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Integrating Activities for Starting Communities


A 'Starting Community' has never been supported for the integration of its infrastructures under FP7 or Horizon 2020 calls, in particular within an integrating activity.

An Integrating Activity will mobilise a comprehensive consortium of several key research infrastructures in a given field as well as other stakeholders (e.g. public authorities, technological partners, research institutions) from different Member States, Associated Countries and other third countries[[See the Eligibility and admissibility conditions for this call.]] when appropriate, in particular when they offer complementary or more advanced services than those available in Europe.

Funding will be provided to support, in particular, the trans-national and virtual access provided to European researchers (and to researchers from Third Countries under certain conditions[[See part D of the section “Specific features for Research Infrastructures”.]]), the cooperation between research infrastructures, scientific communities, in

European researchers need effective and convenient access to the best research infrastructures in order to conduct research for the advancement of knowledge and technology. The aim of this action is to bring together, integrate on European scale, and open up key national and regional research infrastructures to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development.

  • Researchers will have wider, simplified, and more efficient access to the best research infrastructures they require to conduct their research, irrespective of location. They benefit from an increased focus on user needs.
  • New or more advanced research infrastructure services, enabling leading-edge or multidisciplinary research, are made available to a wider user community.
  • Operators of related infrastructures develop synergies and complementary capabilities, leading to improved and harmonised services. , . Economies of scale and improved use of resources across Europe are also realised due to less duplication of services, common development and the optimisation of operations.
  • When applicable, innovation is fostered through a reinforced partnership of research infrastructures with industry.
  • A new generation of researchers is educated that is ready to optimally exploit all the essential tools for their research.
  • Closer interactions between larger number