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FET Flagships

Flagships are visionary, science-driven, large-scale research initiatives addressing grand Scientific and Technological (S&T) challenges. They are long-term initiatives bringing together excellent research teams across various disciplines, sharing a unifying goal and an ambitious research roadmap on how to achieve it.

FET Flagships will establish Europe as the leader in their specific domains and a pole of attraction for international cooperation; they will nurture creativity, flair and talent, attracting the best minds all over the world and creating the skilful multi-disciplinary researchers Europe needs.
By leading, inspiring and integrating efforts, Flagships become a new partnering model for long-term European collaborative research in the context of the European Reseach Area (ERA).

Eventually, Flagships will:

  • turn scientific advances into concrete innovation opportunities, growth and jobs,
  • contribute to addressing some of the major societal challenges Europe is facing.

FET Flagships are expected to run for about 10 years, with a total budget of around 1 billion Euros. They will bring together a large number of research organisations, including academia, large industry and SMEs. This bold investment cannot be carried out alone by the Commission or any single Member State. It requires establishing a close link between related activities at European, national and regional levels and ensuring a mutual reinforcement from the Commission and the Member States of the research activities that contribute to the Flagship.

The Running projects in H2020

In October 2013 the European Commission, under its Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), launched two FET Flagship projects: Graphene and The Human Brain Project (HBP).
The last Flagship call closed on 10th June 2014.
Currently there are no other funding opportunities planned in 2014 and 2015.

The European Commission published  in September 2014 the FET Flagship Staff Working Document, announcing the implementation model for the Flagships in H2020 (overview and presentation).


Graphene, the first available two-dimensional carbon-based material, has a great potential to underpin new disruptive technologies, substituting materials used in existing applications but also leading to radically new markets and applications. The Flagship aims to take graphene and related layered materials from the realm of fundamental science to industrial and societal applications in the space of ten years. The Flagship will establish a new technology platform that will leverage the advantages of these materials as compared to silicon.

Major technological impacts are expected in:

  • flexible electronics,
  • high-frequency electronics,
  • novel logic devices,
  • novel spintronic devices, and also
  • in domains far beyond ICT.

Novel composites, more efficient batteries and new types of sensors are examples of technologies that will benefit from graphene and related materials in a variety of fields of deployment: from energy to automotive technologies, and from chemical processes to aerospace.

The initial Consortium brings together 75 academic and industrial research groups from 17 European countries. Four Nobel Laureates are participating in the Flagship. The Consortium covers areas from quantum physics, material science and chemistry to electronics, engineering and device production.

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The humain brain project

Understanding the human brain is one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. The Human Brain Project (HBP) aims to combine all existing knowledge and data about the human brain to build a realistic computer model of the brain by 2023. Such model will help researchers understand how the human brain works and the diseases affecting it.

The HBP Flagship will have a potentially massive impact in neuroscience, new treatments for brain disease like Alzheimer or Parkinson, new brain-inspired computers and robots.

The HBP gathers a large consortium of 112 partner organisations, mostly from Europe but also from the USA, Japan, and China and involves world leading experts. It is a multidisciplinary consortium which includes experts in computer science, neuroscience, robotics, micro-electronics, and also in innovation and exploitation, ethics, education, programme management and communication.

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The FLAG-ERA project gathers representatives from ministries and research funding organisations in Europe's Member States and Associated Countries with the goal of defining and jointly implementing activities supporting the two FET Flagship initiatives.

FLAG-ERA provides a framework for its members to come together and coordinate their activities to:

  • identify and/or fund researchers and projects relevant to the Flagships, and
  • put money on a common pot and launch calls for projects that enable researchers from different countries to propose joint projects in support of the Flagships.

FLAG-ERA and the two flagship projects, Graphene and HBP, work closely on the definition of areas and topics of mutual relevance.


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From 20/10/2015 - 02:00 to 22/10/2015 - 02:00
Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, Portugal,

ICT 2015, the largest ICT event organised by the European Commission, will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 20-22 October 2015. Save the date in your calendar and do not miss the opportunity to "Innovate, Connect, Transform" with us! Read more

From 24/09/2015 - 02:00 to 25/09/2015 - 02:00
London (UK),

The RE.WORK Future Technology Summit will gather experts to learn about future technologies and discuss their impact on science and society. The Future and Emerging Technologies unit of the European Commission will be part of the discussion. Read more

From 28/07/2015 - 02:00 to 30/07/2015 - 02:00
London (UK),

FET will be present at the SAI Conference with a talk presenting what FET is and the future funding opportunities. Read more


24/11/2014 - 12:44

Chalmers University of Technology, the coordinator of the Graphene Flagship project Chalmers will launch its massive open online course on graphene. The course will be free of charge and accessible to anyone with a computer. The teacher is Jie Sun, Assistant Professor in the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory of the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience. Read more

17/11/2014 - 11:28

Just imagine being able to surf through the brain and its 86 billion neurons - well now you can! Scientists have developed the first high-definition 3D model of a complete human brain - it is called BIG BRAIN. Read more

17/11/2014 - 11:17

Just imagine being able to surf through the brain and its 86 billion neurons - well now you can! Scientists have developed the first high-definition 3D model of a complete human brain - it is called Big Brain. Read more


18/06/2015 - 02:00

Latest news on Future and Emerging Technologies research: funding opportunities, latest Project news, reporting on workshops & conferences, future events. Read more

02/06/2015 - 02:00
Brussels (Belgium),

The Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) bureau of the European Parliament explored Graphene and other 2D materials in a workshop called "From Nobel Prize to technology, innovation and industrial competitiveness. Questions raised during the workshop ranged from: " why are these materials so special?" to "will the Graphene Flagship project allow Europe to take the driving seat in these technologies, and turn them into growth and jobs?". Read more

20/05/2015 - 02:00

Latest news on Future and Emerging Technologies research: funding opportunities, latest Project news, reporting on workshops & conferences, future events. Read more

Project stories

17/03/2015 - 12:05

These new industrial partners will bring in complementary competences and capabilities in specific areas, such as aerostructures manufacturing, biosensors, and supercapacitors. Read more

16/12/2014 - 16:04

Graphene is the strongest, most impermeable and conductive material known to man. Graphene sheets are just one atom thick, but 200 times stronger than steel. The European Union is investing heavily in the exploitation of graphene’s unique properties through a number of research initiatives such as the SEMANTICS project running at Trinity College Dublin. Read more

23/06/2014 - 14:01

To coincide with Graphene Week 2014, the European Commission announces that the Graphene Flagship, one of the largest-ever European research initiatives, is doubling in size. 66 new partners are being invited to join the consortium following the results of a €9 million competitive call. Read more


01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

11/03/2015 - 11:18

Latest news on FET research on funding opportunities, evaluation results, new H2020 FET projects starting, Flagship news, focus on German participation in FET projects....and more. Read more

06/03/2015 - 12:26

The Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) unit of the European Parliament published an analysis entitled "Ten technologies which could change our lives: Potential impacts and policy implications", covering topics such as Graphene and Massive Online Courses. Read more

Press Release

05/12/2014 - 18:33

Today (5 December 2014) the European Union and Switzerland signed a comprehensive international agreement associating Switzerland to parts of Horizon 2020, Research and Training Programme of Euratom and the ITER project. This will see Switzerland participate in project consortia in eligible programmes on an equal footing with EU Member States, while financially contributing to these programmes with an estimated €400 million until the end of 2016. Read more