Council decides about progress of the FAIR project

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Arial view of the FAIR construction site. (Image copyright: D. Fehrenz GSI/FAIR)

Following a special meeting on 9-10 March, the shareholders of FAIR GmbH have decided on the future of the FAIR project. Due to the excellent evaluation carried out in the scientific review of the FAIR project, the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Hesse have decided they are willing to finance the first construction stage 'First Science' with a supplementary sum of approximately 518 million euros. This means that the predicted total budget available for the project will be approximately 3.3 billion euros.

The Management of AVA partner GSI and FAIR are very happy about the commitment of the Federal Ministry of Research and the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts to provide the additional funding for FAIR and thus to secure "First Science" at FAIR. Despite the difficult global economic and geopolitical conditions, this represents a significant step forward for the FAIR project and for the excellent research that can be conducted at FAIR. FAIR's 'First Science' stage can, for example, provide completely new insights into the structure and behaviour of matter and open up new possibilities for tumour therapy with high-intensity charged particles for the benefit of society. The scientific review evaluated FAIR's scientific program as compelling and world-leading in many aspects.

The international project partners have also acknowledged the additional costs and want to make further commitments themselves in a timely manner. The most recent decisions are an outstanding opportunity for the site and its employees, but they are also an outstanding opportunity for science in Germany and Europe.

This article is based on an original article published on the GSI/FAIR website and can be found here