Facilitating macro-regional scope and link up to socio-economic actors of Research Infrastructures in the Danube Region




Our project mission is to improve framework conditions for research infrastructure in the Danube region. Therefore, ResInfra@DR facilitates enhanced transnational cooperation and a macro-regional scope of the sustainable development of research infrastructures.
This newsletter comprises two open calls aimed towards achieving these objectives and invites you to give feedback on our communication activities and/or to become a ResInfra@DR expert reviewer. Please find further details on these calls for participation in the following sections!
Moreover, this newsletter takes a glance at recently published documents on research infrastructure also at a European level and provides more project news to keep you updated!
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How well are you informed? Make your Contribution to the ResInfra@DR Communication!


We like to learn more about your stakeholder experience with our communication and dissemination activities: How well do you feel informed about the ResInfra@DR project? Do you know the ResInfra@DR digital media channels? Please take five to ten minutes for our online survey and help us to optimize the Resinfra@DR communication activities!

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The ResInfra@DR invites qualified evaluators to get included in a registry of research infrastructure (RI) reviewers. Reviewers in the registry must have the knowledge, experience and ability to conduct ex-ante assessments of upcoming RI instruments and/or planned RIs in the Danube macro-region countries. Deadline for the submission of applications is 15 July 2018, 17:00 CET.
The registry will be primarily used by ministries, financing authorities, agencies in charge of RIs, and research organisations planning RI investments. The users from the Danube region countries will be informed in special information sessions once the registry is established!The registration as evaluator is open to experts from countries inside and outside the Danube macro-region. Registered applicants with the relevant experience will be invited to the full registry.

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ResInfra@DR capacity building trainings for research infrastructure experts in Banja Luka and Bucharest


Following the successful completion of the first training in Sofia, in February 2018 (read a review) two more trainings will be organised addressing policy-makers from research infrastructure programmes, owning and funding authorities, active research infrastructure operators and coordinators, and research infrastructure reviewers. The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Srpska (BiH) hosted the second training in Banja Luka between April 24 and 27. Just a month later the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania, will host the next training between May 22 and 25.

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+++ Second research infrastructure experts training in Banja Luka from 24 to 27 April 2018 +++ Find further impressions on the ResInfra@DR social media channels Facebook and Twitter +++




ResInfra@DR presented at RI flagship conference in Sofia in March

ResInfra@DR - 4th Dialogue Workshop in Zagreb in March
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ResInfra@DR video: The Pilot Actions Kick-off Meeting in Prague in December 2017
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Towards establishing a European Action Plan for ensuring the sustainability of research infrastructures: Call for Action Report
The European Commission has recently published the ‘Call For Action Report’, which aims to set the basis for a discussion with Member States and stakeholders on the measures to be taken at all levels in Europe to address RI sustainability in medium and long-term. This action plan will trigger and structure the debate with RI funders, users and operators, in order to arrive at a sound basis to work for a sustainable European RI and will consequently contribute to the discussions of the next framework programmes and future ESI Funds.
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Factsheets on 22 EU Member States and 5 associated countries published by InRoad project
The compendium offers information on RI roadmaps in Europe including roadmapping procedures, funding, evaluation and monitoring as well as national embedment of European Member States and associated countries.
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Call for Action Report – Developing a European 'big science market' for advanced research infrastructures and industry
The Big Science Business Forum (BSBF) 2018 has brought together 'big science' organizations such as CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ESS, European XFEL, F4E and ILL, with industrial companies for co-creating a 'big science market' worth EUR 12 billion. During the two-day forum, the big science organizations presented their offers and investment plans to potential new business partners. In the context of establishing a European Action Plan for ensuring the sustainability of research Infrastructures, participants have also been presented the key recommendations from the European Commission's recently published Call For Action Report.
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Webinar series by RItrain: Learn from leading RI personnel!
RItrain, the Research Infrastructure Training Programme, is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project and aimes at improving and professionalizing the training of managerial and leadership staff in research infrastructures (RIs).
Follow the webinar series... New Horizon 2020 project on socio-economic impact of research infrastructures started!
The long-term benefits of research infrastructures (RIs) to society at large are unquestionable.The aim of the RI-PATHS project is to develop a model describing the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures and their related financial investments.

Bringing European Research Infrastructures together - learn more about the ERIC forum!
ERIC stands for European Research Infrastructure Consortium and is one of the 5 European legal instruments especially set up by the European Union in 2009 to provide a legal framework for (multisite) European research infrastructures.
Follow the development of the 2017 established #ERICFORUM on Twitter or on

European research infrastructures call for smoother interplay between funding sources
Stakeholders are urging the European Commission to improve regulations and funding mechanisms for research infrastructures. It is not enough to fund their construction, operating costs must be covered to ensure long term viability.
Research infrastructures each need coordinated funding plans in order to guarantee their long-term sustainability and enable them to deliver the expected economic impact, according to stakeholders meeting last month to assess the state of play and future prospects for 962 EU-backed projects spread across Europe.[...]
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