European Plate Observing System.More »»
The European Commission granted on 30 October the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Plate Observing System (EPOS), a research infrastructure that will provide a better understanding of the physical processes controlling earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, tectonic movements and other such geo-hazards with potentially grave impact on the environment and the welfare of citizens.
European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology. More »»
The European Commission on 20 March 2018 granted the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology (EU OPENSCREEN), setting up a Pan European research infrastructure for chemical biology.
Hosted in Germany and based in Berlin, on the Science Campus BUCH, the new ERIC will provide a single access point to screening platforms as well as chemistry and biology facilities.
The services offered will include access to resources, tools and facilities for researchers from Europe and beyond providing high quality infrastructure services for research on the molecular mechanisms of biological processes. International interdisciplinary research and collaboration with industry will be at the centre of the activities.
The preparatory phase of OPEN SCREEN received EU funding of €3 700 000 from the 7th Framework Programme.
European Marine Biology Resource Center. More »»
The European Commission on 21 February 2018 granted the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), setting up a pan-European Consortium for marine biology and ecology research (EMBRC-ERIC).
Hosted in France and based in Paris, EMBRC-ERIC will provide a single access point to a comprehensive portfolio of services and research platforms, marine ecosystems and genetic material, biological resources and analytical data, E-infrastructure and metadata.
The services offered will also include joint research activities, trainings for researchers and services to connect science with industry.
The preparatory phase of EMBRC worthy more than €4 million was funded by the EU under the 7th Framework Research Programme (€3 879 421) and Horizon 2020 Programme (€975 520) between February 2011 and September 2016.
The Integrated Structural Biology – European Research Infrastructure Consortium. More »»
On 18 July 2017, Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, handed over the INSTRUCT-ERIC Plate to Jo Johnson, Minister of State of the United Kingdom responsible for universities, science, research and innovation. The official handover followed the granting of the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to INSTRUCT, a European research infrastructure hosted by the UK, on 4 July 2017.
INSTRUCT-ERIC will provide high-quality working conditions for researchers in structural biology. Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia are also members of INSTRUCT-ERIC, while Spain, Greece and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) are currently observers. INSTRUCT-ERIC is the seventeenth ERIC established by the European Commission and the second ERIC after the European Social Survey hosted by the UK. The European Union has supported INSTRUCT with around €8.5 million. The ERIC status provides the facilities with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure projects.
The Consortium of European Social Science data Archives provides large scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences. More »»
CESSDA brings together social science data archives across Europe, with the aim of promoting the results of social science research and supporting national and international research and cooperation.
On 9 June 2017, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the Consortium of European Social Science data Archives (CESSDA). With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project.
CESSDA evolved from a network of European data service providers into a legal entity and large-scale infrastructure and was included in the first Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2006. CESSDA was recognised as an ESFRI Landmark in the ESFRI 2016 Roadmap in the field of social and cultural innovation. Norway is the host of CESSDA and its statutory seat is located in Bergen.
CESSDA ERIC has currently 14 member countries and one observer and has partnerships with a number of Service Providers. Several European countries are in the process of becoming a CESSDA member or observer.
CESSDA ERIC together with ECCSEL ERIC are the first ERICs hosted outside the European Union.
The European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure. More »»
ECCSEL provides the infrastructure for research into Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) which must ensure up to 17% of the global annual CO2 emission cuts, and 14% of the accumulated cuts from now on. ECCSEL will provide a dedicated and coordinated research environment, pushing the forefront of technological development beyond the state-of-the-art, and thereby accelerating the commercialisation and deployment of CCS methods. ECCSEL was included in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap in 2008.
On 9 June 2017, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure. With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project. ECCSEL ERIC is the first ERIC established in the Energy domain which is so important for the Energy Union, the Sustainable Development Goals and for COP21.
ECCSEL ERIC has currently 5 member countries. ECCSEL ERIC is hosted by Norway and its statutory seat is located in Trondheim.
ECCSEL ERIC together with CESSDA ERIC are the first ERICs hosted outside the European Union.
New European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research. More »»
In March 2017 the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch). With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project.
LifeWatch aims to advance biodiversity and ecosystem research and to provide major contributions to addressing big environmental challenges such as climate change by providing access through a pan-European distributed e-infrastructure to large sets of data, services and tools that enable the creation of virtual laboratories and decision-support applications. Thanks to these virtual research environments, specific issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem research and preservation are addressed through the implementation of integrated models.
Based in Seville, LifeWatch was established by eight countries: Belgium, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.
New European research infrastructure to provide key data on the sea and climate change. More »»
In September 2016, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), a network of observatory nodes installed in European seas providing key data on marine ecosystems, natural hazards and climate change.
Based in Rome, EMSO has been established by eight countries: France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom. It will collect high-resolution data from the ocean surface, water column, seafloor and sub-seafloor, and transmit it to shore via satellites or cable connection in real or near-real time. These measurements are crucial for our understanding of climate change and its impacts, and for improving geo-hazard early warning.
Integrated Carbon Observation System European Research Infrastructure Consortium. More »»
In October 2015, the European Commission established a pan-European greenhouse gas monitoring organisation, Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS).
It was established to meet the need for a versatile and long-term greenhouse gas observation network in Europe.
The organisation consists of national networks of measuring stations, central facilities specialised in various fields and the head office in Finland, which coordinates the operations.
The founding members are: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Switzerland is as an observer to the consortium.
European Spallation Source-ERIC
New multi-disciplinary research facility granted the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium. More »»
The European Spallation Source is the world’s next-generation neutron source currently under construction in Lund, Sweden.
It is the largest project and one of the top priorities of the European Commission’s European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap. The European Spallation Source will use a high-power linear proton accelerator to create neutron beams to probe the structures and dynamics of materials.
Founding Members of the European Spallation Source ERIC are the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain are founding observers and plan on joining the European Spallation Source ERIC in the future.
A new consortium of mega-antennas will bring stargazing to a new level. More »»
The JIV-ERIC allows telescopes in Europe, Asia and South Africa to avail of much simpler management procedures.
The infrastructures participating in JIV-ERIC have pioneered in the field of e-VLBI – a technique that measures in real time the radio frequencies emitted by astronomical objects.
JIV-ERIC is planning to develop the most accurate timing distribution infrastructure in the world and enable additional cutting-edge applications of VLBI (very long baseline interferometry) and radio astronomy technologies.
Nine countries are members of the JIV-ERIC consortium: the Netherlands, China, France, Germany, Italy, South-Africa, Sweden, Spain and the UK. JIV-ERIC is the tenth ERIC adopted since 2009.
A European digital research infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. More »»
DARIAH ERIC enhances and supports digitally-enabled research across the humanities and arts. It works with research and education communities to explore and apply ICT-based methods to research questions, new and old.
DARIAH ERIC stands for Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities European Research Infrastructure Consortium.
It will improve research opportunities and outcomes through linking distributed digital sources materials and exchange knowledge, expertise, methodologies and practices across domains and disciplines.
DARIAH ERIC is hosted by France and has Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia as members. DARIAH ERIC is the ninth ERIC established by the Commission.
Materials science facilities of Central Europe join resources to offer an integrated service to researchers. More »»
CERIC, the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, puts together the national multidisciplinary analytical, synthesis and sample preparation capabilities of eight countries - Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia. Serbia is in the process of appointing the Representing Entity.
CERIC-ERIC exploits the full scientific potential of the Central European area in the synchrotron light and other microscopic probes for analytical and modification techniques for a broad range of applications in the fields of life sciences, nanoscience and nanotechnology, cultural heritage, environment and materials sciences.
CERIC-ERIC has its statutory seat in Trieste, Italy.
Global ocean observing infrastructure reporting subsurface ocean properties to a wide range of users. More »»
Argo is a global array of autonomous instruments deployed over the world ocean and reporting near-real time subsurface ocean properties to a wide range of users via satellite. Euro-Argo is Europe's contribution to this effort.
Euro-Argo ERIC is now a key player in the international global Earth observing systems. The consolidation of ocean observations by Euro-Argo will enable a sustainable exploration, exploitation and protection of the oceans, in line with the blue growth strategy, and will enhance the European ‘COPERNICUS’ Earth observing programme.
Euro-Argo has received a total of six million euro of EU funding under FP7. France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, and United Kingdom are members of Euro-Argo, hosted in Brest, France.
A non-profit organisation to develop and implement multinational clinical trials in Europe. More »»
ECRIN-ERIC provides services to multinational clinical research, in any medical field and for any category of clinical research in order to strengthen the capacity of the European Union to explore the determinants of diseases and optimise the use of diagnostics, prevention and treatment strategies.
National clinical research networks participating in ECRIN-ERIC currently cover 14 European countries representing about 400 million citizens. France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are members of ECRIN-ERIC.
Putting together biobanks and biomolecular resources into a pan-European facility. More »»
Collections of biological resources, such as cells, tissues or biomolecules are considered as the essential raw material for the advancement of biotechnology, human health, and for research and development in life sciences.
BBMRI, the pan-European Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure, improves the accessibility and interoperability of existing comprehensive collections of biological samples from different (sub)populations of Europe.
BBMRI-ERIC provides access to the collections of partner biobanks and biomolecular resources as well as their expertise and services. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Finland, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands and Sweden are members of BBMRI-ERIC which is based in Graz, Austria.
Exploring social attitudes, measuring changes in public attitudes and behaviour patterns. More »»
The European Social Survey (ESS) ERIC, measures changes in public attitudes and behaviour patterns both over time across nations. Based on interviews with respondents in 34 countries, the online database of the ESS ERIC reflects how Europeans view their environment, and how their values and perceptions are changing.
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom are founder members of the ESS ERIC. Norway and Switzerland are observers. ESS ERIC Headquarters are located in London.
Making translation of scientific discoveries into medical products more effective. More »»
EATRIS-ERIC, the European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in medicine, will accelerate the development process for drugs and diagnostics with an unmet medical need and raise the quality of life for Europeans.
Members of EATRIS-ERIC are the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Finland and the Netherlands. Spain and France are observers. The EATRIS headquarters is located in Amsterdam.
EU language research infrastructure, making digital language resources available to all disciplines. More »»
CLARIN, the pan-European Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, makes digital language resources available to scholars and researchers of all disciplines, in particular humanities and social sciences.
It provides a single collection of data and tools which can be accessed by the user through a web application, requiring only one identity and sign-on. Researchers are gaining access to repositories of data with standardised descriptions and processing tools to operate them, as well as to guidance and advice through distributed knowledge centres.
Eight countries set up CLARIN-ERIC: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands. The Dutch Language Union completes the list of founding members. CLARIN-ERIC is hosted in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Cross-border databank on health, ageing and retirement. More »»
The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is the first European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
SHARE is hosted by Tilburg University in the Netherlands and aims to help researchers understand the impact of population ageing on European societies and thus to help policy makers make decisions on health, social and economic policy.
Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands are the founding members of SHARE.
Amendment of SHARE-ERIC statutes: A Commission Decision of 27 May 2014 approved amendments to the Statutes of SHARE-ERIC. The statutory seat of SHARE-ERIC transferred from Tilburg, in The Netherlands to Munich, in Germany. Three new members joined SHARE-ERIC: Greece, Slovenia and Israel.
Formal ERIC Applications
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|EuBI||European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences|
- EC n° 723/2009 (25 June 2009) on the Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC)
- EU n° 1261/2013 (2 December 2013) amending the Regulation EC 723-2009
- Practical Guidelines for applicants 648 KB
- First report from the Commission on the application of the ERIC Council Regulation 81 KB
- List of the national contact points 104 KB