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TOPIC : Policy and international cooperation measures for research infrastructures

Topic identifier: INFRASUPP-01-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
08 December 2015
Deadline: 30 March 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Excellent Science
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

In the context of the communication for a reinforced ERA partnership for excellence and growth[1], the focus of the policy support measures is related to the effective investment and use of research infrastructures. Following the communication of the Commission on International Cooperation in Research and Innovation (COM(2012)497), international cooperation for research infrastructures is needed with a number of key third countries/regions seen as strategic for the development, exploitation and management of world-class research infrastructures necessary to address research challenges with a global dimension.


Proposals will address one of the following areas:

  1. Support Research Infrastructure policy development in terms of exchange of best practices for national Roadmap drafting and evaluation procedures for research infrastructures in order to promote comparability and synchronisation of national procedures and a possible harmonisation of ex-ante and ex-post evaluation mechanisms. The full lifecycle of research infrastructure funding should be duly taken into account. The proposals shall foresee the conduction of an analysis of existing national roadmaps so to extrapolate common trends that could be then proposed as best practices in terms of criteria for inclusion, and for addressing societal needs with cross-cutting/multi-disciplinary approaches. The activity should foresee, amongst other, the organisation of dedicated workshops with the relevant key players both at national and European level (with specific reference to ESFRI and the e-IRG) for validation of the findings and recommendations.
  2. Conduct an International landscaping exercise for Research Infrastructures to support the EU strategy of International cooperation in this field. Such exercise should build on the ESFRI landscaping exercise. The proposals should demonstrate the added value of the pan European investments in terms of establishing, as appropriate, complementarities to non-European initiatives and should link, as appropriate, to the relevant European and International bodies (i.e. ESFRI, GSO, OECD/GSF).
  3. Support to trans-disciplinary bilateral cooperation on research infrastructures with Africa. The proposal will build on the past experience and achievements gained in the FP7 project PAERIP (Promoting African – European Research Infrastructure Partnerships), taking also into account the recommendations deriving from the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation that has initially focused on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Proposals should allow to further landscape the research infrastructure dimension in Africa and identify domains in which cooperation between research infrastructures would be beneficial to consequently developing roadmaps for cooperation. Appropriate involvement of African participants is encouraged and will be taken into account during evaluation. The proposals should in particular:
    • Identify and promote opportunities (access and data sharing) available to European scientists in these research infrastructures;
    • Help to develop better coordination and cooperation of European research infrastructures with their non-European counterparts, ensuring their global interoperability and reach, and pursuing international agreements on the reciprocal use, openness or co-financing of infrastructures;
  4. Support the training needs of the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications (SESAME) facility located in Jordan and the staff exchange with other European light source infrastructures to ensure its optimal use by the research community for world-class research.

A balanced coverage of the various areas is expected as outcome of this topic. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1.5 and 2 million would allow this topic to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

This activity will:

  • Strengthen the development of a consistent and dynamic European Research Area policy for research infrastructures;
  • Facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices between the national and/or regional policies and programmes;
  • Enhance partnerships between policy makers, funding bodies, academia and industry and promote the development of appropriate monitoring tools for decision making;
  • Contribute to the emergence of sustainable approaches for the provision of cross-disciplinary research services;
  • Encourage the pooling of resources between infrastructure operators at European level in order to face the grand challenges and to foster a culture of co-operation between them, spreading good practices and encouraging infrastructures to develop in complementary ways.
  • Develop cooperation with key international partners for research infrastructures;
  • Contribute to the development of a competitive high performance ERA in the global research environment;
  • Enhance the role of the Union in international organisations and multilateral fora;
  • Contribute to capacity building and research infrastructures human capital development in targeted/relevant regions.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation
Socio-economic science and humanities

[1]COM (2012) 392 final

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
Note also that 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 (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan). 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

3. Evaluation

3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

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

Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
      For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
      For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Specific proposal template
Standard evaluation form
H2020 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.

Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. 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.

This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:
• The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).
• Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.
• Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot. The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.

8. Additional Documents:

H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

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