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5 October 2017

Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 – part. 4. European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) - Pre-Publication

A draft version of the Work Programme 2018-2020 for Research Infrastructures Part, not yet approved by the Commission, has just been published.

This draft is made public before the adoption of the H2020 work programme 2018-2020 in order to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of this work programme. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value. The adoption of the work programme will be announced on the Horizon 2020 website and on the Participant Portal.

6 calls and 15 topics are foreseen for the period 2018-2019. Further actions for 2020 are listed but not developed in details. The estimated total budget is more than EUR 1.200 million over the three years.

The calls will address:

  • The long term sustainability of pan European Research Infrastructures
  • The implementation of the European Open Science Cloud
  • The integration and opening of Research Infrastructures of European interest
  • The European data Infrastructure
  • The translation of Open Science into Open Innovation
  • The policy and international cooperation measures for Research infrastructures

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29 September 2017

RICH Information Day on RIs WP 2018-2020

Brussels, 30 November 2017

RICH, the network of National Contact Points for Research Infrastructures, in cooperation with the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate-General, will organize an Information Day on Thursday 30 November 2017 in Brussels to support the preparation of proposals.

The aim of the day will be to inform potential participants in the new Work Programme 2018/2020 and to offer some unique opportunities for networking.

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26 September 2017

Sustainable European Research Infrastructures – A call for action


The European Commission has launched a debate with EU Member States on establishing a European action plan that will make European Research Infrastructures sustainable in the long term.

Discussions will be based on a document PDF icon published today by the Commission, outlining key issues the different stakeholders will need to address in the action plan.

These include:

  • Synchronizing national research infrastructures roadmaps and their budgets
  • Making Research Infrastructures available more broadly by establishing cross-border access schemes
  • Launching large-scale pilots involving Research Infrastructures and industry
  • Exploiting the data produced by European Research Infrastructures in a more strategic way
  • Putting in place effective governance mechanisms at European level
  • Finding ways to increasingly and more efficiently use the European Structural Investment Funds, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, and the InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators programme for developing Research Infrastructures
  • Promoting the international outreach of Research Infrastructures and using them as flagships for European science policy

The upcoming Bulgarian EU Presidency will facilitate discussions by organizing a high-level conference on Research Infrastructures on 22 and 23 March 2018. During the conference, participants will adopt a joint declaration, which should lead to the identification of priority actions to be endorsed at the Competitiveness Council of the EU in May 2018.

Once finalised, the action plan on sustainable European Research Infrastructures will also feed into the discussions about the EU's post-2020 long-term budget, including the successor of Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation funding programme.

7 September 2017

LEAPS Launch Conference, Making the Invisible Visible!

13 November 2017, Brussels

Accelerator based light sources have made fantastic contribution to science and innovation in Europe. That's why over the past decades 15 such synchrotron or free electron laser facilities have been built across the EU and its associated members. As Europe is growing together to face the challenges of our common future these facilities are intensifying their collaboration. LEAPS, the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources, is a new strategic consortium of the Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Laser user facilities in Europe. Its primary goal is to actively and constructively ensure and promote the quality and impact of the fundamental, applied and industrial research carried out at their respective facility to the greater benefit of European science and society.

At the LEAPS Launch event of 13 November 2017 in Brussels, representatives from the ministries and funding agencies will explain how national strategies support EU-wide collaboration. The event is structured in three panel discussions illuminating excellence in science, challenges in innovation, and opportunities for integration.

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