Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
Prizes and awards
Federating more than 80 European and international
research institutions, the Human Brain Project was selected by the
European Commission as one of its two FET Flagship projects on January
Led by Henri Markram, Director of the Blue Brain Project at Ecole
Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL), the Flagship Human Brain Project (HBP) is an
international collaboration dedicated to the modeling of the human brain and
gathers neuroscience specialists, physicians, physicists, mathematicians,
computer scientists and ethicists.
The models developed in this framework will open new perspectives to better
understand the brain and neurological diseases. The project will benefit from
financial support from the European Union (EU) over ten years and will build six
new platforms for the study of the brain. Bringing together more than 80
countries and international research institutions, the Human Brain Project (HBP)
is provided for a period of ten years (2013-2023). In France, the project
involves the participation of CEA (including CEA-I2BM), INSERM, CNRS, INRIA, but
also of the Pasteur Institute, the College de France, the Centre Hospitalier
universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), and Victor Segalen Bordeaux II University.
The European Commission has officially announced the selection of the Human
Brain Project (HBP) as one of its two FET Flagship projects. The new project
will federate European efforts to address one of the greatest challenges of
modern science: understanding the human brain.
The goal of the Human Brain Project is to pull together all our existing
knowledge about the human brain and to reconstruct the brain, piece by piece, in
supercomputer-based models and simulations. The models offer the prospect of a
new understanding of the human brain and its diseases and of completely new
computing and robotic technologies. On January 28, the European Commission
supported this vision, announcing that it has selected the HBP as one of two
projects to be funded through the new FET Flagship Program.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.