A. Marconi, P. Di Marcantonio, V. D'Odorico, S. Cristiani, R. Maiolino, E. Oliva, L. Origlia, M. Riva, L. Valenziano, F. M. Zerbi, M. Abreu, V. Zh. Adibekyan, C. A. Prieto, P. J. Amado, W. Benz, I. Boisse, X. Bonfils, F. Bouchy, L. A. Buchhave, D. Buscher, A. Cabral, B. L. Canto Martins, A. Chiavassa, J. Coelho, L. Christensen, E. Delgado Mena, J. R. de Medeiros, I. Di Varano, P. Figueira, M. Fisher, J. P. U. Fynbo, A. Glasse, M. Haehnelt, C. Haniff, C. J. Hansen, A. Hatzes, P. Huke, A. J. Korn, I.C. Lećo, J. Liske, C. Lovis, T. Yu. Magakian
The first generation of E-ELT instruments will include an optic-infrared High Resolution Spectrograph, conventionally indicated as EELT-HIRES, which will be capable of providing unique breakthroughs in the fields of exoplanets, star and planet formation, physics and evolution of stars and galaxies, cosmology and fundamental physics. A 2-year long phase A study for EELT-HIRES has just started and will be performed by a consortium composed of institutes and organisations from Brazil, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. In this paper we describe the science goals and the preliminary technical concept for EELT-HIRES which will be developed during the phase A, as well as its planned development and consortium organisation during the study.