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European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC)

The Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) entered into force on 28 August 2009. This specific legal form is designed to facilitate the joint establishment and operation of research infrastructures of European interest.

Background and objectives of the Regulation
Setting up an ERIC
National procedures for ERICs


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

Brussels, 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. Until now, the telescopes of the European VLBI Network, situated in Europe, Asia and South Africa, have worked on a partnership basis, the Commission Decision adopted on 12 December 2014 allows them to form a European Consortium with much simpler management procedures.

The infrastructures participating in JIVE have pioneered in the field of e-VLBI – a technique that measures in real time the radio frequencies emitted by astronomical objects – and been lauded for deploying revolutionary internet techniques and new super-computer boards. JIVE is now proposing 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.

Four countries are members of the new JIV-ERIC consortium, also providing financial support: the Netherlands (NWO), the UK (STFC), Sweden (Swedish Research Council) and France (CNRS). Five additional countries, China, Italy, Spain, South-Africa and Germany are expected to join the consortium in the near future. JIV-ERIC will have its headquarters in Dwingeloo, the Netherlands.

JIV-ERIC is the tenth ERIC adopted since 2009.
News Alert on JIV-ERIC
Commission implementing decision

First report from the Commission on the application of the ERIC Council Regulation

14 July 2014

Read the Report in English  PDF icon 81 KB


ERIC applications

RI short name


Application date


EMSO European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory 19 December 2013 EMSO
Lifewatch Science and Technology Infrastructure for Research on Biodiversity and Ecosystems 30 July 2013 Lifewatch website
ESS European Spallation Source 9 July 2013 ESS website
ICOS Integrated Carbon Observation System 24 June 2013 ICOS website


European Research Infrastructure Consortia

DARIAH ERIC: a European digital research infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

On the 6th of August, the Commission gave the green light on the setting up of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities European Research Infrastructure Consortium (DARIAH ERIC). DARIAH ERIC will enhance and support digitally-enabled research across the humanities and arts and work with research and education communities in order to explore and apply ICT-based methods and tools to enable new research questions to be asked and old questions to be put in new ways. 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 will facilitate long-term access to, and use of, all European humanities and cultural heritage digital information by researchers at all stages in the research process. 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 and is the third ERIC after ECRIN and EuroArgo that is hosted by France.

Commission Decision


The launch event for DARIAH ERIC took place on 17 November 2014 at the premises of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research in Paris. Some 100 persons mostly coming from the scientific communities that have been involved in the preparation of the setting up of the ERIC attended the meeting. For the Commission Ana Arana Antelo attended the event and handed over the ERIC plate after a video address by Director-General Robert-Jan Smits. The event was moderated by Jacques Dubucs, Director of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and Chair of the ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation. Roger Genet Director-General of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Laurent Romary, the Chair of the Board of Directors of DARIAH ERIC and Sheila Anderson, Professor E-Research, King’s College, London gave speeches.

CERIC-ERIC: materials science facilities of Central Europe join resources to offer an integrated service to researchers

On 24th June the European Commission gave green light to the setting up of a unique distributed research infrastructure that will offer researchers an integrated service and access to materials science facilities in Central Europe. CERIC, the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, will put together national multidisciplinary analytical, synthesis and sample preparation capabilities of six countries, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

The new European legal entity CERIC-ERIC will exploit 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 will be instrumental in overcoming fragmentation and fully exploiting the members' capabilities to outreach and attract users at world level, and to connect with capabilities and resources at international level. CERIC-ERIC will have its statutory seat in Trieste, Italy.

Commission Decision

The first CERIC-ERIC general assembly took place in Milan on 22nd July 2014. During a brief ceremony at the end of the meeting, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Máire Geoghegan-Quinn handed over the official name plate to the Consortium’s legal representative, Carlo Rizzuto, who is the president of Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste.

On the picture: From the left, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the President of Elettra Carlo Rizzuto and the Italy's Minister of Education, Universities, and Research Stefania Giannini (copyright Ansa)


Euro-Argo - Global ocean observing infrastructure gets EU legal status

5 May 2014

On Monday 5th May, the European Commission granted the ERIC legal status to Euro-Argo, the European contribution to Argo -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 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 euros of EU funding under FP7. France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, and United-Kingdom are members of Euro-Argo, hosted in Brest, France. Spain, Ireland, and Bulgaria will join it in the near future.

European Commission Decision (PDF icon) setting up Euro-Argo ERIC

MEMO:Blue Economy Innovation: examples of EU marine research

ECRIN-ERIC will build a common platform for pan-European clinical research

29 November 2013

Photo of Medicine

ECRIN was awarded a European Research Infrastructure Consortium on 29th November. ECRIN-ERIC will provide services to multinational clinical
ECRIN-ERIC will provide services to multinational clinical research, in any medical field and for any category of clinical research, observing high scientific, ethical and quality standards, in order to strengthen the capacity of the European Union to explore the determinants of diseases and to 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. ECRIN-ERIC progressively expands throughout Europe with the support of a capacity building program facilitating the structuring of national networks and hubs. France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are members of ECRIN-ERIC that will be located in Paris.

Photo from the Ceremony
On Thursday 30th January 2014, at the French Permanent Representation in Brussels, Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation, handed over the ECRIN-ERIC official plate to Roger Genet, Director-General for Research and Innovation in the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research. Philippe Etienne, the French Ambassador to the European Union, attended the event and wished the ECRIN-ERIC every success for the future. The same day, the ECRIN coordinator, Jacques Demotes-Mainard, was appointed Director General of ECRIN-ERIC.

BBMRI-ERIC puts together biobanks and biomolecular resources into a pan-European facility.

22 November 2013

Photo of hi-tech medical equipment

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 the existing comprehensive collections, either population-based or clinical-oriented, 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 that will be based in Graz, Austria.

Photo of the handing over of the plate
On Tuesday 21st January 2014, on the occasion of the European conference dedicated to the launch of Horizon 2020 in Austria, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, together with the Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner handed over the official name plate to BBMRI-ERIC's Director General Jan-Eric Litton to confirm the ERIC legal status. The plate will adorn the wall of the premises of the BBMRI-ERIC headquarter at Graz, Austria.

ESS ERIC explores social attitudes in a changing Europe

22 November 2013

Photo of a crowd of people

The ESS ERIC, the European Social Survey, measures changes in public attitudes and behaviour patterns both over time and 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. 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. ESS ERIC Headquarters shall be located in London.

On Friday 31st January 2014, on the occasion of the launch of Horizon 2020 in United Kingdom, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, handed over the official name plate to ESS ERIC's Director Rory Fitzgerald and to Professor Michael Breen, Chair of the ESS ERIC General Assembly, to confirm the ERIC legal status. The plate will adorn the wall of the premises of the ESS ERIC headquarters at the City University in London.

EATRIS-ERIC will bridge the gap between medical research and clinical applications

7 November 2013

Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation

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. It is the third ERIC adopted by the European Commission after SHARE and CLARIN. Members of EATRIS-ERIC are the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Finland and the Netherlands. Spain and France are observers. EATRIS headquarters will be located in Amsterdam.

On Tuesday 12 November during the official H2020 launch event in Amsterdam, Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation, officially handed over an “ERIC plate” to EATRIS at a ceremony attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, by Frank de Man, the Finance Director, and Giovanni Migliaccio, the Scientific Director of EATRIS ERIC as well as by Wim Stalman, Dean and Vice Chairman of the Board of the VU University Medical Centre, the EATRIS host institute.

EU language research infrastructure gets ERIC status

29 February 2012


CLARIN, the pan-European Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, is the second European research infrastructure to be granted with ERIC status. Eight countries are committed to the setting up of 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 will be hosted in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

CLARIN 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 standardized descriptions and processing tools to operate them, as well as to guidance and advice through distributed knowledge centres. CLARIN allows a true scientific on-line approach, enabling sophisticated queries based on analysis and processing of language materials.

The handing over of the plate to CLARIN coordinator Steven Krauwer

On Monday 3 September 2012 a festive lunch was organised at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands to celebrate the official launch of the CLARIN-ERIC (decision of the Commission of 29 February 2012) in presence of Director General of DG Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, CLARIN -ERIC coordinator Steven Krauwer, and outgoing president of the Board of the University of Utrecht, Mrs Yvonne Van Rooy. On this occasion, R-J Smits handed officially over a plate to CLARIN coordinator Steven Krauwer. The European Commission plate will adorn the wall of the premises of the CLARIN-ERIC at the Utrecht University. In his speech R-J Smits stressed that the award of the ERIC legal status to a second research infrastructure, together with the growing number of other applications received, 6 as of today, demonstrate the timeliness and appropriateness of this instrument. CLARIN-ERIC is a very concrete realisation for the European research Area.

Commission awards first ERIC status to cross-border databank: SHARE

17 March 2011


A major multi-national research databank on population ageing is the first ever research infrastructure project to enjoy the new European legal status that will make it easier and simpler to run, the European Commission decided on 17 March 2011.

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is the first European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). This will give it many of the same advantages and tax exemptions enjoyed by major international organisations.

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. Denmark, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal are expected to join soon, with Switzerland to have observer status. Other EU countries may sign up later.

The handing over of the plate

To celebrate the first ERIC research infrastructure, the Research and Innovation Director General Robert-Jan Smits handed over on 8 July a plate to Philip Eijlander, Rector Magnificus University of Tilburg, Professor Boersch-Supan, coordinator of SHARE, and Frank van der Duijn Schouten, head of research of SHARE. The plate will adorn the wall of the premises of the SHARE ERIC at the Tilburg University.

Amendment of SHARE-ERIC statutes:A Commission Decision of 27 May 2014 approved amendments to the Statutes of SHARE-ERIC. Other amendments which did not require the Commission’s approval had already entered into force. The statutory seat of SHARE-ERIC is transferred from Tilburg, in The Netherlands to Munich, in Germany. Three new members have joined SHARE-ERIC: Greece, Slovenia and Israel.

A consolidated version of the Statutes is available on SHARE-ERIC’s website.