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
ECRIN-ERIC will build a common platform for pan-European clinical research
29 November 2013
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.
European Commission MEMO on four ERICs
BBMRI an ESS awarded EU legal status
22 November 2013
BBMRI-ERIC puts together biobanks and biomolecular resources into a pan-European facility.
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.
ESS-ERIC explores social attitudes in a changing Europe
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.
Amendment of ERIC regulation: On 3 December 2012, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Regulation amending the Regulation EC 723-2009 concerning the ERIC.
The aim is to facilitate the participation of associated countries in ERICs and ensure that their contributions to ERICs will be reflected in terms of voting rights on the same footing as Member States for
ERICs that are hosted by the associated countries.
RI short name
||Science and Technology Infrastructure for Research on Biodiversity and Ecosystems
||30 July 2013
||Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe
||30 July 2013
||European Spallation Source
||9 July 2013
||Integrated Carbon Observation System
||24 June 2013
||Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities
||2 October 2012
||Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium
C-ERIC will be a distributed research Infrastructure dedicated to the Analytical and Synthesis facilities for Materials Sciences.
|11 June 2012
||Global Ocean Observing Infrastructure
European Research Infrastructure Consortia
EATRIS-ERIC will bridge the gap between medical research and clinical applications
7 November 2013
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.
Commission Decision of 29 February 2012 setting up the CLARIN-ERIC
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.
Commission Decision of 17 March 2011 setting up the SHARE-ERIC
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.