Developing World Class Research Infrastructures (RIs) is one of the five pillars of an ambitious European Research Area (ERA)-Vision for the future.
Large scale Research Infrastructures act as centres of competence, which are open and attractive to the best world-level researchers. They contribute in a unique way to both social and economic development. The implementation of the ESFRI Roadmap projects for the construction (or major upgrade) of research facilities of pan-European interest has led to increased attention to studies measuring the scientific, social and economic benefits deriving from these infrastructures.
The European Commission organized in June 2009 a workshop that brought together 60 experts from a variety of specialities relating to the role of RIs for a competitive knowledge economy. The aim of the seminar was threefold:
Since many gaps were identified, further studies are expected to be supported within the next years. This is in particular related to specific subjects within the call N°6 under FP7, research infrastructures, specific programme "Capacities", closing on December 3, 2009.
The Directorates-General for Research and for Information Society and Media commissioned a study to assess the impact of EC activities related to Research Infrastructures under the Sixth Community Research Framework Programme (2002–2006). The study, carried out by Matrix Knowledge Group in cooperation with Rambøll Management and PREST, covered all modes of EU support actions to RIs, except for pure Transnational Access projects.
The aim of the evaluation was to gather a wide range of evidence of the impact of EU support actions on RIs in Europe. The overall objectives of this study were to:
Synthesis report (EN) [1,50 Mb]
Technical Appendices (EN) [1 Mb]