Call for proposals - Infrastructures FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012-1 Closed!


The overall objective of the Research Infrastructures part of the 'Capacities' specific programme is to optimise the use and development of the best research infrastructures existing in Europe, and to help to create in all fields of science and technology new research infrastructures of pan-European interest needed by the European scientific community to remain at the forefront of the advancement of research, and able to help industry to strengthen its base of knowledge and its technological know how.


1.1 Support to existing research infrastructures

1.1.1 Integrating Activities

Social Sciences and Humanities

  • INFRA-2012-1.1.1. Research infrastructures for the study of poverty, working life and living conditions
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.2. Research infrastructures for the assessment of science, technology and innovation policy
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.3. Research infrastructures for archaeological datasets and related technologies
  • Life Sciences
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.4. Mouse archives and centres for phenotyping mouse models
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.5. Facilities for translational research in medicine
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.6. Biological Resources Centres for micro-organisms
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.7. Experimental facilities for animal disease infectiology
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.8. Stem cell banks
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.9. Large-scale prospective cohort studies
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.10. Plant Genetic Resources Centres

Environmental Sciences and Earth Sciences

  • INFRA-2012-1.1.11. Fixed point open ocean observatories
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.12. Research Vessels
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.13. Research Aircrafts
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.14. Atmospheric simulation chambers
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.15. Research Infrastructures for Climate Earth System modelling
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.16. Natural History Collections

Energy, Engineering, Material Sciences, Analytical Facilities

  • INFRA-2012-1.1.17. Research Infrastructures for Solar Energy: Concentrating solar power
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.18. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) facilities for energy research
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.19. Research Infrastructures for Distributed energy resources – smart electricity grids
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.20. Infrastructures for studying turbulence phenomena and applications
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.21. Research infrastructures for integration of processing, analysis and characterisation of nano-scale materials and structures
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.22. Imaging, Diffraction and Spectroscopy using Electrons
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.23. Synchrotron radiation sources and Free Electron Lasers

Physics and Astronomy

  • INFRA-2012-1.1.24. Accelerator physics
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.25. Research Infrastructures for optical/IR astronomy
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.26. Research Infrastructures for High-Resolution Solar Physics
  • INFRA-2012-1.1.27. Research Infrastructures for space weather

1.2 Support to new research infrastructures

1.2.2 Construction of new infrastructures (or major upgrades) – preparatory phase

  • INFRA-2012-2.2.1. EU-SOLARIS - The European SOLAR Research Infrastructure for Concentrating Solar Power
  • INFRA-2012-2.2.2. Windscanner -The European WindScanner Facility
  • INFRA-2012-2.2.3. ECCSEL (European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure).
  • INFRA-2012-2.2.4. ISBE - Infrastructure for Systems Biology-Europe
  • INFRA-2012-2.2.5. MIRRI - Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure
  • INFRA-2012-2.2.6. ANAEE - Infrastructure for Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems

1.2.3 Construction of new infrastructures – implementation phase

  • INFRA-2012-2.3.1. Third implementation phase of the European High Performance Computing (HPC) service PRACE

1.3 Support to policy development and programme implementation

  • INFRA-2012-3.1: International cooperation with the USA on common data policies and standards relevant to global research infrastructures in the environment field
  • INFRA-2012-3.2: International cooperation with the USA on common e-infrastructure for scientific data
  • INFRA-2012-3.3: Coordination actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation, for e-Infrastructures

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 90,30 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 23 November 2011 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012-1 (Guidelines for applicants)
  • Work Programme 2012 - Capacities (Work programme)
  • Work Programme 2012 Research Infrastructures (Work programme)
  • Call for proposals - Infrastructures (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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