European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
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ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. The competitive and open access to high quality Research Infrastructures supports and benchmarks the quality of the activities of European scientists, and attracts the best researchers from around the world. ESFRI operates at the forefront of European and global science policy and contributes to its development translating political objectives into concrete advice for RI in Europe.
ESFRI Objectives & Vision
The mission of ESFRI is to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making on research infrastructures in Europe, and to facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to the better use and development of research infrastructures, at EU and international level. ESFRI's delegates are nominated by the Research Ministers of the Member and Associate Countries, and include a representative of the Commission, working together to develop a joint vision and a common strategy. more...
The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures was established in 2002, with a mandate from the EU Council to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making on research infrastructures in Europe, and to facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to the better use and development of research infrastructures, at EU and international level. more...
A brief overview of the composition and role of some of the key players in the Forum, ESFRI members, ESFRI executive Board and ESFRI executive secretariat. more...
How ESFRI works
The ESFRI is a self-regulated body, which operates openly and on a consensus basis. ESFRI Delegates are senior science-policy officials or equivalents, who represent ministers responsible for research in their country. A senior science-policy official represents the European Commission. more...
By regularly carrying out analysis of RI landscapes in several reference scientific domains, in addition to e-infrastructures ESFRI captures and describes the key RI defining the entire landscape, identifies gaps and enables stakeholders at institutional, regional, national, European and global level to position their RI initiatives within a broader context and identifies synergies and complementarities with existing RI to refine their strategic priority setting.
ESFRI organises open calls for proposals, selects proposals based on strict eligibility criteria and reviews them in a clear and transparent manner through independent, international peer review thus contributing to a balance within the ERA between the bottom-up design of RI and the subsequent strategic top-down prioritisation of a limited portfolio of pan-European RI. ESFRI reports directly to the Council where the ministers have acknowledged ESFRI`s role and value.
The Forum has no budget. Each delegation shall provide the necessary resources for members of the delegation and experts appointed to ESFRI working groups to effectively implement their mandate and fulfil their tasks related to ESFRI work. The European Commission covers the cost of the Secretariat and will provide meeting accommodation at Commission premises upon request, subject to room availability. Extra resources, as might be necessary to cover the costs associated to chairmanship, working groups, task forces or for commissioning independent advice, will have to be found in advance on a case-by-case basis. This may include an EU-funded project providing additional resources, tools, expertise and support to ESFRI structures under the guidance of the Chair and the Secretariat.
All announced National Processes for ESFRI Roadmap 2021 new Project proposals can also be found here.
The Proposal Submission and the Project Monitoring Questionnaire are templates only. The submission forms are available through the ESFRI Monitoring System+ (ESFRI-MoS+).
- OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS - 25 September 2019
- SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS - 9 September 2020
- CRITICAL QUESTIONS & INVITATION TO HEARINGS - October 2020
- HEARINGS - NOVEMBER - December 2020
- ESFRI FORUM DECISION - June-September 2021
- ESFRI ROADMAP LAUNCH - OCTOBER - November 2021