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RAMIRI — Result In Brief

Project ID: 226446

Stronger EU research infrastructures

A drive to improve the establishment and management of research infrastructures (RIs) in the EU, particularly in smaller EU states, will help boost research and development.
Stronger EU research infrastructures

Europe's RIs are pivotal for advancing scientific innovation, facilitating the work of EU researchers and making the continent more competitive. However, establishing and managing these formidable infrastructures is no easy task, requiring specific know-how and training. The EU-funded project 'Realising and managing international research infrastructures' (RAMIRI) worked on preparing a training and networking environment for launching and operating RIs.

To achieve its aims, the project consortium of five European partners held three conferences on the topic in Germany, France and the United Kingdom, in addition to conducting site visits to three RIs. It analysed expert papers from the conferences and interviewed stakeholders to articulate best practices in the field.

The aims of the project included sharing experiences and learning among people that work in or establish key RIs, as well as tackling common challenges faced by the various infrastructures. It sought to reconcile 'traditional' single-site RIs (often specialising in physical sciences) with newer multi-site facilities associated with, among others, biotechnology, communication technology and social sciences.

An important specific project objective involved equipping middle managers with the tools to establish or manage a new or existing RI, with a focus on smaller EU Member States. This would give smaller European countries the skills and networks to engage fully with RIs and integrate more readily into the European Research Area (ERA).

The project successfully paved the way for RAMIRI II, which was slated to organise more events and disseminate the project's findings, particularly through the project website. It advanced education and training related to operating and managing RIs, harmonising the operations of these infrastructures. Research, innovation and competitiveness in the EU will emerge as the winners in this ongoing drive.

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