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Research infrastructures are the backbone of scientific communities. Research infrastructures have been a well-established concept in the physical sciences for a long time. More recently, the concept of openly accessible infrastructures has spread into all disciplines of science, including life, environmental, social sciences and the humanities. This spread has happened not least under the influence of interdisciplinary users and the increasing importance of e-Science. Research infrastructures therefore provide research opportunities and services to researchers in many areas also addressed by other Parts of Horizon 2020, in particular the Parts "Societal Challenges", "Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies" (LEIT), and the other parts of "Excellent Science". This is also reflected in the close links between several of the topics of Research Infrastructures and certain Focus Areas. Furthermore production-level e-infrastructures are able to serve the computing and data needs of any project in the framework programme fostering economies of scale in the use of ICT systems by projects supported by Horizon 2020.


enlightened Work Programme


Developing the European research infrastructures for 2020 and beyond

The objective is to ensure the implementation and operation of the ESFRI and other world class research infrastructures, including the development of regional partner facilities; integration of and access to national research infrastructures; and the development, deployment and operation of e-infrastructures.

Fostering the innovation potential of research infrastructures and their human capital

The goal is to encourage research infrastructures to act as early adopters of technology, to promote R&D partnerships with industry, to facilitate industrial use of research infrastructures and to stimulate the creation of innovation clusters. This activity will also support training and/or exchanges of staff managing and operating research infrastructures.

Reinforcing European research infrastructure policy and international cooperation

The aim will be to support partnerships between relevant policymakers and funding bodies, mapping and monitoring tools for decision-making and also international cooperation activities.