Research Infrastructures

Research infrastructures (RIs) are those facilities, resources and related services that the scientific community use to conduct high-level research.  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 nowadays crucial for fostering innovation.

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. As Carlos Moedas, former Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said:

 “Europe needs top-class research infrastructures to generate new knowledge that helps tackle the environmental and social challenges our societies are facing.”

The European approach to research infrastructures has made remarkable progress in recent years with the implementation of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap, integrating and opening national research facilities and developing e-infrastructures underpinning a digital European Research Area (ERA).

ESFRI started a comprehensive reflection process on the role of research infrastructures in the evolving ERA. Within the H2020 programme the objective is to develop the European RIs so as they become a new world-class RIs by integrating and opening national RIs of pan-European interest, development, and through deployment and operation of ICT based e-Infrastructures. This to foster the innovation potential of RIs and their human capital while also reinforcing European RI policy and international cooperation.

In future it is expected that Research Infrastuctures will remain at the core of the ERA and Horizon Europe will further aim at integrated and inter-connected world-class research infrastructures through:

  • Consolidation of the landscape of European Research Infrastructures (meaning a) higher R&I sustainability through the development, operation and sustainability of ESFRI that is essential to the creation and use of new knowledge and the competitiveness of industries and b) making the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) an effective and comprehensive delivery channel for R&I services;
  • Opening, integrating and interconnecting Research Infrastructures ( this to enhance the research landscape by ensuring openness to key international, national and regional R&I and integrating their services);
  • Reinforcing  the European Research Infrastructure policy and International Cooperation (the goal is a stronger cooperation with international counterparts and international participation in European Research infrastructures).

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Events

  • European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Symposium 2022 [fee]

    The EOSC Symposium is the main EOSC annual event and takes place this year in Prague, Czech Republic, from 14th-17th November 2022 as part of the calendar of events of the Czech presidency of the Council...

  • MONTENIGHT 2022 and 2023 – Shaping Future

    EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS' NIGHT 2022 - SHAPE THE FUTURE 30.09.2022. CALL FOR EXHIBITORS The Foundation for the Promotion of Science - PRONA and the Natural History Museum of Montenegro are announcing...

  • European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek)

    What is it? The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy. It has grown to become a unique communication and networking...

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Organisations

  • Institute of Social Sciences, Serbia

    The Institute of Social Sciences has six scientific research centres (Centre for Demographic Research, Centre for Politicological Research and Public Opinion, Centre for Economic Research, Centre for ...

  • Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)

    Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to...

  • EIROforum

    Since the early 1950s, a number of powerful research infrastructures and laboratories have been developed and deployed by the European Intergovernmental Research Organisations for the benefit of Europe...

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Documents

  • ESFRI Roadmap 2021

    ESFRI Strategic Report on RIs in Europe ESFRI has established a European Roadmap for research infrastructures (new and major upgrades, pan-European interest) for the next 10-20 years, stimulates the...

  • A Framework for Research Infrastructure Roadmaps

    Research Infrastructure (RI) Roadmaps are critically important policy documents in strategic planning. They serve as a point of reference when planning future scientific development by providing a comprehensive...

  • From research results to innovative solutions

    Mapping national and regional programmes and initiatives in R&I valorisation : report on dissemination and exploitation practices in Member States and associated countries  

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