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ESFRI and the European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures Elena Righi European Commission OPTICON, Edinburgh, 22-23 June 2006. What is ESFRI?. European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Launched in April 2002

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ESFRI and the European Roadmap forResearch InfrastructuresElena RighiEuropean CommissionOPTICON, Edinburgh, 22-23 June 2006

What is ESFRI?

  • European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)

  • Launched in April 2002

  • Brings together representatives of the 25 EU Member States and 7 Associated States, appointed by Research Ministers, and one representative of the European Commission (EC)

ESFRI’s role and ambitions

  • To jointly reflect on the development of strategic policies for pan-European Research Infrastructures;

  • To prepare a European Roadmap (with regular updates as different areas mature);

  • To act as an incubator for RI projects with pan-European interest… but it is not a decision making body

Objectives of European Roadmap

  • Identification of new research infrastructures or major upgrades which correspond to the needs of European research communities

  • Tool for decision makers, preventing over-provision of facilities in particular areas

  • Providing a focus for long term budgetary planning by funding actors


proposals for pan-European


Filter by

national delegations

ESFRI request for a stage-gate process

Roadmap Working Groups

EIROs, Nuppec, ESF, e-IRG, national Roadmaps + other EU level roadmap, Global Projects, etc…

Possible analysis by Expert Groups

ESFRI Roadmap Procedure

(simplified version)

RWGs + Expert Groupsas appropriate

Summer 2005

Scientific Case


Concept mature?


Consultation process

First draft of Roadmap Autumn 2006

End Spring 2006



RWGs confirm their vision

Reviewed and agreed by ESFRI?

Introduction in the Roadmap

Report to ESFRI

ESFRI Roadmap Procedure (continued)

(simplified version)

The european roadmap for ri


ESO Council

The European Roadmap for RI







(British Delegates

H. Hutchinson, R. Wade)



Timetable pre esfri phase the story so far
Timetable (pre-ESFRI phase, the story so far)

Timetable esfri phase 1
Timetable (ESFRI phase 1)

Esfri validation phase
ESFRI validation phase

  • From early July to early September 2006,

  • the ESFRI delegates should ensure that a process of “political” validation at the level of their respective Member states is carried out

  • and in particular highlighting possible:

  • Projects supported and/or

  • Projects not really supported by any State

  • Missing projects to be (re)considered in the next phase

Timetable esfri phase 2
Timetable (ESFRI phase 2)

Useful links
Useful links

  • Research Infrastructures on CORDIS


  • ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Unfrastructures)