19.04.2016

RICH, the network of National Contact Points for Research Infrastructures, in cooperation with the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Directorate-General, organises the Symposium on European Funding Instruments for the development of Research Infrastructures onTuesday 19 April 2016, in Madrid (Institute of Health Carlos III, Avenida Monforte de Lemos, 5. Pavilion 13,Ernest Lluch Auditorium). The live broadcast of the event is available here: http://www.rich2020.eu/symposium2016/live 

The design, buildup, operation and maintenance of new and existing European Research Infrastructures (RIs) has been established as essential for the completion of the European Research Area (ERA). Research Infrastructures (RIs), along with the human capital concentrated around them, are recognized as a prerequisite for excellence in science, an enabler for industrial application of scientific results and a way to address the weaknesses in science and innovation policy coordination and networking at the European and region level. Nevertheless, there is an imbalance when it comes to the understanding of the investment needed in these RIs and more concretely, to which financial instrument could be considered depending of the RIs developing phase and the specific expenses needs.

The ultimate goal of the "Symposium on European Funding Instruments for the development of Research Infrastructures" is to provide a comprehensive view of the financial possibilities that the European RIs can consider in order to fully exploit their research capacities and services.With this activity the RICH project aims to facilitate information on the different funding instruments available and their connection to the RIs ecosystem, in particular the use of Structural Funds as well as EFSI, InnovFin and its synergies with H2020 funding, offering this way a complete view of how RIs can be managed and funded at global, EU, national and regional level.

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