Science at the service of Europe

Research infrastructures

Infrastructures for research

Scientists need a range of instruments, installations, facilities and resources to conduct successful research in their respective fields.

EU funding in 2009
€192.20 million

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Such research infrastructures include collections, special habitats, libraries, databases, biological archives, clean rooms, high-capacity/high- speed communication networks, data infrastructures, research vessels, satellite and aircraft observation facilities, coastal observatories, telescopes, and networks of computing facilities. Research infrastructures play a key role and are very expensive to operate.

Top-class scientific and technological development would not be possible without major research infrastructures. They are essential both for top-class activities in basic and applied research, and for attracting young people to science. The existence of recognised world-level infrastructures allows Europe to maintain a strong presence on the international research market. The ‘Research infrastructures’ activity in FP7 provides support for the development of a European approach and for the operation and enhancement of existing infrastructures, which have to keep up with the latest technological advances.