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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


  • Amendment of ERIC regulation: On 2 December 2013, the Council adopted the Council Regulation EU n° 1261/2013 amending the Regulation EC 723-2009 concerning the ERIC. The participation of countries associated to the EU Research framework programmes in ERICs is now on the same footing as EU Member States. Their contributions to ERICs will be fully reflected in terms of membership and voting rights. The regulation will enter into force on the 26th December 2013.


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
JIV-ERIC Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe 30 July 2013 JIVE Website
ESS European Spallation Source 9 July 2013 ESS website
ICOS Integrated Carbon Observation System 24 June 2013 ICOS website
DARIAH Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities 2 October 2012 DARIAH website
C-ERIC 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 C-ERIC website
EURO-ARGO Global Ocean Observing Infrastructure August 2011 EURO-ARGO website


European Research Infrastructure Consortia

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

29 November 2013

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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.

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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

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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.