Call for proposals for supporting to innovation, human resources, policy and international cooperation H2020-INFRASUPP-2014-2 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-1-2014: Innovation support measures. Research infrastructures, as providers of advanced services and as procurers of leading-edge technologies, have an innovation potential that has not always been sufficiently exploited in the past. There is a clear innovation potential associated with procurement from industry during the construction of a new research infrastructure. However, enterprises (including SMEs) may not realise that they have the opportunity to benefit from this potential simply due to a lack of awareness. On the other hand, industry may find entry barriers to this sector. Moreover, users from industry typically constitute a very small fraction of a research infrastructure's users, again because they may not be aware of the availability of research infrastructures or of an infrastructure's potential relevance to their own R&D activities. There is therefore a need to stimulate innovation both from within the research infrastructures themselves and in their supplier industry.
  • INFRASUPP-3-2014: Strengthening the human capital of research infrastructures. The complexity of research infrastructures and the exploitation of their full potential require adequate skills for their managers, engineers and technicians, as well as users. Research infrastructures are built and operated at the cutting edge of what is technologically feasible, involving a high associated risk that needs to be managed. They may involve a multitude of partners in a consortium that fund and perform their construction and operation, either because they are distributed research infrastructures, or because certain problems are of a scale that can only be tackled by means of European and international cooperation. This renders their governance and the associated financial and legal issues a complex problem. Comparable issues are not usually faced by research institutions that do not operate research infrastructures, or in fields that do not yet have a long tradition of using research infrastructures. The skills and expertise specifically needed to construct, operate and use research infrastructures successfully therefore are not widely available.
  • INFRASUPP-5-2014: Policy measures for research infrastructures. In the context of the recent communication for a reinforced ERA partnership for excellence and growth and the commitments of the Innovation Union flagship initiative, the focus of this action is related to the effective investment and use of research infrastructures.
  • INFRASUPP-6-2014: International cooperation for research infrastructures. Following the recent communication of the Commission on International Cooperation in Research and Innovation, the research infrastructures activity will focus on a number of key third countries seen as strategic for the development, exploitation and management of world-class research infrastructures. The G8+O5 countries plus Australia, singularly or in their entirety, for the purposes of the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on Global Research Infrastructures, are also included, without excluding the possibility of cooperation with other interested third countries or regional bodies.
  • INFRASUPP-7-2014: e-Infrastructure policy development and international cooperation. To optimise e-infrastructures investments in Europe it is essential to coordinate European, national and/or regional policies and programmes for e-infrastructures, in order to develop complementarities, and promote cooperation between e-infrastructures and activities implementing other EU policies (such as regional, cohesion, industrial, health, employment, or development policy). To promote sound policy development it is essential to ensure stakeholder consultation, monitor take-up and assess the impact of past actions. To promote innovation it is necessary to identify it and spin it out from projects. The cooperation of European e-infrastructures with their non-European counterparts also requires facilitation, to ensure their global interoperability and reach.

European community funding

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

  • 20,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 02 September 2014 - 7 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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