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Science at the service of Europe

Research infrastructures

Improving infrastructures for research

Research infrastructures are supported in order to achieve critical mass, promote access for researchers from Europe and abroad and increase the attractiveness of European research at international level.

EU funding in 2012
€ 51.54 million

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This activity contributes in particular to the Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives "Innovation Union" and "Agenda for New Skills and Jobs".

In 2012 support was given to optimise access to existing research infrastructures through integrating activities. The European Research Area (ERA) Communication adopted in July stresses the importance of supporting world-class research infrastructures to ensure excellent research and stimulate innovation and business opportunities. In addition, support was provided to the new projects identified in the revised 2010 European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap.

One ESFRI project, the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (CLARIN), was granted the status of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), offering administrative advantages and the VAT tax exemptions enjoyed by international organisations. ERIC status will simplify the development and management of the infrastructure. A further six applications for the first step of the process to secure ERIC status had been received by the end of 2012.

As part of Horizon 2020 preparations, a public consultation was held on the mapping of the needs of research infrastructures ahead of future integrating activities.

In 2012 steady progress was made on the number of signed agreements to construct ESFRI infrastructures.