EC Awards €2 Billion to Research Initiatives on Graphene and the Human Brain

January 31, 2013 – 6:45 pm

The European Commission has announced the winners of FET (Future and Emerging Technologies), a multi-billion research competition. Graphene, a project that will investigate the properties of the material, and the Human Brain Project, said to be the world’s largest brain research programme, won the awards.

The FET is said to be the largest research excellence award in history. Each study will receive €1 billion for 10 years of research. The funding will come from EU’s research framework programmes, primarily from the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020).

The purpose of the Human Brain Project (described in the YouTube video below) is to gain a better understanding of the human brain and to help develop new computing and robotic technologies. The research could also lead to the development of biologically inspired computers and new treatments for brain diseases.

The purpose of the Graphene project is to find out more about the material, which was discovered in 2004. Graphene could have great potential in the fields of electronics and medical devices. It has been in the spotlight lately due to the appealing combination of excellent electrical and thermal conductivity and strength, as well as a low cost.

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