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New project factsheets: Materials sciences & Analytical Facilities: ESTEEM2, CALIPSO; Environment and Earth Sciences: EUFAR2; Social Sciences and Humanities:InGRID; Engineering and Energy: SFERA-II

JIV-ERIC: a new consortium of mega-antennas will bring stargazing to a new level

12 December 2014
The collaboration of telescopes around the globe, involved in measuring celestial objects at radio frequencies, will now be easier and more efficient. On 12 December 2014, the European Commission decided to allow them to form a European consortium.

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Towards the ESFRI Roadmap 2016

The Roadmap 2016 update process was launched in September 2014 in Trieste. In the framework of this update, ESFRI is expecting proposals for new (or major upgrades of) research infrastructures of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas. Proposals can be submitted until 31rst March 2015.

In parallel, ESFRI will carry out an in-depth analysis of the research infrastructure landscape in all scientific fields in Europe. The landscape analysis will provide a comprehensive picture of the existing research infrastructures of pan-European scope, including the national/regional research infrastructures that operate international open access.

More information on the roadmap update process and how to submit a proposal

European research infrastructures for excellent science: open calls of Horizon 2020

The main objective of the action is to endow Europe with world-class research infrastructures which are accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond and fully exploit their potential for scientific advance and innovation.

Four calls are open with a budget of 277 million € for 2014:

  • Developing new world-class research infrastructures
  • Integrating and opening RIs of European interest
  • Development, deployment and operation of ICT based e-Infrastructures
  • Fostering the innovation potential of RIs and their human resources, support to policy and international cooperation

All information on the action, work programme and how to apply is available on the H2020 website and the Participant Portal

Next call deadline: 14 January 2015 for INFRADEV-3-2015: individual implementation and operation of ESFRI projects; EINFRA-5-2015: Centres of excellence for computing applications and EINFRA-9-2015: e-infrastructures for virtual research environments

Commission Decision C(2013) 8199 of 10 December 2013 authorizing the use of reimbursement on the basis of unit costs for transnational access.



The Data Harvest: How sharing research data can yield knowledge, jobs and growth

In October 2010, the High Level Group on Scientific Data presented the "Riding the Wave,” report to the European Commission outlining a series of policy recommendations on how Europe could gain from the rising tide of scientific data. Over 4 years later, a team of European experts have generated this new report to outline how Europe must act now to secure it’s standing in future data markets. It offers recommendations to European policy makers while outlining the benefits and challenges.

The report will be officially launched at the Research Data Alliance and global Data and Computing e-Infrastructure challenges event, Rome 11 December 2014 and many of the topics covered in the report are part of the agenda.



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