Future ESFRI activities and organisation

Key Messages

ESFRI, in line with its mandate defined by the Council of the European Union25 25. ESFRI was established in 2002 with the initial goal to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy making on Research Infrastructures in Europe and to facilitate multilateral initiatives, acting as an incubator for pan-European and global Research Infrastructures. This mandate was extended in 2004 to include the development of a Roadmap. As the ESFRI Research Infrastructures included in the first three Roadmaps (2006, 2008, and 2010) were becoming more mature, ESFRI was also asked to follow-up their implementation and the mandate has recently been enriched in the areas of data-driven RIs and EOSC as well as long-term sustainability. ESFRI has also played an active role in the implementation of the ERA Roadmap. See Conclusions of the Competitiveness Council of 2004, 2012, 2015 and 2018., is committed to developing its contribution to meet the twin priorities of strengthening Europe’s capacities to carry out cutting-edge science and of providing the conditions in which science can help to solve the major socioeconomic and environmental challenges facing the world. As the maturity of the European Landscape of Research Infrastructures is growing, it is vital for its further development to maximise the scientific, economic and societal impact, which may require some changes to the way ESFRI operates.

ESFRI and infrastructures at the ESFRI Roadmap have worked based on cross-fertilisation and dialogue, which should be reinforced in the next period, in alignment with the new ERA paradigm, by joint coordinated actions at national (including regional) and European levels. Further strengthening of these synergies will be needed to meet the new levels of ambition for European research and innovation.

ESFRI implements its mission through a comprehensive set of activities26 26. ESFRI Procedural Guidelines
fostering the development and sustainability of the entire Research Infrastructure ecosystem as a strategic goal.