JTC 2017 pre-announcement

FLAG-ERA plans to launch its next Joint Transnational Call (JTC 2017) in early January 2017. The call has been designed in collaboration with the FET Flagships Graphene and Human Brain Project and aims to add a second wave of transnational partnering projects to support and extend their work.

The purpose of the pre-announcement is to enable interested parties to start building their consortia and preparing their proposals. The call topics, the foreseen list of participating funding organisations and a tentative timeline are provided below and and further information is provided in the call pre-announcement. In order to facilitate contacts with the relevant parts of the Flagships, a correspondence table and contact information are provided for the Graphene and the HBP topics. A pre-proposal form is also provided to encourage early preparation. Note that submissions will have to include information on the potential synergies with the Flagship using a separate template derived from the Flagship Partnering Project application form, which will be published later on.

Note that this pre-announcement is for information purposes only. It does not create any obligation for the FLAG-ERA consortium nor for any of the participating funding organisations, and the official call announcement shall prevail.

FLAG-ERA will officially present the call during an information and networking day in Madrid (Spain) on the 12th of January 2017. To get more information and register, please consult the information and networking day webpage.

Call topics

The FLAG-ERA JTC 2017 comprises two topics, one for each Flagship. The Graphene part of the call is sub-divided into two sub-calls, one for basic research and one for applied research and innovation. The sub-calls covers a specific list of research areas listed below.

Graphene (Basic research)

1. Synthesis and characterization of Layered Materials (LMs) beyond graphene
2. Large scale production of heterostructures based on LMs
3. Vertical and lateral epitaxy of Graphene and Related Materials (GRMs) for optoelectronics
4. Functional ceramics incorporating GRMs
5. Inks for printing stable, GRM-based, semiconducting thin films
6. Modelling charge and heat transport in GRM-based composites
7. Ecotoxicology of GRMs
8. Nanofluidics using GRMs
9. Novel device concepts based on GRMs for quantum communication
10. Beyond CMOS switches and new computing paradigms based on GRMs

Graphene (Applied research and innovation)

1. In-situ and ex-situ quality control of GRMs
2. Controlling doping in high quality large-area graphene
3. GRMs for smart textiles
4. Functional coatings using GRMs
5. GRMs for corrosion prevention and as lubricants
6. GRMs for thermal management and thermoelectrics
7. Biorecognition of specific disease markers using GRMs
8. Highly selective gas sensors based on GRMs
9. GRM-based bioelectronic technologies

The Human Brain Project part of the call addresses both basic and applied research and consists of one sub-call. The thematic research areas to be considered for this call are also mentioned below.

HBP (Basic and applied research)

1. Human brain intracranial data and their relationship to other aspects of brain organisation
2. Comparing morphology and physiology of cortical cell types in human and non-human primates
3. Comparative aspects of brain function and connectivity
4. Cross-species multi-scale data constraints for visuo-motor integration
5. The neural bases of spatial navigation and episodic memory
6. Models of auditory processing
7. Dynamics and representation in multi-level systems of human cognitive functions
8. Modelling dendrites within active networks
9. Testing predictive coding and attractor network models
10. Biological deep Learning
11. Disease modelling and simulation
12. Innovative modelling for allosteric drug discovery
13. Integration of simulation tools, neuromorphic computing and robotics with brain and behavioural studies for developing next-generation brain-computer interfaces
14. Text mining of cellular, synaptic, connectomic or functional properties of the brain

Participating countries

The following funding organisations are foreseen to participate in the three sub-calls dedicated to the two Flagships:

  • Graphene (Basic research): BE, BG, DE, ES, FR, GR, HU, LT, LV, NL, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
  • Graphene (Applied research and innovation): ES, FR, GR, HU, IT, LT, LV, PL, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
  • HBP (Basic and applied research: BE, BG, ES, FR, HU, IT, LT, LV, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR

Tentative Timeline

The FLAG-ERA JTC 2017 has been designed with a two-step submission procedure: Applicants first need to submit a short pre-proposal. Applicants who are selected in this first step are invited to submit full proposals. A tentative timeline is provided below.

Early January 2017 Call announcement publication
January 12, 2017 Information and networking event – Madrid
14 March 2017 Pre-proposal submission deadline
End May 2017 Notification of accepted short proposals
July 2017 Full proposal submission deadline
Oct 2017 Notification of accepted full proposals
Dec 2017 – March 2018 Project start