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February 22nd 2017

Two Future and Emerging Technology (FET)-Flagships were selected by the European Commission (EC) in January 2013: Graphene and Human Brain Project (HBP). Both Flagships have a runtime of 10 years and a foreseen budget of 1 billion euro. Also in 2013, an ERA-NET (FLAG-ERA) was set up to support the Flagships and to coordinate the national efforts with respect to the Flagships. Almost all European countries participate in this programme that will run for three years. A Joint Transnational Call was launched in 2015 for projects complementary to the Flagships. FOM and NWO participated for projects complementary to the Graphene Flagship and the Human Brain Project, respectively. In 2016, the follow-up ERA-NET FLAG-ERA II was granted, which will run from 2016 to 2021. Within this ERA-NET a second Joint Transnational Call will be launched for both flagships.

FLAG-ERA and FLAG-ERA II contribute in two ways to the construction of the Flagships:
1) Facilitating the integration of nationally funded projects into the Flagship Core Projects.
2) Implementing a transnational call to fund projects that can be integrated into the Core Projects directly.

FLAG-ERA II (the Flagship ERA-NET) has opened the second Joint Transnational Call for collaborative research projects on 11 January 2017. The call documents can be found in the upper right-hand corner of this page. NWO participates in the FLAG-ERA II Joint Transnational Call for Graphene with a total amount of 1 million euro, for proposals in the Basic Research part of the call. For the Dutch part of a project a maximum of 330,000 euro can be applied for.

This Announcement contains information about the topics of the call, the participating funding organisations, the eligibility criteria and the evaluation procedure. A form for the pre-proposal is also included. These can be submitted via (from 1 February 2017). The call will be evaluated in two steps with a pre-proposal followed by a full proposal. The deadline for the pre-proposal is 14 March 2017. Selected pre-proposals will be notified by the end of May 2017. The deadline for the full proposals will be in July 2017.

Additional requirements for the NWO participation can be found in the document 'NWO Guide for applicants FLAG-ERA II JTC 2017', in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

There is a 'partner-search' tool on the FLAG-ERA website to find potential consortium partners:

More information
More information can be found on the website of FLAG-ERA.
Press release FLAG-ERA II
Announcement JTC2017

The call was officially presented on 12 January 2017 at a networking event in Madrid, Spain. Parts of this event can be watched online at FLAG-ERA, the presentation of the call can be found here.

Marcel Hoek (NWO), +31 30 600 12 26.