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Work Programme 2007-2008, Capacities, Part 1, Research Infrastructures (C(2007)2464 of 14 June 2007)

Funded under: FP7-CAPACITIES


Research infrastructures play an increasing role in the advancement of knowledge and technology and their exploitation. For example, radiation sources, data banks in genomics and data banks in social science, observatories for environmental sciences, systems of imaging or clean rooms for the study and development of new materials or nano-electronics, are at the core of research and innovation processes. By offering unique research services to users from different countries, including from the peripheral and outermost regions, by attracting young people to science and through networking of facilities, research infrastructures help structuring the scientific community and play therefore a key role in the construction of an efficient research and innovation environment. Because of their ability to assemble a 'critical mass' of people and investment, they contribute to national, regional and European economic development. They are therefore at the core of the knowledge triangle of research, education and innovation.
The development of a European approach with regard to research infrastructures, including computing and communication based e-infrastructures, and the carrying out of activities in this area at a European level, can make a significant contribution to boosting European research potential and its exploitation, as well as to reinforce European research communities. Indeed, since such infrastructures are expensive and need a broad range of expertise to be developed, they should be built, used and exploited on a European or even larger scale.
While Member States remain central in the development and financing of infrastructures, the Community can and should play a catalysing and leveraging role by helping to ensure wider and more efficient access to, and use of, the infrastructures existing in the different Member States.

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