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Sectors: Education - Training, Information, Innovation, New technologies, Research

Beneficiaries: Agencies Chambers, Corporations, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Asia, Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States, Pacific

Category: Call for proposals


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Developing countries: Over 100 developing countries are automatically eligible for funding under Horizon 2020

Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims to develop a new world-class research infrastructure by the implementation and initial operation of new research infrastructures which are identified by ESFRI.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To contribute to the realisation of the Innovation Union flagship initiative’s Commitment n. 5 “to complete or launch the construction of 60% of the ESFRI projects by 2015”
– To strengthen the ERA position and role in the global research environment
– To reinforce the partnership between the Commission, Member States, Associated Countries and relevant stakeholders in establishing pan-European research infrastructures
– To enhance the role of the Union in international organisations and multilateral forums
– To support progress towards the development of global research infrastructures
– To enable researchers to address societal challenges with a global dimension such as climate change
– To foster capacity building and Research Infrastructure human capital development in targeted/relevant regions
– To raise the technological level of the European industry and SME’s, thus improving their competitive position, through their involvement in research infrastructures development and service provision

Among financed actions
– Central management and coordination
– Organisation of the logistic support for researchers, definition of access policies for researchers and management of IPRs and ethical issues
– Development of regional partner facilities (RPF) aiming at a more balanced development of the European Research Area. The supported activities should help the RPF to meet the same standards required for pan-European Research Infrastructures, in particular regarding the quality of services, management and open access policy
– Development of final prototypes for key enabling technologies and implementation plans for transfer of knowledge from prototypes to the new facility
– Development of high performance methodologies and protocols, high performance instrumentation, including the testing of components, subsystems, materials, techniques and dedicated software
– Introduction of new processes or software facilitating the take-up by the research communities of the new facility ;
– R&D and engineering work jointly with industry and users; pre-commercial procurement processes, public procurement of innovation
– Innovative solutions for data or sample collection, management, processing, curation, annotation, and deposition, including relations with publishers for supporting data and sample deposition services
– Deposition and stewardship services for data and publications generated by Horizon 2020 actions;
– Innovative software solutions for research activities;
– Definition of standards, protocols and interoperability
– Benchmarking