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TOPIC : Individual support to ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures

Topic identifier: INFRADEV-03-2018-2019
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
14 November 2018
Deadline: 20 March 2019 17:00:00

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
05 December 2017
Deadline: 22 March 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The implementation phase of new pan-European research infrastructures, such as those identified in the ESFRI roadmap, is the most delicate and difficult as financial sustainability must be proved and the trust and awareness of users must be earned.

Scope:

This topic targets the long-term sustainability of new research infrastructures, ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures of European Interest, with established governance and legal structure, notably on the basis of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) or any other suitable structure with international membership. Infrastructures having submitted a first step application to the Commission for establishing an ERIC may also apply to this topic. Support will be provided to activities aimed at ensuring long-term sustainability, including enlargement of the membership, European coverage, international cooperation[1], limited pilots of access provision for testing and improving user services to increase reliability and create trust, definition of service level agreements and business/funding plan, outreach, and technology transfer activities. Proposals should explain any synergies and complementarities with previous or current EU grants.

Specific attention should be given to the interaction with industry and SMEs and the fostering of the innovation potential of the infrastructures. Activities may also facilitate the development of Regional Partner Facilities and their integration in the European research infrastructure landscape. The detailed list of activities that can be supported under this topic is given in part B of the section “Specific features for Research Infrastructures”.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 5 million would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

This activity will:

  • contribute to providing Europe with a comprehensive landscape of sustainable Research Infrastructures helping to respond to challenges in science, industry and society;
  • strengthen the ERA position and role in the global research environment;
  • reinforce the partnership between the Commission, Member States, Associated Countries and relevant stakeholders in establishing pan-European research infrastructures;
  • enhance the role of the Union in international organisations and multilateral fora;
  • support progress towards the development of global research infrastructures;
  • enable researchers to address societal challenges with a global dimension;
  • foster capacity-building and Research Infrastructure human capital development in targeted/relevant regions.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

[1] In line with the strategy for EU international cooperation in research and innovation (COM(2012)497)

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.  

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.

 

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme. 
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

For the criterion Impact of Research and Innovation Actions the second sub-criterion will be substituted by:

  • Where relevant, any substantial impacts not mentioned in the work programme, that would enhance innovation capacity; create new market opportunities, strengthen competitiveness and growth of companies, address issues related to climate change or the environment, or bring other important benefits for society;

ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/legal/templ/h2020_tpl-calc-unitcost-tna-infra_en.xls4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific proposal template will be available in the submission system at the time of call opening.
Specific evaluation form is foreseen for this topic, based on the specific evaluation criteria provided in the Work Programme.
Trans-national access cost calculation
Specific Features for Research Infrastructure
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply

For grants awarded under this topic eligible costs may take form of unit costs for providing trans-national access to research infrastructure as defined in the Commission Decision C(2013)8199 of 10 December 2013.

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

For grants awarded under this topic the depreciation costs of equipment, infrastructure or other assets for providing trans-national or virtual access to research infrastructure will be ineligible costs. The respective option of Art. 6.2.D.2 of the Model Grant Agreement will be applied.

For grants awarded under this topic beneficiaries being ‘access providers’ must provide access to research infrastructures or installations. The respective options of Article 16.1, Article 16.3, Article 25.5 and Article 31.6 of the Model Grant Agreement will be applied.

For grants awarded under this topic capitalised and operating costs of ‘large research infrastructures’ as defined in the Article 6.2.D.4 of the Model Grant Agreement are not eligible.

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
4. Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) WP 2018-20
18. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

 

Additional documents

  • Flash Call Info (call results) H2020-INFRADEV-2018-1 en


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