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European Commission kills billion-euro flagship concept

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Science  17 May 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6441, pp. 618-619
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6441.618

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In 2013, the European Commission launched two huge research projects: one on graphene and one on the human brain. Called flagships, these were the first of their kind: 10-year, €1 billion projects designed to tackle major challenges. The commission later launched a third flagship on quantum technology. Two more flagships were supposed to be launched in 2020 and the commission had whittled down a list of more than 30 proposals to six finalists. But now, none of these will be launched as flagships. The European Union's new framework program for 2021 to 2027 includes no flagships and the six research consortia face an uncertain future.