Human Brain Project Grant Structure

The Human Brain Project was a FET Flagship constituted around a Core Project and Partnering Projects. The original HBP Core Project aims and structure were set out in a Report to the European Commission , published in April 2012. The Core Project was supported by successive EU Grant Agreements and was delivered in different phases. The first began in October 2013 under the EU 7th Framework Programme for R&D (FP7). On 30 October 2015, the overall plan and road map for the Project was agreed and the Human Brain Project Framework Partnership Agreement was signed to cover the Flagship implementation under the EU 8th Framework Programme for R&D (FP8), which is also known as “Horizon 2020”. Each grant under this FP was called a Specific Grant Agreement (SGA).

Each SGA , which outlined the exact Consortium, the Work Plan and budgets in detail, was negotiated between the organisations participating in the Flagship and the European Commission. You can view the public HBP reports of each grant on our Deliverables Pages.

Figure 1: Graphic showing the timeline of the Human Brain Project phases.

A parallel SGA to support computing e-Infrastructure the "Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure (ICEI) for the Human Brain Project" began on 1 January 2018 and ran until the end of the HBP under Horizon 2020.

The last Core Project SGA under H2020, SGA3, began on 1 April 2020, was planned to run for three years, and was extended for 6 months more until September 2023. Figure 1 above shows that the HBP planned to continue its work beyond the end of the EU-funded Flagship Project through a new legal entity (LE), the EBRAINS AISBL, that was created to coordinate the HBP and to manage the Research Infrastructure for computational neuroscience developed by the HBP, EBRAINS.

With the current grants, either complete or still underway, the total max EU Contribution to the Flagship currently stands at 406 M€.

The Ramp Up Phase of the Core Project (under FP7)


Grant Agreement ID: 604102

Start Date: 1 October 2013

End Date: 28 February 2017

Funded Under FP7-ICT

Overall Budget 72.5 M€

EU Contribution 54 M€


The Ramp Up Phase began on 1 October 2013 for 30 months.  The agreed budget for this period was 72.5 M€ of which 54 M€ was contributed by the European Union. Some part of the related Grant Agreement continued until January 2017 to finalise a supercomputer public procurement process.

There were 113 funded partners from 18 European countries in the Ramp Up Phase Grant. An additional 12 research institutions participated in the project on an unfunded basis, seven of which were from outside Europe. These were from Canada, the U.S.A. and Japan. See details on the Ramp Up Phase FACT Sheet on the CORDIS Portal.

First Core Project SGA1 (under H2020)


Grant Agreement ID: 720270

Start Date: 1 April 2016

End Date: 31 March 2018

Funded Under H2020-EU.1.2

Overall Budget 89 M€

EU Contribution 89 M€


SGA1 ran from 1 April 2016 to 30 March 2018. The foreseen budget for this period was 89 M€, all of which was contributed by the European Union.

There were 118 funded partners in SGA1 from 18 European countries. See details in the SGA1 Fact Sheet on the  CORDIS Portal.

Second Core Project SGA2 (under H2020)


Grant Agreement ID: 785907

Start Date: 1 April 2018

End Date: 30 March 2020

Funded Under H2020-EU.2.3

Overall Budget 88 M€

EU Contribution 88 M€


SGA2 ran from 1 April 2018 to 30 March 2020. The foreseen budget for this period was 88 M€ , all of which was contributed by the European Union.

There were 131 funded partners in SGA2 . See details in the SGA2 Fact Sheet on the CORDIS Portal.

Third Core Project SGA3 (under H2020)


Grant Agreement ID: 945539

Start Date: 1 April 2020

End Date: 30 September 2023

Funded Under H2020-EU.1.2.3

Overall Budget 150 M€

EU Contribution 150 M€


SGA3 ran from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2023. The foreseen budget for this period was 150 M€, all of which was contributed by the European Union.

See details in the SGA3 Fact Sheet on the CORDIS Portal.

Parallel Infrastructure Grant: Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure for the Human Brain Project (ICEI)

ICEI Grant

Grant Agreement ID: 800858

Start Date: 1 January 2018

End Date: 30 September 2023

Funded Under H2020-EU.1.4

Overall Budget 50 M€

EU Contribution 25  M€

On 1 January 2018 an infrastructure provision SGA began under which an E-Infrastructure comprising scalable and interactive computing, cloud and storage services was being provided to the HBP Consortium through to the end of the foreseen SGA3. The agreed budget for this period was 50 M€, 25 M€ of which was contributed by the European Union.

There were 6 funded partners in the ICEI-SGA, including five European supercomputing centres, in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. The centres were expected to serve both HBP needs for interactive and scalable computing, cloud and data storage services, plus those of other European research efforts (through PRACE access) as well as national needs.

More details about the ICEI-SGA Grant including the grants made to each partner can be found in the ICEI SGA Fact Sheet On The EC's CORDIS Portal Website and on the website of the Fenix Research Infrastructure, the first implementation of which was developed under the ICEI Grant.