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4 December 2017

Dedicated Information session for ESFRI RIs and ERICs on EOSC and long-term sustainability of Research Infrastructures

The European Commission organized a dedicated information session to clarify specific topics of the Horizon 2020 RI Work Programme calls, namely on the European Open Science Cloud and Long-term sustainability.

The event was held on the 27th November at the Auditorium Karel Van Miert.

The programme comprised 2 sessions:

  • Session 1 covered the EOSC Governance, national initiatives and interface, as well as the technical development
  • Session 2 focused on the long term sustainability of RIs and the Individual Support to ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures

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20 November 2017

Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 – part. 4. European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) - Published

The Work Programme 2018-2020 for Research Infrastructures Part has been published.

6 calls and 15 topics are foreseen for the period 2018-2019. Further actions for 2020 are listed but not developed in details. The estimated total budget is more than EUR 1.200 million over the three years.

The calls will address:

  • The long term sustainability of pan European Research Infrastructures
  • The implementation of the European Open Science Cloud
  • The integration and opening of Research Infrastructures of European interest
  • The European data Infrastructure
  • The translation of Open Science into Open Innovation
  • The policy and international cooperation measures for Research infrastructures

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29 September 2017

RICH Information Day on RIs WP 2018-2020

Brussels, 30 November 2017

RICH, the network of National Contact Points for Research Infrastructures, in cooperation with the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate-General, will organize an Information Day on Thursday 30 November 2017 in Brussels to support the preparation of proposals.

The aim of the day will be to inform potential participants in the new Work Programme 2018/2020 and to offer some unique opportunities for networking.

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26 September 2017

Sustainable European Research Infrastructures – A call for action


The European Commission has launched a debate with EU Member States on establishing a European action plan that will make European Research Infrastructures sustainable in the long term.

Discussions will be based on a document PDF icon published today by the Commission, outlining key issues the different stakeholders will need to address in the action plan.

These include:

  • Synchronizing national research infrastructures roadmaps and their budgets
  • Making Research Infrastructures available more broadly by establishing cross-border access schemes
  • Launching large-scale pilots involving Research Infrastructures and industry
  • Exploiting the data produced by European Research Infrastructures in a more strategic way
  • Putting in place effective governance mechanisms at European level
  • Finding ways to increasingly and more efficiently use the European Structural Investment Funds, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, and the InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators programme for developing Research Infrastructures
  • Promoting the international outreach of Research Infrastructures and using them as flagships for European science policy

The upcoming Bulgarian EU Presidency will facilitate discussions by organizing a high-level conference on Research Infrastructures on 22 and 23 March 2018. During the conference, participants will adopt a joint declaration, which should lead to the identification of priority actions to be endorsed at the Competitiveness Council of the EU in May 2018.

Once finalised, the action plan on sustainable European Research Infrastructures will also feed into the discussions about the EU's post-2020 long-term budget, including the successor of Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation funding programme.

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