Preparatory Phase projects funded under the RTD Framework programmes

The projects listed in the tables below belong to the Preparatory Phase for the Construction of New Infrastructures (or major upgrades of existing ones) funding scheme and are sorted by scientific domain.

Projects identified in the ESFRI Roadmap

Biological and Medical Sciences

  • BBMRI – Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure
  • EATRIS - The European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine
  • ECRIN – Pan European infrastructure for clinical trials and biotherapy
  • ELIXIR – European Life-Science Infrastructure for Biological Information – A Major Upgrade
  • Infrafrontier - Infrastructure for phenotyping and archiving of mammalian genomes
  • INSTRUCT – An integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure for Europe


  • PRACE - (ex-EU-HPC) – Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe


  • HiPER - High Power Experimental Research Facility

Environmental Sciences

  • AURORA BOREALIS - European Polar Research Icebreaker
  • COPAL - (ex-EUFAR) EUropean Fleet of Airborne Research
  • EMSO - European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observation
  • EURO ARGO - Global Ocean Observing in Infrastructure
  • IAGOS -ERI - In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System
  • ICOS - Integrated Carbon Observation System
  • LIFE WATCH - Research Infrastructures Network for Research in Biodiversity

Materials and Analytical Facilities

Physical Sciences and Engineering

  • E-ELT – European Extremely Large Telescope
  • ELI – Extreme Light Infrastructure
  • FAIR – Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research
  • KM3NeT – Kilometre Cube Neutrino Telescope
  • PRINS – Pan-European Research Infrastructure for Nanostructures
  • SKA – Square Kilometre Array radiotelescope
  • SPIRAL 2 - Radioactive Ion Beam facility

Social Sciences & Humanities

  • CESSDA - Council of European Social Science Data Archives
  • CLARIN - Common LAnguage Resources and technology INitiative
  • DARIAH - DigitAl Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities
  • The European Social Survey
  • SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe


Projects identified in the European Strategy for Particle Physics