The European Commision has selected six research initiatives to compete to become one of its next FET Flagships. The shortlisted initiatives include the project Time Machine, which aims to build a Large Scale Historical Simulator mapping 200 years of European history.
On 1 March, each shortlisted intiative will receive 1 million euros to develop a feasibility proposal. Up to three will be chosen to become fully fledged initiatives to launch in 2021. FET Flagships are expected to run for about 10 years, with a total budget of around 1 billion euros.
The selection of Time Machine was a welcome surprise, says Frédéric Kaplan, one of the principal investigators on the project. “As a project in cultural heritage, we were an outsider. It is a great victory to get this far.”