2004 - 2005 Survey of European Research Infrastructures
A Survey of European Research Infrastructures
was undertaken by the Commission between December 2004 and January
2005. Existing Research Infrastructures of clear European dimension,
as well as Infrastructures under construction within the next two
years were invited to participate, whenever fulfilling the following
- Research Infrastructures (RI) should provide, to the scientific
community, essential services needed for the performance of leading
edge research, of basic or applied character. RI should be open
to researchers, i.e. provide access to researchers and users from
Research Infrastructures should normally represent a total cumulative
investment (for the construction of the Research Infrastructure)
of more than 20 Mio â‚¬ (today's equivalent) (
The whole range of scientific and technological fields was covered.
To develop a strategic approach for Research Infrastructures at
European level, comprehensive and up-to-date information about the
current pattern of Research Infrastructures in Europe is essential.
The overall objective of the Survey was to obtain an up-to-date
picture and thus, to identify existing capacity of major Research
Infrastructures in Europe and respective trends and developments,
so as to better understand also the needs for future Research Infrastructures.
A questionnaire, addressing organisational, operational and financial
issues as well as the international cooperation and recognition
of each Infrastructure was made available, through a specific internet
portal, to the scientific community and relevant stakeholders. The
first round of the Survey, to be seen as a first qualitative approach,
was closed on 21 January 05. Further iterations are foreseen allowing
more information and/or resolution to be added to the obtained "picture".
(1) Nevertheless, RI representing an
investment <20 Mio â‚¬ could - and did - participate in the Survey
The first round of the Survey of European Research Infrastructures
resulted in feedback from 585 existing Research Infrastructures
and 157 Research Infrastructures under construction (within the
next two years), i.e. in total 742 Research Infrastructures were
In depth analysis of the results is currently being undertaken.
More information on the main findings resulting from the first round
of the Survey will be made available soon.
A link to a compilation
of â€œFact Sheetsâ€� for all Research Infrastructures having
replied to the Survey can be found below.
It is essential to note that the data presented should by no
means be understood as a reflection of the current situation, e.g.
in a given country. The information provided here only represents
an analysis of the responses to the first round of the Survey.
Compilation of Fact Sheets
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