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TOPIC : Individual support to ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures

Topic identifier: INFRADEV-03-2016-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
08 December 2015
Deadline: 30 March 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The new research infrastructures under development at European level, such as those identified in the ESFRI roadmap, are advancing in their implementation phase and/or starting their operation. The initial phase is, however, the most delicate and difficult one for new pan-European infrastructures in the process to become fully operational as financial sustainability must be proved and the trust and awareness of users must be earned.

Scope:

Under the Work Programme 2016-2017 this topic will target the long-term sustainability of new research infrastructures, ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures in Europe, with established governance and legal structure, notably on the basis of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) or any other suitable structure. Support will be provided to activities aimed at ensuring long-term sustainability, including enlargement of the membership, European coverage, international cooperation[1], limited pilots of access provision for testing and improving user services to increase reliability and create trust, definition of service level agreements and business/funding plan, outreach, and technology transfer activities. Proposals should explain any synergies and complementarities with previous or current EU grants.

Specific attention will be given to the interaction with industry and SMEs. Activities may also foster the development of Regional Partner Facilities. The detailed list of activities that can be supported under this topic is given in part B of the section ‚ÄúSpecific features for Research Infrastructures‚ÄĚ.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 5 million would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

This activity will:

  • contribute to providing Europe with a comprehensive landscape of sustainable Research Infrastructures helping to respond to challenges in science, industry and society;
  • strengthen the ERA position and role in the global research environment;
  • reinforce the partnership between the Commission, Member States, Associated Countries and relevant stakeholders in establishing pan-European research infrastructures;
  • enhance the role of the Union in international organisations and multilateral fora;
  • support progress towards the development of global research infrastructures;
  • enable researchers to address societal challenges with a global dimension;
  • foster capacity-building and Research Infrastructure human capital development in targeted/relevant regions.

[1]In line with the strategy for EU international cooperation in research and innovation (COM(2012)497)

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
 

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

 

3. Evaluation

3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

      

4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
      For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
      For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

 

5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific proposal template
Standard evaluation form
H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement 

Trans-national access cost calculation

Virtual access cost calculation

Specific features for RI

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

Classified information

Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

 

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:
• The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).
• Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.
• Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot. The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.


8. Additional Documents 

H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

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