Science Europe highlights importance of research infrastructures in ERA
The Science Europe Governing Board has published on Open Letter highlighting the importance of research infrastructures within the European Research Area (ERA), within the context of the current ERA Conference on "Opening up to an ERA of Innovation (taking place on 22-23 June 2015 in Brussels).
Science Europe sees access to first class research infrastructures as being at the heart of implementing the ERA, and collective approaches, e.g. through the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and Horizon 2020, as crucial to safeguarding Europe's leading role at global level. The Open Letter also addresses the issue of funding for research infrastructures, stressing the importance of complementarity between national and European funding models, including the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
Other issues addressed in the paper are, amongst others, the role of inter-agency co-operation; the deployment of regional, national and even trans-regional research infrastructures to complement co-operation at European level; strategic priority setting and decision making for research infrastructures; creating an ecosystem of interoperable and sustainable data infrastructures, e-services and technological infrastructures; mapping research data management practices of research funding organisations, of the European research performing organisations and of data service providers to support to interoperability (Science Europe is currently carrying out a mapping exercise in this field); the development of a European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures; the role of research infrastructures in Horizon 2020 and concerns about the Horizon 2020 budgetary reductions in favour of the EFSI; updating and implementing the ESFRI Roadmap.
Science Europe - Open Letter (download pdf)