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‘The project needs to put in place a well-articulated strategy for the
management of its intellectual property and actively develop mechanisms
to promote and exploit it.’
Project management
Attention then turned to the administration of the project, for which the
Graphene Flagship was praised. The experts drew attention to the
‘intensive inter-work package and intra-work package collaborations’,
which they called to be ‘expanded’ and ‘stimulated’.
‘An example of an area where this would be beneficial,’ said the
assessors, ‘is the way materials are being handled, including the
characterisation of materials and provision of samples, and ensuring
feedback on those samples. Through data collection and monitoring tools,
it should become possible to track the level of interaction using
meaningful key performance indicators.’
The experts added that project management has been ‘exemplary’ and
that further associated partners should be invited to join the venture if
such a move would be beneficial. Dissemination efforts were described
as ‘impressive’, and the experts concluded by encouraging the use of
‘objective, published criteria’ and ‘transparent and open communication’
in regards to any future modifications of the work focus of the flagship
and the partners involved.
The positive review of the graphene project illustrates the significant
benefits and great potential to both European science and society of the
FET flagship. Groundwork has successfully been laid for this ambitious,
long term venture, helping to ensure a successful realisation of the
project’s aims and goals.
‘impact on science and technology’,
symbolises such accomplishments.
The experts then moved to briefly discuss some
of the breakthroughs of the FET flagship,
adding it is important that the project continues
to focus on developing such advances likely to
have the greatest impact and ensures such
visionaries reach the marketplace whilst
protecting intellectual property (IP).
‘Just after one year, there have been
many successful developments in the various
work packages, including the results on
biocompatibility of graphene, the extension of
the tunability range of lasers, and the transfer
of graphene layers for flexible electronics.
‘While pursuing scientific and technical
progress is important, it is crucial that the
flagship continues to focus its efforts on those
parts of the work that have the highest potential
for translating into economic and societal
benefits. Keeping in mind the overall goals of
bringing graphene from the lab to society, the
consortium should put into place mechanisms
to identify and accelerate innovations that have
the greatest potential to benefit Europe. A clear
strategy for the management of IP should be
set up.’
Economy and society
The experts continued their executive summary
by further emphasising the importance of the
Graphene Flagship to the European economy and
society, in addition to building links with industry.
The evaluators provided recommendations on
how best to achieve this goal.
‘In addition to keeping the right balance
between exploratory and technology-oriented
research, the consortium should put into place
mechanisms to identify and accelerate on those
technology areas and related innovations that
have the greatest potential to create benefits
for Europe’s economy and society.
‘In that respect: the project has a unique
opportunity to provide a platform as well as tools
that complement the existing environment of
local/ national innovation ecosystems and to
foster the development of new ones. To achieve
this, it is crucial that the consortium creates links
with industry not only by organising their own
events but also by attending and contributing to
events and venues linked to most promising
industrial areas.
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