BBMRI-ERIC

Putting together biobanks and biomolecular resources into a pan-European facility. 

Collections of biological resources, such as cells, tissues or biomolecules are considered as the essential raw material for the advancement of biotechnology, human health, and for research and development in life sciences.

BBMRI, the pan-European Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure, improves the accessibility and interoperability of existing comprehensive collections of biological samples from different (sub)populations of Europe.

Commission Decision
BBMRI-ERIC website

CERIC-ERIC

Materials science facilities of Central Europe join resources to offer an integrated service to researchers. 

CERIC, the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, puts together the national multidisciplinary analytical, synthesis and sample preparation capabilities of eight countries - Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia. Serbia is in the process of appointing the Representing Entity.

CERIC-ERIC exploits the full scientific potential of the Central European area in the synchrotron light and other microscopic probes for analytical and modification techniques for a broad range of applications in the fields of life sciences, nanoscience and nanotechnology, cultural heritage, environment and materials sciences.

Commission Decision
CERIC-ERIC website

CESSDA ERIC

The Consortium of European Social Science data Archives

provides large scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences. 

CESSDA brings together social science data archives across Europe, with the aim of promoting the results of social science research and supporting national and international research and cooperation.

On 9 June 2017, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the Consortium of European Social Science data Archives (CESSDA). With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project.

Commission Decision
Statutes
CESSDA website

CLARIN ERIC

EU language research infrastructure, making digital language resources available to all disciplines. 

CLARIN, the pan-European Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, makes digital language resources available to scholars and researchers of all disciplines, in particular humanities and social sciences.

It provides a single collection of data and tools which can be accessed by the user through a web application, requiring only one identity and sign-on. Researchers are gaining access to repositories of data with standardised descriptions and processing tools to operate them, as well as to guidance and advice through distributed knowledge centres.

Commission Decision
CLARIN ERIC website

DARIAH ERIC

A European digital research infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. 

DARIAH ERIC stands for Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities European Research Infrastructure Consortium.

DARIAH ERIC enhances and supports digitally-enabled research across the humanities and arts. It works with research and education communities to explore and apply ICT-based methods to research questions, new and old.

Commission Decision
DARIAH ERIC website

EATRIS-ERIC

Making translation of scientific discoveries into medical products more effective. 

EATRIS-ERIC, the European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in medicine, will accelerate the development process for drugs and diagnostics with an unmet medical need and raise the quality of life for Europeans.

Commission Decision
News Alert
EATRIS-ERIC website

ECCSEL ERIC

The European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure 

ECCSEL provides the infrastructure for research into Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) which must ensure up to 17% of the global annual CO2 emission cuts, and 14% of the accumulated cuts from now on. ECCSEL will provide a dedicated and coordinated research environment, pushing the forefront of technological development beyond the state-of-the-art, and thereby accelerating the commercialisation and deployment of CCS methods. 

On 9 June 2017, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure. With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project. ECCSEL ERIC is the first ERIC established in the Energy domain which is so important for the Energy Union, the Sustainable Development Goals and for COP21.

Commission Decision
Statutes
ECCSEL website

ECRIN-ERIC

A non-profit organisation to develop and implement multinational clinical trials in Europe. 

ECRIN-ERIC provides services to multinational clinical research, in any medical field and for any category of clinical research in order to strengthen the capacity of the European Union to explore the determinants of diseases and optimise the use of diagnostics, prevention and treatment strategies.

Commission Decision
European Commission awards EU legal status to four research infrastructures
ECRIN-ERIC website

EMBRC

European Marine Biology Resource Center

The European Commission on 21 February 2018 granted the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), setting up a pan-European Consortium for marine biology and ecology research (EMBRC-ERIC).

Hosted in France and based in Paris, EMBRC-ERIC will provide a single access point to a comprehensive portfolio of services and research platforms, marine ecosystems and genetic material, biological resources and analytical data, E-infrastructure and metadata.

Commission Decision
Statutes
EMBRC website

EMSO ERIC

New European research infrastructure to provide key data on the sea and climate change 

In September 2016, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), a network of observatory nodes installed in European seas providing key data on marine ecosystems, natural hazards and climate change.

Based in Rome, EMSO has been established by eight countries: France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom. It will collect high-resolution data from the ocean surface, water column, seafloor and sub-seafloor, and transmit it to shore via satellites or cable connection in real or near-real time. These measurements are crucial for our understanding of climate change and its impacts, and for improving geo-hazard early warning.

Commission Decision
News Alert
Statutes of EMSO ERIC
EMSO ERIC website

EPOS ERIC

European Plate Observing System

The European Commission granted on 30 October the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the European Plate Observing System (EPOS), a research infrastructure that will provide a better understanding of the physical processes controlling earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, tectonic movements and other such geo-hazards with potentially grave impact on the environment and the welfare of citizens.

Commission Decision
Statutes
EPOS website

ESS ERIC

Exploring social attitudes, measuring changes in public attitudes and behaviour patterns. 

The European Social Survey (ESS) ERIC, measures changes in public attitudes and behaviour patterns both over time across nations. Based on interviews with respondents in 34 countries, the online database of the ESS ERIC reflects how Europeans view their environment, and how their values and perceptions are changing.

Commission Decision
ESS ERIC website

EU-OPENSCREEN

European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology

The European Commission on 20 March 2018 granted the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology (EU OPENSCREEN), setting up a Pan European research infrastructure for chemical biology.

Hosted in Germany and based in Berlin, on the Science Campus BUCH, the new ERIC will provide a single access point to screening platforms as well as chemistry and biology facilities.

Commission Decision
Statutes
EU-OPENSCREEN website

Euro-Argo ERIC

Global ocean observing infrastructure reporting subsurface ocean properties to a wide range of users. 

Argo is a global array of autonomous instruments deployed over the world ocean and reporting near-real time subsurface ocean properties to a wide range of users via satellite. Euro-Argo is Europe's contribution to this effort.

Euro-Argo ERIC is now a key player in the international global Earth observing systems. The consolidation of ocean observations by Euro-Argo will enable a sustainable exploration, exploitation and protection of the oceans, in line with the blue growth strategy, and will enhance the European COPERNICUS Earth observing programme.

Commission Decision
Blue Economy Innovation: examples of EU marine research
Euro-Argo website

Euro-BioImaging ERIC

Gateway to European biological and biomedical imaging

Euro-BioImaging is the European landmark research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging as recognised by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Through Euro-BioImaging, life scientists can access imaging instruments, expertise, training opportunities and data management services that they might not find at their home institutions or among their collaboration partners. All scientists, regardless of their affiliation, area of expertise or field of activity can benefit from these pan-European open access services, which are provided with high quality standards by leading imaging facilities.

Commission Decision
Euro-BioImaging website

European Spallation Source-ERIC

The European Spallation Source is the world's next-generation neutron source currently under construction in Lund, Sweden.

It is the largest project and one of the top priorities of the European Commission’s European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap. The European Spallation Source will use a high-power linear proton accelerator to create neutron beams to probe the structures and dynamics of materials.

Commission Decision
European Spallation Source-ERIC website

ICOS ERIC

Integrated Carbon Observation System European Research Infrastructure Consortium

In October 2015, the European Commission established a pan-European greenhouse gas monitoring organisation, Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS).

It was established to meet the need for a versatile and long-term greenhouse gas observation network in Europe.

The organisation consists of national networks of measuring stations, central facilities specialised in various fields and the head office in Finland, which coordinates the operations.

Commission Decision
ICOS website

INSTRUCT ERIC

The Integrated Structural Biology - European Research Infrastructure Consortium

INSTRUCT-ERIC will provide high-quality working conditions for researchers in structural biology. Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia and the UK are members of INSTRUCT-ERIC, while Spain, Greece and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) are currently observers. INSTRUCT-ERIC is the seventeenth ERIC established by the European Commission.

Legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium was granted on 4 July 2017.

Commission Decision
Statutes
INSTRUCT website

JIV-ERIC

The JIV-ERIC allows telescopes in Europe, Asia and South Africa to avail of much simpler management procedures.

The infrastructures participating in JIV-ERIC have pioneered in the field of e-VLBI – a technique that measures in real time the radio frequencies emitted by astronomical objects.

JIV-ERIC is planning to develop the most accurate timing distribution infrastructure in the world and enable additional cutting-edge applications of VLBI (very long baseline interferometry) and radio astronomy technologies.

Commission Decision
News Alert
JIV-ERIC website

LifeWatch ERIC

New European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research

LifeWatch aims to advance biodiversity and ecosystem research and to provide major contributions to addressing big environmental challenges such as climate change by providing access through a pan-European distributed e-infrastructure to large sets of data, services and tools that enable the creation of virtual laboratories and decision-support applications. Thanks to these virtual research environments, specific issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem research and preservation are addressed through the implementation of integrated models.

In March 2017 the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch). With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project.

Commission Decision
Statutes
News Alert
LifeWatch ERIC website

SHARE-ERIC

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of about 140,000 individuals aged 50 or older (around 380,000 interviews). SHARE covers 28 European countries and Israel.

SHARE is the first European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). It is hosted by the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Germany, and aims to help researchers understand the impact of population ageing on European societies and thus to help policy makers make decisions on health, social and economic policy.

Amendment of SHARE-ERIC statutes: A Commission Decision of 27 May 2014 approved amendments to the Statutes of SHARE-ERIC. The statutory seat of SHARE-ERIC transferred from Tilburg, in The Netherlands to Munich, in Germany.

Commission Decision
Press Release
SHARE-ERIC website