Call for proposals for supporting to innovation, human resources, policy and international cooperation H2020-INFRASUPP-2015-1 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.
The “Excellent science” priority aims to reinforce and extend the excellence of the Union's science base and to consolidate the ERA in order to make the Union's research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale. It consists of four specific objectives, and this call for proposal is focused on:

"Research infrastructures" develops and support excellent European research infrastructures and assist them to contribute to the ERA by fostering their innovation potential, attracting world-level researchers and training human capital, and complement this with the related Union policy and international cooperation.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • INFRASUPP-2-2015: Innovative procurement pilot action in the field of scientific instrumentation. Europe has not always exploited the strong innovation potential that research infrastructures have towards their supplier industry. Acting as early adopters of advanced technologies research infrastructures can trigger innovation in companies supplying high-tech components (e.g. new stronger magnets or lasers). The aim of this action is to foster the innovation capacity of research infrastructures by stimulating R&D partnership with industry so as to develop the EU capacities and industrial supply in high‑tech areas such as scientific instrumentation. The activity will support pilot actions in the field of scientific instrumentation exploiting the innovation potential of research infrastructures using Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and/or Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) schemes.
  • INFRASUPP-4-2015: New professions and skills for e-infrastructures. The changing methods of (digital) science and research require that researchers, professors and students receive adequate support in computing and networking, as well as in handling, analysing and storing large amounts of digital content. Formal education for emerging professions of e-infrastructure operators, research technologists (including those possessing computational skills, e.g. in parallel programming), data scientists or "data librarians" hardly exists today. Professional recognition of these communities and the development of appropriate curricula, training and skills are crucial to ensure effective services to institution staff and students. Training opportunities should be available at all levels and for all communities potentially engaged in research and innovation related activities. Proposals should address one or more of the following areas:

(1) Defining or updating university curricula for the e-infrastructure competences mentioned above, and promoting their adoption.
(2) Developing and executing training programmes (including for lifelong learning) for the above mentioned professionals working as part of a team of researchers or supporting research teams.
(3) Support the establishment of these professions as distinct professions from that of a researcher. Create a reference model which defines their competencies, supported by case studies and best practices relating to e-infrastructures skills, human resources management, support tools and related institutional practices. Develop alternatives means for recognising non-research contributions by research technologists and data scientists.
(4) Support networking and information sharing among already practicing e-infrastructure experts, research technologists, computation experts, data scientists and data librarians working in research institutes and in higher education.
(5) Awareness raising activities; establish and promote e-infrastructures community champions to advocate on new jobs and skills needs at schools, universities and scientific communities.

European community funding

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

  • 16,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 14 January 2015 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Support to innovation, human resources, policy and international cooperation (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 Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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