SCOPE kicks off in Madrid

SCOPE held its kick-off meeting on January 13th at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO) in Madrid.

The Kick-Off

The meeting was chaired by SCOPE coordinator, Cecilia Cabello, and gathered the three partners involved in the consortium: FECYT – SCOPE overall coordinator, EPFL – the partner in charge of the Human Brain Flagship Partnering Projects, and ESF - the partner in charge of the Graphene Flagship Partnering Projects, as well as the coordinator of the FLAG-ERA ERA-NET programme and representatives of the Communication and Dissemination teams of the two flagships. During the meeting, the main actions for the upcoming months of the project were discussed among the partners.

SCOPE Consortium members at the Kick-Off in Madrid

The SCOPE Project

The SCOPE project [Support and Coordination of the Partnering Environment for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships] is a 36-month Coordination and Support Action project, funded by the European Commission. The main aim of the project is to foster coordination and partnership between the two Flagships (Graphene and Human Brain Projects) to ensure that their visionary and highly ambitious goals are achieved.

To enhance the relationship between Core and Partnering Projects, SCOPE aims to create an “ecosystem” where Core Projects co-exist and interact with Partnering Projects. SCOPE will offer direct support to the Partnering Projects of the two flagships to help them engage in networking activities and to foster collaborations with the Core Projects. 

Background  information

The Graphene Flagship is tasked with bringing together academic and industrial researchers to take graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of 10 years. With its €1 billion budget and its over 150 core consortium members, the Graphene Flagship is Europe’s largest research initiative.

The Human Brain Project aims to create and operate an ICT-based research infrastructure, and to help advance neuroscience, medicine and computing. The 10-year project began in 2013 and involves leading scientists at more than 100 universities and research centres across Europe.

Each Flagship is composed of the Core Projects and Partnering Projects. Core Projects consist of members of each FET Flagship Initiative’s consortium that are funded by the European Commission. Core Projects perform research directly related to the Flagships’ mission.  Partnering Projects are projects that complement the research performed by the Flagships’ Core Projects and that are associated with it in order to allow for closer collaboration and coordination of efforts.  Partnering Projects do not receive funding from the Flagships Core Project budget, they have to demonstrate that they already have their own (regional, national, European, private industry, etc.) funding in order to perform research and innovation activities and that their research significantly contribute to the Flagships’ strategic research roadmap.

For more information about Partnering Projects, please refer to the relevant pages of each flagship’s website.  ( and


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