The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) will be updating its Roadmap in 2016. The Research Council of Norway recommends that Norwegian authorities should not put forth any new Norwegian-led projects for inclusion on the roadmap.
ESFRI has provided a strategic roadmap for Europe’s needs for new or upgraded research infrastructures in all research areas since 2006. There are currently 48 research infrastructures on the roadmap, after the updates in 2008 and 2010. Norwegian research groups are active participants in half of these projects.
The Research Council is not aware of any new, sufficiently developed projects at Norwegian research institutions with the potential to compete successfully for inclusion on the ESFRI Roadmap in 2016.
“We believe our recommendation is justified based on the overview of the Norwegian research infrastructure landscape obtained from three INFRASTRUKTUR funding announcements and from our activities to update the Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure in 2014. Moreover, we have not received any indication in our dialogues with relevant ministries about new ESFRI projects to promote,” says Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director of the Division for Science at the Research Council.
“In the event any research institutions themselves feel they have a well-founded recommendation for new ESFRI projects that Norway should propose, they should contact us as soon as possible.” The Research Council still has until March 2015 to put forth applications from Norway, Mr Hanneborg adds.
The ESFRI Roadmap is limited to projects which have been endorsed and reviewed at the government authority level and have financial backing from the proposed host country. Projects are also expected to have formal commitments from at least one or two partner countries.
Norwegian participation in new projects headed by other countries
New projects included in the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap will be able to apply for funding under Horizon 2020 for the preparatory phase. This applies to any Norwegian participants in projects hosted by other countries as well. As in previous years, Norwegian participants may also apply for funding under the Research Council’s National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure (INFRASTRUKTUR).
Norwegian participants in the 2010 ESFRI Roadmap
Norwegian research groups are taking active part in the implementation or preparatory phases of 24 research infrastructure projects on the ESFRI Roadmap of 2010.
The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Research Infrastructure has been established with Norway as its host country. The research infrastructures Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) and European Carbon Dioxide ND Storage Laboratory Infrastructure (ECCSEL) are in the planning phase and are also headed by Norwegian groups. These three research infrastructures were proposed for inclusion on the ESFRI Roadmap updated in 2008, on the recommendation of the Research Council. In addition, Norway will be assisting in the establishment of the European Spallation Source (ESS) Research Infrastructure in Sweden and Norwegian research groups are participating in the planning of the Next Generation European Incoherent Scatter Radar System (EISCAT_3D) Research Infrastructure, hosted by Sweden.
For more information about the ESFRI projects with Norwegian participation, click on “Norsk veikart for forskningsinfrastruktur” on the Norwegian-language INFRASTRUKTUR webpages.