Graphene is a two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystal which consists of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. Its unique combination of superior properties makes it a credible starting point for new disruptive technologies in a wide range of fields. Nowadays, hundreds of laboratories around the world deal with different aspects of graphene research.
The Graphene Flagship, one of the two FET Flagships selected by the European Commission in 2013, brings together an academic-industrial consortium aiming at a breakthrough for technological innovation in Europe. The project has a number of scientific objectives during its lifespan of 10 years.
The FLAG-ERA Consortium of European research and innovation funding agencies, research councils and ministries jointly works towards creating an environment that enables the coordination of national and regional funding for the FET Flagships.
As such, FLAG-ERA was set up to contribute to the construction of the Graphene Flagship, while a dedicated Liaison Group allows for a direct dialogue between the Flagship representatives on the one hand and the national research funding agencies gathered by FLAG-ERA on the other hand.
Furthermore, FLAG-ERA makes an inventory of national research projects that are in line with the scientific roadmap developed by the Graphene Flagship and that could play a role as complementary partnering projects.
Finally, FLAG-ERA supports research projects in synergy with the Graphene Flagship by financing competitive transnational partnering projects. Therefore, a dedicated joint transnational call will be launched during the lifespan of the FLAG-ERA project.