Understanding the human brain can gain profound insights into what makes us human, build revolutionary computing technologies and develop new treatments for brain disorders. ICT developments are bringing these goals within reach for the first time in history.
The Human Brain Project (HBP) is one of the two FET Flagships selected by the European Commission in 2013 and it aims to make the leap towards understanding the Human Brain. 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 HBP Flagship, while a dedicated Liaison Group allows for a direct dialogue between HBP 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 HBP and that could play a role as complementary partnering projects.
Finally, FLAG-ERA supports research projects in synergy with HBP by financing competitive transnational partnering projects. Therefore, a dedicated joint transnational call will be launched during the lifespan of the FLAG-ERA project.