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1 1 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Synergy in using FP7 and SFs for the development of Research Infrastructures Warsaw, 13 February 2006 Hervé Pero, European Commission DG Research

2 2 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Definition of Research Infrastructures  "Facilities", "resources" and related "services" that are needed by the scientific community for the development of leading-edge research in the most efficient manner at EU level, as well as for knowledge transmission, knowledge exchanges and knowledge preservation;  covers major equipments, collections, archives and structured information, enabling ICT-based infrastructures, and any other entity of a unique nature used for research.

3 3 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Research Infrastructures (RIs) and “capacity building” Multiple impacts: (1) Knowledge generation: enabling to look beyond the frontiers of science with inter-disciplinary teams. (2) Industrial innovation: creating direct and indirect effects (supply of high-tech instruments, spin offs). (3) Societal impacts: contribution to knowledge society, incl. increased communication, secure data storage or data treatment capacities (cf. the WWW). (4) Independence and governance: securing European autonomy and knowledge base.

4 4 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES FP7 Objectives for RIs  Optimising the use and development of the best research infrastructures in Europe;  Helping to create in all fields of Science and Technology new research infrastructures of pan-European interest needed by the scientific community  to help EU society (including industry) to strengthen its base of knowledge and its technological know how.

5 5 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Structural Funds: Building on the Lisbon agenda 1)Making Europe and its regions a more attractive place to invest and work 2) Improving knowledge and innovation for growth increase and improve investment in RTD facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship promote the information society for all 3) More and better jobs … complementary scope with FP7 !

6 6 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Similar calendar of SF and FP7 ( ) Autumn 05: Preparing National Strategic Reference Frameworks and FP7 proposals 2006: Decision on Community budget 2nd half 2006: Negotiation of new programmes – decisions on strategies & investment priorities Jan 2007: Implementation begins

7 7 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Structural Funds and Research Infrastructures SF and FP7 are complementary at the  Political, scope and  calendar level, but cannot be substituted The challenge : pool and organize financial ressources from different origins

8 8 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Preparatory phase Construction Operations Upgrades and interconnections 20 to 50 years M€ Time Decision point Research Infrastructures life-cycle

9 9 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES M€ Preparatory Phase Time FP support National support 20 to 50 years Stakeholders Research Infrastructures life-cycle (2)

10 10 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Stakeholders Research Infrastructures life-cycle (3) Possible FP support National support, incl. Structural funds EIB M€ Construction Time 20 to 50 years

11 11 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES FP6 investment in RTD infrastructure = € Mio between SF investment in RTD+I infrastructure = € 2.5 billions between For , complementarity of SF and FP7 on RI of European significance : –Some MS + "convergence regions" may use SF for construction of new RIs resulting from ESFRI work –FP7 will support preparatory phase Structural Funds and Research Infrastructures

12 12 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Objectives of the ESFRI European Roadmap Identification of new research infrastructures or major upgrades which correspond to the needs of European research communities Tool for decision makers, preventing over- provision of facilities in particular areas Providing a focus for long term budgetary planning by funding actors ESFRI European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures

13 13 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Support through Specific RTD Programme(s) Inclusion in REGIO strategic plans Stakeholders incl. EIROs Member States European Commission Support through national Programmes Projects EIB Increased use of financial engineering to support new research infrastructures

14 14 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Goals of the Community Research Infrastructure Actions  Helping develop medium & long-term visions / action plans at EU level (Lisbon strategy)  Stimulating use and pooling of resources (not achievable at nat’l level) for ‘unique’ facilities  Sharing risks and complementing other sources (int’l, EU, nat’l, regio’l, etc.) to achieve impacts at EU level, based on excellence of research In brief, looking for catalysing, leveraging, additionality and managerial effects

15 15 RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES Last point and last question…   How to transcend the national interests and develop research infrastructures of truly pan- European / international interest?  Deployment of Structural Funds for large RI requires a coherent policy, strategy and planning at the level of the Member states, in line with the ESFRI work


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