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October 5, 2017 | European news

EC Publishes Staff Working Document on Long-Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures


The European Commission recently published a Staff Working Document on "Long-term sustainability of Research Infrastructures (RI)". This document will be the basis for discussions on the priorities for getting RI sustainability in the medium and long-term. In this frame the upcoming Bulgarian EU Presidency will organise a high-level conference on RI on 22 and 23 March 2018.

The conclusions are also a contribution to the discussions on FP9 and future ESI Funds. The EC document provides relevant findings such as:

  • Synchronizing national RI roadmaps and their budgets
  • Making European RI available more broadly by establishing cross-border access schemes
  • Launching large-scale pilots involving European RI and industry
  • Exploiting the data produced by European RI in a more strategic way
  • Putting in place effective governance mechanisms at European level
  • Finding ways to increasingly and more efficiently use the European Structural Investment Funds, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, and the InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators programme for developing European RI
  • Promoting the international outreach of European RI and using them as flagships for European science policy

EC Staff Working Document







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