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RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES

RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES 

1. What are Research Infrastructures? 

2. What are Large Research Infrastructures? 

3. How is the participation as “mono-beneficiary” structured under the topic INFRADEV – 1 – 2014? 

4. European Commission FAQ

 

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1. What are Research Infrastructures?

Research infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. Where relevant, they may be used beyond research, e.g. for education or public services. They include: major scientific equipment (or sets of instruments); knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives or scientific data; e-infrastructures, such as data and computing systems and communication networks; and any other infrastructure of a unique nature essential to achieve excellence in research and innovation. Such infrastructures may be 'single-sited', ‘virtual’ or 'distributed'. European research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) Work Programme: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/main/h2020-wp1415-infrastructures_en.pdf

 

 

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2. What are Large Research Infrastructures?

The concept of “Large Research Infrastructure” regards the eligibility of costs and does not refers to a general definition of what “Research Infrastructure” means. The EC refers to “Large Research Infrastructure” concept in the budget section, because it is a type of cost.  

Capitalised and operating costs of large research infrastructures are eligible, if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The RI fulfil the general conditions for actual costs to be eligible  (i.e. incurred during the action duration, necessary, linked to the action, etc.; see Article 6.1 (a))
  • The sum of historical asset values of each individual research infrastructure of the beneficiary, as they appear in its last closed balance sheet before the date of the signature of the GA or as determined on the basis of the rental and leasing costs of the research infrastructure, represents a total value of at least EUR 20 million for that beneficiary;
  • The value of large research infrastructures of the beneficiary represents at least 75% of the total fixed assets (at historical value in its last closed balance sheet before the date of the signature of the GA or as determined on the basis of the rental and leasing costs of the research infrastructure);
  • The beneficiary’s methodology for declaring the costs for large research infrastructure has been positively assessed by the Commission (‘ex-ante assessment);
  • The beneficiary declares as direct eligible costs only the portion which corresponds to the duration of the action and the rate of actual use for the purposes of the action.

For further information, please see the Multi-beneficiary Annotated General Grant Agreement: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/amga/h2020-amga_en.pdf

 

 

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3. How is the participation as “mono-beneficiary” structured under the topic INFRADEV – 1 – 2014?

The applicant can apply as mono-beneficiary when e.g. the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) is already an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium). If the applicants don’t have a legal form, they have to apply as a consortium. 

 

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