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RICH Report Summary

Project ID: 646713
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RICH (Research Infrastructures Consortium for Horizon 2020)

Reporting period: 2014-12-01 to 2016-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"RICH is a 48 months project having the a specific objective: Facilitate trans-national co-operation between NCPs for research infrastructures with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to programme applicants, taking into account the diversity of actors that make up the constituency of the Research Infrastructures Part.
In order to reach the overall goal a set of specific objectives have been established and the plan of activities implanted accordingly, in particular:

To enhance the highly professional support services operating nationally:
o All NCPs are informed about the RICH activities
o 34 MoUs signed giving access to the intranet and to the RICH services
o Virtual Helpdesk is in operation

To promote an equal and consistent level of support services throughout Europe:
o 3 trainings on “call EINFRA 215”, “WP216-2017” and “Legal and financial issues”
o 1 expert dialogue on the “Open Science Cloud initiative”
o FAQs updated

To promote of trans-national and virtual access:
o 2 videos produced
o Search facility up and running
o Presentation of relevant TAS opportunities during infodays and at NCPs networks events

To create synergies with other NCPs networks:
o All networks contacted and schedule of joint activities drafted
o One single entry point per network
o 4 common event organised

To reinforce the cooperation with other policy and international cooperation oriented measures for research infrastructures:
o Symposium on "Funding Instruments for RIs" organised

To implement feedback mechanisms (mainly EC, NCPs and coordinators):
o Feedback forms are in place for all RICH events and initiatives
o NCP networks, RIs project coordinators, Relevant stakeholders have been contacted
o Structured feedback to the EC is in place

To build on the past experience and achievements gained in EuroRis-Net and EuroRis-Net+ projects:
o The Observatory has been relaunched and is improving constantly"

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"The work carried out during the first reporting period reflects the goals outlined in Annex 1 and in particular towards the support and further development of the NCP role and capacity according to the needs of RIs community. Structured information on each Task is provided in the section “1.2 Explanation of the work carried per WP” while all the details are given in the Deliverables associated to the implementation of the different Tasks.
The project builds around two technical work packages supplemented by a work package devoted to the project management and a work package for the communication activities. All work packages closely work together to achieve RICH objectives.

WP1 Management
The WP is designed to put in place appropriate and efficient coordination and management including administrative and financial tasks, take timely corrective actions, ensure timely delivery of results with an adequate quality level, organise two review meeting and run the liaison office for extended NCP network.
Main Results
34 NCPs have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with RICH to become part of the “extended network”: the MoU sets the rules of involvement in terms of services provided and contribution expected. 45 Extended NCPs have participated so far to the different activities.
Almost all NCPs have responded to the “questionnaire on needs assessment” and by continously collecting the answers for the members of the network, beneficiaries and the extended network, we have a good picture of the skills and the needs of ther RI-NCPs. This is a powerful instrument for the planning of the different activities.

WP2 Capacity building
The WP is conceived to improved and professionalised NCP services by providing training on key technical issues specifically related to RIs, to mentor newcomers through dedicated introductory webinars and ‘welcome package’, achieve full synergy of Research Infrastructures with other H2020 pillars and maximise the exchange within the RIs NCPs.
Main Results
Three different types of training have been organised: 2 face-t-face trainings, one webinar and one welcome pack. All appointed NCPs have been consulted in designing the training topics and agendas.
All NCP network have been contacted and offered with tailor-made information relevant in the different fields.
7 triplings have been fixed building on the outcomes of the “Questionnaire on needs assessment”

WP3 Dialogue with Research Infrastructures ecosystem
The WP aims at reinforcing the cooperation with EC, European RI networks and advisory groups, supporting of dialogue on synergies among regional, national, European and international activities for RIs, access to RIs through analysis of and targeted activities, understanding the global dimension of RIs, the legal status and related coordinators needs
Main Results
The First Symposium on Funding Instruments for RIs has been successfully held: the organisation of the event can be considered as a good practice of the strict collaboration between the EC and the NCPs.
The First infoday on WP 2016-2017 has been organised and web streamed: more than 700 persons have been able to follow the event either physically or remotely

WP4 Communication and dissemination
is supporting the creation dissemination tools useful to increase the awareness of the scientific community and the other thematic NCP network of the trans-national access and services (TAS) opportunities offered by the (e-)RI, promote the activities and services offered by the NCP network, disseminate information on the possibilities offered by the RI workprogramme to the scientific community, the RI operators/managers, provide the relevant services of the EC (DG R&I and DG CNECT) with a structured feedback from the NCP and the RI stakeholders on the work programme and other related issues (timeliness and usefulness of information provided, problems with the implementation of the Programme, issues found with co-funding with Structural funds etc.).
Main Results
The visual identity of the project has been created and is now broadly used on the promotional material, also RICH has been invited and present to the most relevant events in the RIs context.
As a meaningful tool to give evidence of the link with the RIs 2 videos (out of 4) have been produced."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

RICH is contributing to the expected impacts listed in the DoA as they are mostly still relevant, the actual and proper assessment could be done at a later stage.
1.
Expected impacts (48 months): An improved and professionalised NCP service across Europe thereby helping simplify access to Horizon 2020 calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the average quality of proposals submitted.
Level of achievement (0-5): 5
Related Tasks: Task 2.1 RICH Academy, Task 2.2 Exchange schemes: Tripling and visit to Research Infrastructures, Task 2.5 Virtual Help-Desk and FAQ

2.
Expected impacts (48 months): Appointed RIs NCPs have access to RICH activities
Level of achievement (0-5): 4.5
Related Task(s): Task 1.4 Associated beneficiaries

3.
Expected impacts (48 months): The assistance provided by the NCP is more complete, use of EU RIs is promoted, research community is aware of the benefit of using EU RIs
Level of achievement (0-5): NA
Related Tasks: Task 3.4 Infodays 2.0, Task 4.1 Web site and maintenance and exploitation of the Observatory, Task 4.3 Participation at major events and PR activities

4.
Expected impacts (48 months): H2020 NCP networks are informed about the opportunities offered by the RIs workprogramme (in particular about “thematic TAS”)
Level of achievement (0-5): 2.5
Related Tasks: Task 2.3 Connecting RICH to other NCP networks

5.
Expected impacts (48 months): Appointed RIs NCPs have first-hand information on the activities carried out by these initiatives and can provide a more complete service
Level of achievement (0-5): 3.5
Related Tasks: Task 2.4 Learning from European RI networks & Advisory Groups, Task 3.3 International cooperation

6.
Expected impacts (48 months): RIs NCP performance is in line with the clients’ needs and the EC receives concrete the feedbacks on the implementation of the programme and the RICH project.
Level of achievement (0-5): NA

7.
Expected impacts (48 months): Best practices are improved while bad practices are avoided. Inputs from EC, reviewers and RIs NCP are valued.
Level of achievement (0-5): 2.5
Related Tasks: Task 1.4 Associated beneficiaries, Task 4.4 Structured feedback to the EC

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Record Number: 192790 / Last updated on: 2016-12-14