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Evaluation and impact of Research Infrastructures

  • How to best demonstrate the impact of RIs

    Exchange of experiences between Preparatory Phase projects

    European Workshop, 15 June 2011, Brussels

    On 15 June 2011, representatives of 33 ESFRI-projects came together in the Palais des Academies of the Royal Academy of Belgium to discuss how to best demonstrate the impact of Research Infrastructures. This 5th workshop for the exchange of experiences of preparatory phase projects was opened by Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph, chair of ESFRI.

    Report on the workshop

  • The Role of Research Infrastructures for a competitive Knowledge Economy

  • Workshop, 29-30 June 2009

    Developing World Class Research Infrastructures (RIs) is one of the five pillars of an ambitious European Research Area (ERA)-Vision for the future.
    Large scale Research Infrastructures act as centres of competence, which are open and attractive to the best world-level researchers. They contribute in a unique way to both social and economic development. The implementation of the ESFRI Roadmap projects for the construction (or major upgrade) of research facilities of pan-European interest has led to increased attention to studies measuring the scientific, social and economic benefits deriving from these infrastructures.

    Report on the workshop

Evaluation of EU RI action and programmes

  • FP6 RI projects scrutinized by the European Court of Auditors

    Special Report, July 2010

    The European Court of Auditors issued on 12 July 2010 a Special Report on the effectiveness of two FP6 support schemes for research infrastructures: the Design Studies (DS) and Construction of New Infrastructures (CNI) support schemes that form part of EU policy to develop high level research infrastructures in Europe.

    Special report (pdf icon 735 KB)
    Press release (pdf icon 40 KB)
  • Research Infrastructures actions under the Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006): Evaluation of pertinence and impact

    Evaluation study, 2009

    The Directorates-General for Research and for Information Society and Media commissioned a study to assess the impact of EC activities related to Research Infrastructures under the Sixth Community Research Framework Programme (2002–2006). The study, carried out by Matrix Knowledge Group in cooperation with Rambøll Management and PREST, covered all modes of EU support actions to RIs, except for pure Transnational Access projects.

    The aim of the evaluation was to gather a wide range of evidence of the impact of EU support actions on RIs in Europe. The overall objectives of this study were to:

    • assess the added value of Community actions for integrating and developing Research Infrastructures
    • reflect on the socio-economic impact of the Community actions
    • identify gaps, needs and ideas for possible future actions with the aim of strengthening the European Research Area.


    Synthesis report (EN) [1,50 Mb] acrobat

    Technical Appendices (EN) [1 Mb] acrobat