Graphene Flagship – the EU’s biggest research initiative ever, and, according to the European Commission, ‘history’s greatest distinction for excellent research’– is closely linked to the Graphene Centre at Chalmers. With a budget of EUR one billion, the Graphene Flagship is tasked with taking graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of ten years – thus generating economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities for Europeans as both investors and employees. There are already 126 research groups from universities, research institutes and companies on-board the flagship.
The Graphene Flagship is divided into two separate phases:
1. a 30-month ramp-up phase under the 7th Framework Programme (1 October 2013 – 31 March 2016) with a total European Commission funding of 54 million Euro,
2. A steady-state phase under the Horizon 2020 programme, starting 1 April 2016, with expected European Commission funding of M€ 50 per year.