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Towards the ESFRI Roadmap 2016

The Roadmap 2016 update process was launched in September 2014 in Trieste. In the framework of this update, ESFRI is expecting proposals for new (or major upgrades of) research infrastructures of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas. Proposals can be submitted until 31rst March 2015.

In parallel, ESFRI will carry out an in-depth analysis of the research infrastructure landscape in all scientific fields in Europe. The landscape analysis will provide a comprehensive picture of the existing research infrastructures of pan-European scope, including the national/regional research infrastructures that operate international open access.

More information on the roadmap update process and how to submit a proposal

Evaluation of impact of the EU research infrastructure activity in FP7

The study analyses the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Research Infrastructures (RI) component of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), assesses its European Added Value and formulates strategic and operational recommendations for future RI actions. It was launched in January 2013 and covers in its quantitative analyses the contracts signed under the FP7 RI programme before the end of 2012. The study addresses a total 313 projects, with total EC funding of €1,357m, and 4,649 participations. Close to 1,600 organizations are involved.

The report confirms the high relevance of the FP7 RI programme, “in the sense that its objectives correspond to the policy needs” and “projects funded are largely consistent with meeting those objectives as well as with RI users' needs.” It concludes that the “FP7 RI programme has made a significant step forward in the efficiency and effectiveness of its support to the European research infrastructure” compared to the FP6.

View or download the report

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: 14 January 2015 for INFRADEV-3-2015: individual implementation and operation of ESFRI projects; EINFRA-5-2015: Centres of excellence for computing applications and EINFRA-9-2015: e-infrastructures for virtual research environments

Commission Decision C(2013) 8199 of 10 December 2013 authorizing the use of reimbursement on the basis of unit costs for transnational access.



Cosmological standard candles not standard anymore?

15 September 2014

Photo of supernova
Galaxy M82 in which the supernova
exploded Credit: NASA, ESA,
& Hubble Heritage

A study, carried out in the framework of the RadioNet3 project, discards the possibility that the progenitor of the type Ia SN 2014J might have stemmed from the explosions of a white dwarf nourished by a normal star. Were these conclusions to become generalized, the use of type Ia supernovae “cosmological standard candles” might need to be revised.

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