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Policy and international cooperation measures for research infrastructures


Proposals will address only one of the following areas:

  1. Develop a model describing the socio-economic impact of Research Infrastructures and of their related financial investments. The model should be adaptable to a broad range of scientific domains and types of infrastructures. It should contribute to a common approach at international level and facilitate investments in Research Infrastructures by funding agencies and other stakeholders. Proposals will take stock of the different existing models for research infrastructures and integrate, as appropriate, their findings in one single model. The activity should take into account the work of the Research Infrastructure Socio-Economic Impact Working group, being established by the OECD Global Science Forum, and involve major key international players in this domain.
  2. European support to the Research Data Alliance, RDA: Proposals are expected to support the development of global interoperable research data infrastructures that

    In the context of the communication for a reinforced ERA partnership for excellence and growth[[COM (2012) 392 final]], the focus of the policy support measures is related to the effective investment and use of research infrastructures. Following the communication of the Commission on International Cooperation in Research and Innovation (COM(2012)497), international cooperation for research infrastructures is needed with a number of key third countries/regions seen as strategic for the development, exploitation and management of world-class research infrastructures necessary to address research challenges with a global dimension.

    This activity will help to:

    • Develop cooperation with key international partners for research infrastructures;
    • Enhance the role of the Union in international organisations and multilateral fora.

    For the first area (model for socio-economic impact) further expected impact of the action is the enhancement of partnerships between policy makers, funding bodies, academia and industry and the promotion of the development of appropriate tools in support of decision making.

    For the second area (European support to RDA) further expected impact of the action is the following: Europe will be in a leading position in enabling the use of the world's store of research data in multi-disciplinary, data intensive global scientific collaborations. It will help the development and adoption of relevant international open standards based on the best practices of a large spectrum of research communities. It will engage research communities at early stages of standards developme