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Astronomy ESFRI and Research Infrastructure Cluster

Objective

ASTERICS (Astronomy ESFRI & Research Infrastructure Cluster) aims to address the cross-cutting synergies and common challenges shared by the various Astronomy ESFRI facilities (SKA, CTA, KM3Net & E-ELT). It brings together for the first time, the astronomy, astrophysics and particle astrophysics communities, in addition to other related research infrastructures. The major objectives of ASTERICS are to support and accelerate the implementation of the ESFRI telescopes, to enhance their performance beyond the current state-of-the-art, and to see them interoperate as an integrated, multi-wavelength and multi-messenger facility. An important focal point is the management, processing and scientific exploitation of the huge datasets the ESFRI facilities will generate. ASTERICS will seek solutions to these problems outside of the traditional channels by directly engaging and collaborating with industry and specialised SMEs. The various ESFRI pathfinders and precursors will present the perfect proving ground for new methodologies and prototype systems. In addition, ASTERICS will enable astronomers from across the member states to have broad access to the reduced data products of the ESFRI telescopes via a seamless interface to the Virtual Observatory framework. This will massively increase the scientific impact of the telescopes, and greatly encourage use (and re-use) of the data in new and novel ways, typically not foreseen in the original proposals. By demonstrating cross-facility synchronicity, and by harmonising various policy aspects, ASTERICS will realise a distributed and interoperable approach that ushers in a new multi-messenger era for astronomy. Through an active dissemination programme, including direct engagement with all relevant stakeholders, and via the development of citizen scientist mass participation experiments, ASTERICS has the ambition to be a flagship for the scientific, industrial and societal impact ESFRI projects can deliver.

Coordinator

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Address

Winthontlaan 2
3526 Kv Utrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 3 026 605

STICHTING ASTRON, NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY

Address

Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
7991pd Dwingeloo

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

Participants (26)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 3 936 450

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 437 465

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 978 750

JOINT INSTITUTE FOR VERY LONG BASELINE INTERFEROMETRY AS A EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM (JIV-ERIC)

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 801 275

JOINT INSTITUTE FOR V.L.B.I. IN EUROPE (J.I.V.E.)

Netherlands

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 647 500

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 629 000

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 629 000

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 322 636,50

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 326 250

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 147 777,76

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 251 250

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 172 790

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 191 100

INSTITUT D'ESTUDIS ESPACIALS DE CATALUNYA FUNDACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 167 012,50

INSTITUTO DE FISICA DE ALTAS ENERGIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 168 500

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 167 500

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 251 250

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 117 372,50

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

STIFTUNG DEUTSCHES ELEKTRONEN-SYNCHROTRON DESY

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 149 950

SURFnet bv

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 46 412,50

GTD SISTEMAS DE INFORMACION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 148 400

OPNT BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 122 072,24

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FÜR SONNENPHYSIK (KIS)

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 104 875

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 653477

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 991 194

  • EU contribution

    € 14 991 194

Coordinated by:

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Netherlands