Research Infrastructures

Research Infrastructures (RIs) are facilities that provide resources and services for the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields.

They cover a range of research fields from engineering and social sciences to genomics and astronomy and can be single-sited (a single resource at a single location), distributed (a network of distributed resources) or virtual (the service is provided electronically). Research infrastructures can be also used beyond research e.g. for education or public services and are crucial for fostering innovation.

These include major equipment or sets of instruments, knowledge-related facilities such as collections, archives or scientific data infrastructures, computing systems, communication networks.

The importance of RIs are undisputable as they play a vital strategic role in the advancement and exploitation of knowledge and technology. Not only are they necessary to the structuring of the scientific community – offering high quality research services, networking facilities, attracting young people to science – they also aid in the construction of an efficient research and innovation environment.

The European Commission defines, evaluates and implements strategies and tools to provide Europe with world-class sustainable Research Infrastructures. The Commission does this while cooperating closely with EU countries and countries associated to Horizon 2020. It also ensures that these research infrastructures are open and accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond.

The key aims are, to:

  • reduce fragmentation of the research and innovation ecosystem
  • avoid duplication of effort
  • better coordinate the development and use of Research Infrastructures
  • establish strategies for new pan-European, well-established intergovernmental or national Research Infrastructures
  • join forces internationally to construct and run large, complex or expensive infrastructures, respond to global challenges and/or foster combining skills, data and efforts of the world's best scientists
  • foster the innovation potential of Research Infrastructures by making industry more aware of opportunities offered to improve their products and by the co-development of advanced technologies use Research Infrastructures for science diplomacy - using science collaboration to address common problems and build partnerships internationally

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Events

  • ISC High Performance 2023 conference

    ISC 2023 is planned as an in-person conference from May 21 to May 25, 2023, in Hamburg, Germany. By submitting a research paper, the submitter agrees that one of the authors of the paper will present...

  • TNC 2023

    TNC23 will take place in Tirana from 5-9 June 2023 and will be hosted by RASH, the National Research and Education Network of Albania.  Registration will open on 23 January 2023! Founded...

  • ENVRI Week 2023

    ENVRI week is the annual consortium meeting of the ENVRI-FAIR project, a week dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures. The ENVRI week hosts ENVRI-FAIR project-related sessions as well as several...

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Calls

  • CERIC-ERIC Call for Proposals 18 is now OPEN!

    Call for proposals for access to integrated multidisciplinary facilities for Materials and Biomaterials CERIC-ERIC offers access through a single entry point to more than 60 different and complementary...

  • BioSense Institute Call for an accelerator on IT and agricultural startups

    The BioSense Institute invited innovative startups from the IT and agricultural sectors to participate in the third edition of the accelerator and thus continues the good practice of providing support...

  • ISC 2023 Call for Research Papers

    The ISC research paper sessions provide world-class opportunities for engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and government to present and discuss issues, trends, and results that will shape...

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  • Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Podcasts: GoTriple Platform

    CESSDA stands for Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives and ERIC stands for European Research Infrastructure Consortium. CESSDA provides large-scale, integrated and sustainable data services...

  • ERIC Forum Toolkit

    The purpose of the ERIC Forum Toolkit is to collect the wealth of knowledge accumulated by ERIC Forum in one practical online platform. On this site, you’ll find answers to most practical questions...

  • European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

    The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is an environment for hosting and processing research data to support EU science. The ambition of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is to provide European...

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