Developing a reliable, first-rate system of research infrastructures will help carry out the research needed to address societal challenges such as climate change, energy supply and lifelong health.
EU funding in 2011
€ 160.07 million
This is why the FP7 Research Infrastructures Action optimises the use and development of Europe's best existing research infrastructures and helps create new ones.
In 2011, actions focused on improving researchers' access to established research infrastructures via Integrating Activities. Further actions supported the implementation phase of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) projects. On 17 March 2011, the European Commission adopted the first European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) – known as SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) ERIC. SHARE is building a multidisciplinary and cross-national database on the health, social and family networks and socio-economic status of about 45 000 Europeans whom are at least 50 years old. The survey will use this collected data to analyse the on-going socio-economic changes caused by population ageing.
Two workshops on ESFRI Research Infrastructures and Joint Programming Initiatives in the field of biological and medical sciences and environmental sciences were also organised in 2011. The opportunity to exchange information, discuss needs and identify challenges (e.g. lacking data harmonisation) revealed that further workshops are needed.