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Optical Infrared Co-ordination Network for Astronomy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312430

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 979 747,51

  • EU contribution

    € 8 500 000

Coordinated by:

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

Objective

Optical-infrared astronomy in Europe is in a state of transition and opportunity, with the goal of a viable structured European scale community in sight. A strong astronomical community requires access to state of the art infrastructures (telescopes), equipped with the best possible instrumentation, and with that access being open to all on a basis of competitive excellence. Further, the community needs training in optimal use of those facilities to be available to all, Critically, it needs a viable operational model, with long-term support from the national agencies, to operate those infrastructures. The most important need for most astronomers is to have open access to a viable set of medium aperture telescopes, with excellent facilities, complemented by superb instrumentation on the extant large telescopes, while working towards next generation instrumentation on the future flagship, the European Extremely Large Telescope. OPTICON has made a substantial contribution to preparing the realisation of that ambition. OPTICON supported R&D has, and is developing critical next-generation technology, to enhance future instrumentation on all telescopes. The big immediate challenge is to retain a viable set of well-equipped medium aperture telescopes. The present project is to make the proof of principle that such a situation is possible - a situation developed by OPTICON under its previous contracts, in collaboration with the EC supported strategy network ASTRONET - and set the stage for the step to full implementation.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Address

Trinity Lane The Old Schools
Cb2 1tn Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 573 325,25

Administrative Contact

Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)

Participants (25)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 2 091 391,08

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 680 900,40

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 587 989,56

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 058 702,09

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY - ESO EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Germany

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France

EU Contribution

€ 431 380

STICHTING ASTRON, NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 130 719,75

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 123 178,32

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY

Australia

EU Contribution

€ 531 106,80

NORDIC OPTICAL TELESCOPE SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 342 740,80

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 5 000

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 155 449,34

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 336 500

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 99 999,75

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 393 500

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 70 000,47

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR ASTROPHYSIK POTSDAM (AIP)

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 171 999,60

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 29 999,59

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 77 200

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 72 999,60

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 72 999,60

ALPAO

France

EU Contribution

€ 351 000

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA CSILLAGASZATI ES FOLDTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 81 918

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312430

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 979 747,51

  • EU contribution

    € 8 500 000

Coordinated by:

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom