European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures

The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) is intended to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. Competitive and open access to high-quality research infrastructure supports and benchmarks the quality of European science, and attracts the best researchers from around the world.

NERC supports participation in ESFRI projects as a key part of our National Capability including several that are on the current ESFRI Roadmap. The ESFRI Roadmap is an ongoing process.

2016 ESFRI roadmap

The latest version of the ESFRI Roadmap was launched on 10 March 2016, in Amsterdam. The ESFRI Roadmap 2016 identifies the new Research Infrastructures (RI) of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas, regardless of possible location.

Two environmental projects were approved and have been added to the 2016 roadmap:

  • The European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds, and Trace gases (ACTRIS).
  • The Danube International Centre for Advanced Studies for River-Delta-Sea Systems (DANUBIUS) Research Infrastructure.

Towards the Roadmap 2018

ESFRI has launched its Roadmap 2018 update to identify new Research Infrastructures of pan-European strategic value for the long-term needs of the European science and innovation communities in all areas of research. The ESFRI Roadmap is a collective and on-going process, mandated by the Council of the European Union, depending on a continuous commitment from the European research communities. The Roadmap 2018 will be the fifth European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures.


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NERC Capital Team