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‘While the flagship is still in its ramp-up phase,
work to prepare for the operational phase under
Horizon 2020 is in full swing. The Commission
will conclude this month a framework
partnership agreement with the flagship core
consortium, which will unlock the flagship’s
funding for the entire Horizon 2020 programme.
This will create a unique partnership uniting
Europe behind what is widely seen as a huge
range of potential industrial opportunities.’
The excellence in science director concluded
his post by drawing attention to the increasing
importance and recognition that this new
material is receiving. He acknowledged a new
roadmap from the project consortium on the
development of graphene products. Van der Pyl
also drew attention to a new report from the
European Parliament’s Scientific Foresight Unit,
which described graphene as one of the ‘ten
technologies which could change our lives’.
Significant achievements
In the ‘1st Technical Project Review’ report
summary, the experts evaluating the
Graphene Flagship said ‘good progress’ had
been made towards meeting the objectives
set out in the venture’s ‘Description of work’.
The assessors also acknowledged the
particularly positive impact the FET project is
having globally, highlighting the EU’s
investment efforts in graphene.
Other benefits have included stimulating ‘new
collaborations’, expanding the knowledge of
sector researchers about the potential use
of graphene, and the gains to society.
Such efforts, the experts say, have helped to
‘foster strategic discussions on innovation
opportunities for Europe, work on standards,
health and safety aspects, and strong links
with industry’. Furthermore, the high number
of ‘high quality scientific publications’ that
have been produced by flagship partners in
just the first year, in addition to the subsequent
T
he European Commission has announced the results of the first
annual review of the €1bn Graphene Flagship. The Future and
Emerging Technologies (FET) project received a positive appraisal
following a three-day evaluation by 14 independent experts in Brussels
during January. The assessors held talks with the Graphene Consortium,
which now comprises 142 academic and industrial research groups in
23 countries, along with four associated members. The evaluation
covered the period from the beginning of October 2013 to the end of
September 2014.
Thierry van der Pyl, director of excellence in science, DG CONNECT in
the European Commission, was eager to share the positive results.
Writing on the blog for the Digital Agenda for Europe, van der Pyl said
the flagship had made successful progress so far.
‘The overall conclusion is that the flagship has made good scientific
and technical progress over its first year of activities. This review also
confirms that the impact of graphene as the first of a new class of 2D
single-layer materials promises to be revolutionary in a wide range of
potential applications and uses. Some of these are still in the early
research stage, while for others attention is already turning towards the
challenges of innovation and exploitation. The experts confirmed that
the project is providing worldwide credibility and visibility to the EU
investments in graphene.’
New deal
Van der Pyl then drew attention to the next stage of development of the
relationship between the Graphene Flagship and the Commission, and
the releasing of further funding for the project from Horizon 2020.
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Guiding graphene success
With a successful first annual review,
Portal
details how the Graphene FET
Flagship is already demonstrating its benefits to both the European science
community and society at large
Independent experts of
the European
Commission have
judged the Graphene
Flagship as having
made ‘good progress’
towards its goals
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