FLAG-ERA gathers most regional and national funding organisations (NRFOs) in Europe with the goal of supporting the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship concept and more specifically, the FET Flagship initiatives Graphene and Human Brain Project (HBP). FLAG-ERA contributes to the construction of the two Flagship initiatives on graphene and human brain research, and also offers support to the four non-selected pilots to progress towards their goals with adapted means.
In order to enhance complementarities and synergies of regional, national and European research programmes and initiatives, the funding organisations share information on these programmes and initiatives, identify gaps and overlaps, and can thus adapt their thematic program and launch new initiatives according to the identified needs.
For instance, the funding organisations in FLAG-ERA can launch transnational calls enabling researchers from different countries to propose joint contributions to the Flagships. In order to encourage the actual construction of the Flagships and take-up of their results, the funding organisations propose networking sessions for the research communities and other stakeholders, including industry. FLAG-ERA will thus offer a platform to coordinate a wide range of sources of funding towards the realization of the very ambitious research goals of the FET Flagships.