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The European Polar Research Icebreaker Consortium AURORA BOREALIS

Objective

The ERICON-AB project will generate the strategic, legal, financial and organisational frameworks required from National Governments and the European Commission to commit financial resources to the construction and running of the European Polar Research Icebreaker AURORA BOREALIS. Scientific management frameworks will be assessed including mechanisms to handle dedicated large-scale multi-year or special mission specific research programmes. The strategic integration of the facility into the fabric of the European Research Area shall be achieved by connecting the national research priorities and the demand of ship time of the stakeholder countries with a European level facility. The relevance of the facility in promoting science and technology cooperation with EU strategic partner countries such as the Russian Federation will be specifically analysed. Deliverables will focus on moving the project from the preparatory phase to the construction phase by addressing key barriers especially in relation to engineering financial models that allow the mixed participation of EU member states and Non-EU partner countries. Consortium partners and legal experts will develop the legal/political frameworks for joint ownership and operation of a multi-country research facility. A dedicated legal implementation structure for managing and operating the AURORA BOREALIS will be proposed and its connection with other existing research assets such as Polar Stations, air support and supporting satellite assets will be analysed. The final deliverables of this project will be concerned with reaching a decision point and agreement with nations ready to move forward with the construction phase. It is anticipated that a series of natural decision points for agencies/governments to pass on their individual degree of integration into the project will be programmed in to the ERICON - AB Stakeholder councils meetings.
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Coordinator

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE

Address

Quai Lezay Marnesia 1
67080 Strasbourg Cedex

France

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 2 153 672,88

Administrative Contact

David Weber (Mr.)

Participants (20)

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ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 936 290

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 163 496

Consorzio per l'attuazione del Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide Scrl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 128 485,76

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 107 856

ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 163 496

INSTITUT POLAIRE FRANCAIS PAUL-EMILE-VICTOR GIP

France

EU Contribution

€ 73 081

MERENTUTKIMUSLAITOS HAVSFORSKNINGSINSTITUTET

Finland

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 149 586

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 97 477

BUNDESMINISTERIUM FUER BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Germany

FEDERAAL FONDS VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK

Belgium

BULGARSKI ANTARKTICHESKI INSTITUT ASSOCIATION

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 85 386

FUNDATIA ANTARCTICA ROMANA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 85 386

AKER ARCTIC TECHNOLOGY OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 141 240

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 45 261

ILMATIETEEN LAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 30 000,02

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 30 000,02

Service Public Fédéral de Programmation Politique Scientifique (Belspo)

Belgium

INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 73 081

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 34 448,32

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211796

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2008

  • End date

    31 May 2012

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 319 407,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 498 243

Coordinated by:

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE

France