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TOPIC : International cooperation for research infrastructures

Topic identifier: INFRASUPP-6-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
Deadline: 02 September 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: Following the recent communication of the Commission on International Cooperation in Research and Innovation[1], the research infrastructures activity will focus on a number of key third countries seen as strategic for the development, exploitation and management of world-class research infrastructures. The G8+O5 countries plus Australia, singularly or in their entirety, for the purposes of the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on Global Research Infrastructures, are also included, without excluding the possibility of cooperation with other interested third countries or regional bodies.

Scope: In this context, the research infrastructure action will focus its activities on international cooperation in three different but complementary ways, as required: bilaterally with a single third country at policy level; multi-laterally with different third countries, targeting specific research and innovation aspects of research infrastructures of common interest in one area of science and technology; multi-laterally with different third countries if a specific effort is required in the context of a specific world class research infrastructure. Support to activities decided in the context of the Group of Senior officials on Global Research Infrastructures may fall in the latter two categories.

Proposals will address one of the following areas:

         Facilitate the development of global research infrastructures and the cooperation of European Research Infrastructures with their non-European counterparts, ensuring their global interoperability and reach, and to pursue international agreements on the reciprocal use, openness or co-financing of infrastructures, on the basis of the recommendations of the Group of Senior Officials on Global Research Infrastructures;

         Support bilateral cooperation on research infrastructures with Africa. The proposal will build on the past experience and achievements gained in the Seventh Framework Programme project PAERIP (Promoting African – European Research Infrastructure Partnerships).

         Support bilateral cooperation on research infrastructures with Russia. The proposal will in particular help develop cooperation between European research infrastructures and the Russian Megascience facilities[2], including the underpinning e-infrastructure.

         Support multi-lateral cooperation with European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries and Western Balkan Countries. The proposal will aim at developing regional roadmaps of research infrastructures jointly with stakeholders and policymakers and help them develop closer cooperation with research infrastructures of pan-European interest through training, data management and trans-national access.

         Support multi-lateral cooperation on research infrastructures in one or several of the following areas: Arctic research, marine science, biodiversity, food research and medicine. Particular emphasis will be made on cooperation with USA, Canada (including for implementing the Transatlantic Research Alliance, launched by the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation) and Russia, without excluding other relevant countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

The proposals supporting bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation with research infrastructures in third countries should in particular:

         Identify and promote opportunities (access and data sharing) available to European scientists in these research infrastructures;

         Help developing better coordination and cooperation of European research infrastructures with their non-European counterparts; ensuring their global interoperability and reach, and to pursue international agreements on the reciprocal use, openness or co-financing of infrastructures;

Exchange good practices between user communities and managers of research infrastructures as regard for instance benchmarking performance of technology platforms, harmonisation of tests, standards, reference materials, interoperability and data handling.

Expected impact:

This activity will help to:

         Develop cooperation with key international partners for research infrastructures;

         Contribute to the development of a competitive high performance ERA in the global research environment;

         Reinforce partnership between the Commission, the Member States and relevant stakeholders in this field;

         Enhance the role of the Union in international organisations and multilateral fora;

         Support progress towards the development of global research infrastructures;

         Contribute to address societal challenges with a global dimension such as climate change;

         Contribute to capacity building and research infrastructures human capital development in targeted/relevant regions.


Type of action: Coordination and support actions

[1] EC communication on 'Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: a strategic approach' (COM(2012) 497).

[2] The following 6 projects have been selected by the Russian authorities as Megascience projects: Fourth Generation Special-purpose Synchrotron Radiation Source (SSRS-4 project); International project “IGNITOR”; Exawatt Center for Extreme Light Studies (XCELS project); Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Facility (NICA project);  Super C-τ Factory; The Scientific and Research Reactor Complex PIK

Topic conditions and documents

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

The budget associated with this topic is given in the call conditions section of the Research Infrastructures part of the Work Programme (p. 49).

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

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

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 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

3.3 Specific arrangements for the evaluation: none

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

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.

Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing applicants they have been successful.

6. 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
Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
Standard evaluation form
Annotated Model Grant Agreement

7. Additional provisions:
Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

8. 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.

Additional documents

  • INFRASUPP-2014-2_flash_call_info en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 4. Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en

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