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