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Researchers ‘need voice’ in flagships

Major Horizon 2020 technology initiatives, including the forthcoming Quantum Flagship, must have better governance systems to avoid going off-course, a report has said.

The report, published on 27 October, presented “the main lessons learned” by the European Commission and the managers of the two existing Horizon 2020 technology flagships—the Graphene Flagship and the Human Brain Project. Both of these flagships completed their 30-month ‘ramp-up phases’ in April 2016, and have expected overall budgets in the region of €1 billion.

Technology flagships must have “a balanced system of decision-making powers and accountability, ensuring a clear separation of powers between scientific steering, strategic and financial decision-making and the day-to-day implementation of research activities”, the report stated.

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