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Work Programme (2004-2005) for the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration [...] Support for Research Infrastructures, (C(2004)3330)

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Abstract

This document provides a general description of the action in support of research infrastructures in the Specific Programme on Structuring the European Research Area, itself part of the Sixth Framework Programme for Community R&D, 2002-2006 (FP6). It also describes how this action will be implemented.
The ability of Europe's research teams to remain at the forefront of all fields of science and technology depends on their being supported by state-of-the-art infrastructures. The term "research infrastructures" refers to facilities and resources that provide essential services to the research community in both academic and/or industrial domains. Research infrastructures may be "single-sited" (single resource at a single location), "distributed" (a network of distributed resources, including infrastructures based on Grid-type architectures), or "virtual" (the service being provided electronically).
Examples include singular large-scale research installations, collections, special habitats, libraries, data-bases, integrated arrays of small research installations, highcapacity/ high-speed communications networks (e.g. Géant), networks of computing facilities (e.g. Grids), as well as infrastructural centres of competence which provide a service for the wider research community based on an assembly of techniques and know-how.
The overall objective of this activity is to promote the development of a fabric of research infrastructures of the highest quality and performance in Europe, and their optimum use on a European scale based on the needs expressed by the research community.

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