term assessment of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation investment programme. The recommendations of the high-level experts from the evaluation panel will help fine-tuning the current implementation of the Flagships and their governance model and pave the way for future Flagships.

The evaluation panel will be chaired by Maria Chiara Carrozza, Member of the Italian Parliament and Professor at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. The other members of the panel are: Charlotte Brogren, VINNOVA; Ruth McKernan, Innovate UK; Matthias Kleiner, Leibniz Association; Michal Kleiber, European Academy of Sciences and Arts. All experts have significant experience in setting-up, running or assessing large scale research initiatives and in managing and promoting innovation. They all have a thorough understanding of the European research policy and strategy landscape.

The panel's findings and recommendations will be published in December 2016.