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

18 August 2014

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 ERIC is hosted by France and has Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Serbia, and Slovenia as founding members.

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The Council acknowledges the prioritisation process for the implementation of the ESFRI roadmap

In its conclusions of 26th May 2014, the Council acknowledges the work done by ESFRI to identify priority projects which are mature enough to be under implementation in 2015-2016 and whose timely implementation is considered essential to extend the frontiers of knowledge in the fields concerned.

The Council confirms the Member States’ commitment to focus their available national resources on the respective prioritised projects they are financially participating in and invites the Commission, under Horizon 2020, to complement the Member States’ own financial commitments through a one-time financial contribution for the priority projects, and to financially support the other projects (preparation and implementation) identified by ESFRI and listed in the Annex.

The Commission is now in capacity to further define how the priority projects (listed below) will be supported in the framework of Horizon 2020 to develop new world-class research infrastructures. The first support action will be implemented under the call INFRADEV-3-2015: Individual implementation and operation of ESFRI projects, see work programme on Research infrastructures, page 9. A total budget of about 90 million € will be allocated to this action.

Prioritisation of Support to ESFRI Projects for Implementation (ANNEX to Council Conclusion of 26 May 2014)

  1. Three Priority Projects for implementation
    • EPOS: European Plate Observing System
    • ELIXIR: The European Life-Science Infrastructure for Biological Information
    • ESS: The European Spallation Source

  2. Implementation Support
    • ECCSEL: European Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure
    • EISCAT-3D: The next generation incoherent scatter radar system
    • EMSO: European Multidisciplinary Seafloor & Water column Observatory
    • BBMRI: Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure
    • ELI: Extreme Light Infrastructure
    • CTA: Cherenkov Telescope Array
    • SKA: Square Kilometre Array
    • CLARIN: Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure
    • DARIAH: Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

  3. Support for Sustainability and European Coverage
    • CESSDA: Council of European Social Science Data Archives
    • SHARE: Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe
    • ESS ERIC: European Social Survey


European research infrastructures for excellent science: open calls of Horizon 2020

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

Next call deadline: 2 September 2014 for INFRADEV1-2014; INFRADEV-4-2014/2015; INFRAIA-1-2014/2015; INFRASUPP-1-3-5-6-7-2014





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