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In order to help set up the FET Flagships, three working groups were convened.

External Advisory Group

The External Advisory Group is the successor of the FET Flagships Science Forum Coordination Group, which has changed role after the beginning of the competitive phase in the Flagships setup process. The group of experts now acts as an independent scientific advisory group to the EC regarding the FET Flagships setup process.

The group is composed along the original criteria: with 5-10 people, with signitificant representations of FET-ICT research as well as of other areas such as Life Sciences, Social and Economical Sciences, Materials, Energy or Health. The members of the group act in their personal capacity and will not be linked to any Flagship candidate. They will posssess a combination of the following profiles:

Members of the External Advisory Group

Stefan Michalowski

OECD Global Science Forum

Mario Rasett i

Institute for Scientific Interexchange

Erkki Oja

Academy of Finland

Carl-Henrik Heldin

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Uppsala

Paul 't Hoen

Technical University of Eindhoven,
IMEC Holland

Chris Hankin

Imperial College

Marcin Palys

University of Warsaw


National ICT Directors' Working Group on FET Flagship Initiatives

Strategy for consultation with Member and Associated States to align priorities in Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) leading to the launch of FET Flagship Initiatives

Background and Motivation

The challenge for Europe is to select the best initiatives and to provide lasting support at a level which allows concerted effort towards a grand ambition. FET Flagships are envisioned to run for at least 10 years, on a budget which may be in the order of 100 M€ per year and per initiative. This scale can obviously not be achieved by the Commission alone, thus it is essential to align with national research priorities, integrating along the gravity of a unifying scientific challenge. The federation of efforts will involve the research community and its institutions, national and regional funding agencies; where appropriate, with the participation of global partners and industry. As new public-public partnerships, FET Flagships will represent a powerful new instrument in shaping and building the European Research Area. Consultation with representatives of the Member and Associated States, and the assessment of FET Flagship ideas and proposals with regard to relevant national research agendas is an essential element of the setup process.

Mission and Scope

The Working Group is established with the view to:


The WG is composed of representatives of Member and Associated States principal research authorities. As FET Flagships are nucleated from the ICT Programme, the WG is based on the National ICT Directors or their representatives, but is expected to expand to include national representatives of other research areas which are relevant to the FET Flagship candidates such as life sciences, social and economical sciences, materials, energy, or health. Necessary frequency of meetings is estimated around two to three times per year.