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.
RI short name
|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|
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.
22 November 2013
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.
22 November 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.