European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures

Working groups

As indicated in its procedural guidelines, ESFRI has set-up a number of ad-hoc working groups to analyse topical issues and report to the Forum. ESFRI may discuss activities and topics related, e.g. to the development of strategic policies, to the analysis of the socioeconomic returns of research infrastructures, or to new funding instruments or institutional arrangements for pan-European research infrastructures. In preparation for the update of the ESFRI roadmap, ESFRI has mandated the Strategy Working Groups (SWG) to carry out a Landscape Analysis during 2014 and to identify, generally from within the SWG, Roadmap Drafting Groups.

Working Groups

Strategy Working Groups


The group advises ESFRI on the managerial and financial maturity of all projects on the roadmap (every two to three years, five years after having entered and when leaving the roadmap). It organises (on request) closed meetings for projects in trouble and provides input for, and to complement, the concrete EU support projects under Horizon 2020



The Innovation working group was set-up with the aim: (i) to identify and promote the innovation and industrial capabilities of the RIs on the ESFRI roadmap and (ii) to strengthen the cooperation of pan-European RIs with industry (access of industrial users to RIs and industrial involvement in RIs).



The expanding use of e-infrastructures will rapidly change the landscape of science. Remote access to computing services, new instrumentation and virtual organisations in general, creates new opportunities for researchers to bring existing applications to higher levels of usability and performance. The major components of e-infrastructures are communication networks, distributed grids, high performance computing facilities and digital repositories. The e-infrastructure viewpoint is to consider them as a fully integrated system. ESFRI eInfrastructure Working Group is working closely with its sister organisation, the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (the e-IRG), to examine issues related to data management, quality and availability, enable scientific collaboration etc.  






The Energy SWG monitors and assesses the implementation of existing Energy Research Infrastructures (RIs) and highlights and improves the potential energy applications in multi-disciplinary RIs.




The Environment SWG follows up the scientific developments and initiatives in the field of the Environmental Sciences and formulates a strategy for Environmental RIs to support the objectives of the Innovation Union and ESFRI's Strategy report.



Health and Food 

The Health and Food SWG monitors and assesses the implementation of existing Health and Food RIs, disseminates and shares best practices of Health and Food RIs and highlights and improves the potential applications in multi-disciplinary RIs.



Social and Cultural Innovation

The Social and Cultural Innovation SWG proposes possible solutions (related to RIs) that are able to help tackle the Grand Challenges facing society, such as health or demographic change, or the “Inclusive, innovative and secure societies” challenge.



Physical Sciences and Engineering 

The Physical Sciences and Engineering SWG monitors and assesses the implementation of existing Physical Sciences RI, disseminates and shares best practices of Physical Sciences RI and