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The Flagship ERA-NET

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FLAG-ERA II (The Flagship ERA-NET)

Reporting period: 2016-12-01 to 2017-11-30

FLAG-ERA contributes to the objectives of the two FET Flagships, namely model the brain for the Human Brain Project and bring graphene from the laboratory to the society for the Graphene Flagship. More specifically, the objective of FLAG-ERA is to support the part of the Flagship initiatives funded by national and regional funding organisations in Europe. By bringing together research teams across various disciplines sharing a unifying goal and a research roadmap on how to achieve it, and by gathering efforts funded by the European Commission and by the Member States into a long-term, large scale initiative, Flagships can aim at solving grand scientific and technological challenges. FLAG-ERA thus supports research and innovation activities which are both contributing to the FET Flagship objectives and benefiting from the synergies offered by the Flagship partnership model. A specific objective of FLAG-ERA II is to launch a new Joint Transnational Call, the JTC 2017, with a budget of about 15 M€. Compared to the first FLAG-ERA call, the JTC 2015, launched in the framework of FLAG-ERA I, the main novelty introduced by this new call is that it includes an applied research and innovation part in addition to the basic research part, thus accompanying the evolution of the Flagships towards higher TRLs and supporting the delivery of concrete results for the European society.
During the first period, a major activity has been to launch the JTC 2017, evaluate the submitted proposals and select the projects recommended for funding. 69 pre-proposals were submitted to the call, representing a total requested funding of 44.1 M€. Three scientific evaluation panels, one for each call topic, were set up. 41 proposals were pre-selected and the corresponding applicants invited to submit a full proposal. These full proposals were evaluated and 35 were ranked above threshold. Out of these, 23 projects could be selected, representing a total requested funding of 14.2 M€. This represents an overall 33% success rate in term of the number of projects and a 32% success rate in term of funding. Besides, communication activities were actively pursued, mainly through the FLAG-ERA web site. In particular, news about the first results of the JTC 2015 projects were published. Regular exchanges with the two Flagships took place at the occasion of FLAG-ERA workshop or Flagship events. In addition, the 4 projects selected in the framework of the JTC 2016 have been launched.
23 new projects have been selected in the framework of the JTC 2017. They add up to the 19 projects of the JTC 2015. Altogether, this represents a global funding of 23 M€. These 42 projects constitute most of the Flagship partnering projects and strengthen the Flagships. Besides, the support provided to the JTC 2016 projects, for a total amount of funding of 9.3 M€, is expected to improve the offer for potential new Flagships of Flagship-like programmes.
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