Human Brain Project - Horizon 2020
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European Research Programme: the project's gateway in Europe
The Human Brain Project is part of the FET Flagship Programme, which is a new initiative launched by the European Commission as part of its Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative. The goal is to encourage visionary, "mission-oriented" research with the potential to deliver breakthroughs in information technology with major benefits for European society and industry. The Commission envisages the Flagship program as a highly ambitious initiative involving close collaboration with National and Regional funding agencies, industry and partners from outside the European Union.
One of the HBP's strategic goals is to prepare a large-scale programme of research on the themes of the Flagship, allowing the HBP to obtain the best possible access to research, data sources, platforms and infrastructures offered by other organisations, and enabling organisations outside the HBP to use the HBP platforms to pursue their own research. Coordinating these activities is the responsibility of the HBP's European Research Programme (ERP).
The ERP will be managed from EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland and will maintain a permanent presence in Brussels. Its job will be to liaise with the EU, large-scale academic and infrastructural initiatives, national funding agencies and industry groups and to provide a gateway to the HBP for incoming researchers, collaborators and institutional partners.
Many of the organisations that will play a role in the ERP have already been identified. Others will emerge during the execution of the project. In each case, the role of the programme will be to establish contacts, exchange information on matters of mutual interest, agree areas and forms of possible collaboration, formalise plans for collaboration, and coordinate the collaboration itself. In particular, the ERP will actively prospect for and cultivate innovation-driving partnerships with industry, focusing on companies in fields of critical importance to HBP research and development:
Biotechnology, scientific instruments and scientific software: companies interested in developing novel technologies for data gathering and analysis
The pharmaceutical industry: companies interested in contributing data to the Medical Informatics Platform, companies interested in accessing the data and analysis tools offered by the platform; companies interested in longer-term prospects for brain simulation as a contribution to basic research and drug discovery
High Performance Computing: companies interested in supplying HPC hardware and software to the HBP; companies interested in applying HBP innovations in interactive supercomputing, visualization, programming models etc.; companies interested in applications of neuromorphic technology in HPC.
Chip and system manufacturers: companies interested in HBP-developed neuromorphic hardware
Manufacturing and service industries: companies interested in applications of neuromorphic computing
Robotics: companies interested in hardware implementation of HBP neurorobotic technology.