EU Member States have a central role in the development and financing of research infrastructures (RIs) as most are funded and run at national level. But effort is needed to avoid duplication of efforts, answer needs that a single country cannot handle and ensure a coherent approach on RI-policy in Europe. This is where the Commission comes in.
Research Infrastructures in Europe
Cooperating closely with Member States and Associated Countries, the European Commission defines, evaluates and implements strategies and tools for world-class European research infrastructures.
Europe is facing three main challenges: getting research closer to market, generating the very best science, and ensuring its rightful place in the international science community. This is why Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas has adopted open innovation, open science and open to the world as strategic priorities (the Three Os).
President Juncker also highlighted "Improving research infrastructure and making better use of research results" to boost the productivity of the European economy, in his mission letter to Commissioner Moedas.
The Commission implements EU funding for RIs and ensures that RIs effectively contribute to the priorities of the Three Os. In particular:
- Maximise research result through the open access to scientific publication and to research data
- Promote the European Open Science Cloud
- Support transnational access to research infrastructures
- Develop ICT based e-infrastructures
- Foster innovation potential of research infrastructures
- Facilitate access of SMEs to research infrastructures while respecting confidentiality
- Stimulate investment towards sustainable research infrastructures
Open to the World
- Promote the international outreach of research infrastructures
- Contribute to a Framework for Global research infrastructures
The Commission translates these priorities in the following actions: