The European Science Foundation (ESF), l’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) have been selected as consortium partners for the EU-funded SCOPE project.
The Grant Agreement has been signed by all partners and the project will be launched in 2017. SCOPE aims to co-ordinate and enhance the partnership environments between the two European Commission’s Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Flagships – the Graphene Flagship, represented here by ESF and the Human Brain Project through EPFL, one of its 117 Partner institutions. FECYT will act as the lead co-ordinator of the overall SCOPE project.
ESF Chief Executive, Jean-Claude Worms commented on the announcement: “SCOPE represents an exciting new partnering model for long-term co-operative research in the European Research Area (to ERA). We are delighted to have been successful in our application and look forward to supporting the Graphene Flagship in key strategic areas of collaboration and co-operation with their various stakeholders, including Partnering Projects and Associated Members. The building of flexible, integrated and collaborative research structures is fundamental to both our work as an organisation and the FET Flagship projects themselves”.
EPFL – SCOPE coordinator, Kathleen Elsig, is delighted about this Grant Agreement signature and the excellent prospects of this Project: “The contribution of SCOPE will be essential to enhance the partnering environment of the FET Flagships, and more particularly for HBP to engage with potential contributors and users of HBP’s research infrastructure through meaningful collaborations. It represents a unique opportunity to develop and promote partnerships with research and innovation groups, as well as with other relevant stakeholders such as European industry. We are thrilled the SCOPE proposal was successful and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration with FECYT and ESF.
FECYT Director General, José Ignacio Fernández Vera, said: “Having a valuable expertise in Science & Technology communication and dissemination, as well as experience in coordinating European projects, we are pleased to lead the coordination of this Project. We will develop an overall dissemination strategy for SCOPE including a web portal for the project’s external communication. As Coordinator, FECYT will also ensure a fluid flow of information between Flagships. FECYT is focused on increasing the citizens’ engagement in science and with this experience we expect to engage European citizens and society with SCOPE”.