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FET Flagships - Partnering for excellence

16 November 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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The "FET Flagships - Partnering for excellence" event was organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Estonian Presidency of the EU. It took stock of the work of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships for Europe.

VP Ansip receiving a reposrt from Prof Mlynek

At the "FET Flagships - Partnering for excellence" event, the High-Level Steering Committee of the Quantum Technologies Flagship officially handed over their final report to Vice President Andrus Ansip. This report served as basis for defining the Quantum Flagship call published in October 2017, as well as the governance structure and implementation modalities of the Flagship. Furthermore, participants discussed how to grow the FET Flagship partnerships and ensure that they are a key partnering instrument for addressing major science and technology challenges in the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market welcomed this important report: 

The quantum flagship aims to turn Europe's excellent research results into industrial leadership. It should place Europe at the forefront of one of this century's most promising technological developments. Today’s report is our blueprint for combining and coordinating Europe's strengths in this area.

He added: “The success of the FET Flagships lies in the involvement of both academic and industrial partners from the early stages of the process. They should continue to be open and ready to evolve to serve their objectives in the best way, and according to the needs and developments of technologies.

Europe needs such ambitious projects to remain a global science leader, to bring new medical treatments, safer transport, cybersecurity and many more benefits to people. Stepping up investments in research and innovation is essential for the future of Europe“.  (see full speech)

Quantum Flagship Report

The final report was written by a group of 24 experts led by Prof. Mlynek. On the basis of this report, the Commission will start the implementation of the Quantum Flagship.  This will be done through Horizon 2020 research projects, to be launched in 2018, and complemented by a coordination and support action that will ensure coherence of the Flagship was published in October 2017 as part of the Horizon 2020 work-programme for 2018-2020.

Europe has a very strong scientific leadership in Quantum, but still needs to develop an equally strong industry. With the launch of this third FET Flagship, Europe aims to translate our knowledge into technologies in four main quantum areas: measuring and sensing, communication, computer and simulation. The Commission will therefore allocate more than 130M€ of funding next year.

Future Flagships

The input and recommendations received today from the speakers and the panellists will be taken into consideration for the development of the future FET Flagships.

Indeed, the European Commission started preparing new Flagships in 2016 in close cooperation with the Member States. The context for this process has been set by a public consultation and a roundtable hosted by Commissioner Oettinger, as well as key reports such as the Interim Evaluation of FET Flagships and the High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU R&I Programmes. A call for preparatory actions for new Flagships has been included in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020.

The aim is to select up to six preparatory actions from which, one or two new Flagships could then be selected later on and be launched in the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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