This call focuses on developing new world-class research infrastructures. The aim is to facilitate and support the implementation and long-term sustainability of the research infrastructures identified by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) as well as of other world-class research infrastructures. These will help Europe respond to grand challenges in science, industry and society. In addition, the next generation of new research infrastructures can be identified through design studies. Support will be provided to:
- the conceptual and technical design of new research infrastructures, which are of a clear European dimension and interest, through a bottom-up approach (deadline and budget 2017);.
- the preparatory phases of ESFRI projects, through a targeted approach (deadline and budget 2016);.
- the individual support to ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures with established legal structure and governance such as an ERIC through a competitive approach (deadline 2016 and budget 2016-2017);.
- a pilot action addressing the federation, networking and coordination of pan-European research infrastructures and clouds for the purpose of increasing research and science data availability and use (deadline and budget 2016).
As indicated in the Model Grant Agreement (Article 6.2.D.4), the methodology for charging capitalised and operating costs of "large research infrastructures", defined in this same Article, is not applicable for grants awarded under this call.