European research infrastructures for excellent science: launch of first calls of Horizon 2020 on 11 December 2013
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
ECRIN-ERIC will build a common platform for pan-European clinical research
ECRIN was awarded a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) on 29th November. ECRIN-ERIC, the European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network, is designed to provide a European not-for-profit platform to support the academic research community, enabling multinational cooperation in investigator-driven clinical research and providing access to patients throughout Europe. National clinical research networks participating in ECRIN-ERIC currently cover 14 European countries representing about 400 million citizens. ECRIN-ERIC progressively expands throughout Europe. France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are members of ECRIN-ERIC that will be located in Paris.
European Commission MEMO on four ERICs
BBMRI and ESS awarded EU legal status
On 22 November, the European Commission awarded BBMRI and ESS a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
BBMRI-ERIC puts together biobanks and biomolecular resources into a pan-European facility. BBMRI, the pan-European Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure, improves the accessibility and interoperability of the existing collections of biological samples from different (sub)populations of Europe. BBMRI-ERIC will provide access to the collections of partner biobanks and biomolecular resources, their expertise and services on a non-economic basis. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Finland, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands and Sweden are members of BBMRI-ERIC.
ESS-ERIC explores social attitudes in a changing Europe. 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. The European Social Survey has been charting changes in social values throughout Europe since 2001. It is a leading source of data on Europe's social, political and moral context and an authoritative monitor of societal change. 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.
EATRIS-ERIC will bridge the gap between medical research and clinical applications
EATRIS was awarded a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) on 7th November. 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. EATRIS is building links with users from academia, the public sector and industry, creating a strong consortium of translational centres across Europe. Some sixty prominent academic institutions, which include leading biomedical translational research institutes, are part of the EATRIS initiative. Members of EATRIS-ERIC are the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Finland and the Netherlands. Spain and France are observers. EATRIS-ERIC is based in Amsterdam.
Assessment of projects on the ESFRI roadmap: a report of a High Level Expert Group
This report is a major contribution to assess progress towards the target set by the EU of implementing at least 60% of the ESFRI roadmap projects by 2015 through its Innovation Union flagship initiative. The high level expert group was established by the European Commission together with ESFRI in 2012. The group was tasked to conduct an in-depth analysis of all the non-scientific aspects of thirty five research infrastructure projects on the ESFRI Roadmap and to assess whether these projects are likely to be implemented by 2015. In their report, the experts identify for each individual research infrastructure project specific bottlenecks and make recommendations on how to address them. The group also makes overall recommendations to reinforce projects readiness to maturity. The results of the review show that most research infrastructures on the ESFRI roadmap need substantial support and guidance both in terms of managerial and financial maturity but also regarding stakeholder engagement, project management, user strategy and risk evaluation. The report is based on material submitted and interviews carried out up to March 2013, and it is therefore important to stress that in many cases the projects may have made progress since.
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