The results of the international committee appointed by the the MIUR (Ministry of University and Research) for the costing review of the SuperB flagship project were examined yesterday by the Minister of Research, Francesco Profumo. The Minister had discussed those results with the management of the INFN and later with that of Cabibbolab.
Although the importance and quality of the proposed research program have been greatly appreciated, the minister pointed out that the economic conditions of the Country and the limits foreseen by the National Plan for Research, are incompatible with the estimated cost of the project.
The Minister, showing great helpfulness, has made it possible for INFN to propose other projects, always under the category of "flagship projects", as long as they are compatible with the initially planned budget.
Proposals should be evaluated within a few months and INFN is therefore examining the possible ideas. Among the possibilities, however, will be strongly considered the hypothesis of presenting the project of establishing an international laboratory aimed at building an accelerating machine in the Frascati area.
INFN Communication Office