Horizon 2020 includes a dedicated programme for research infrastructures within the Excellent Science part.
Research infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by the research community to conduct research and foster innovation. They include scientific equipment, collections, archives, scientific data, and e-infrastructures.
The aim is to develop new world-class research infrastructures to integrate and open up national and regional RIs that are of pan-European interest.
Research infrastructures supported by ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, will be planned during their preparatory and pre-implementation phases.
The programme also foresees the creation of clusters of European research infrastructures and other world-class research infrastructures (OWCRI).
3,23% of the Horizon 2020 budget is allocated to this part, or EUR 2,5 billion. Five calls with a total of 15 topics are foreseen under the 2016-2017 work programme: