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European Research Infrastructures

What are research infrastructures?

Research infrastructures lead and support excellent research activities in different scientific fields. Research infrastructures include facilities, resources and related services that are used by the scientific community to conduct top-level research in their respective fields and covers major scientific equipment or sets of instruments; knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives or structures for scientific information; enabling Information and Communications Technology-based infrastructures such as Grid, computing, software and communication, or any other entity of a unique nature essential to achieve excellence in research.

European research infrastructures have a crucial role in the production of knowledge and innovation which contributes to face environmental, societal, economic european and even global challenges.

What is ESFRI?

ESFRI is the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures which aims to guide, through a long-term strategic vision, the establishment of a sustainable and efficient ecosystem for the European research infrastructures, maximizing the impact of national and European investments. The latest revision of the ESFRI Roadmap was published in December 2021 and comprises 63 research infrastructures. More information is available on ESFRI page on FCT website and on ESFRI website.

What are the European research infrastructures in which Portugal participates?

Portugal is a member of several European research infrastructures already established as independent legal entities (Table 1); the national community also has collaborations with other projects and mature infrastructures, included in the ESFRI Roadmap (Table 2). These collaborations are generally established by the national research infrastructures present in our National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures, by national scientific networks or by single research institutions.

European research infrastructures have competitive access to funding through the European Commission Framework Programme calls (presently Horizon Europe). In Portugal, PERIN (Portugal in Europe Research and Innovation Network) promotes the participation of the national scientific community in all future Horizon Europe calls.

Portugal also participates in the EU-LAC Working Group on Research Infrastructures. This group aims at promoting colaborations between research infrastructures from the European Union and Latin America and Caribe. On this scope, FCT participates in the EU project ResInfra: Towards a new EU-LAC partnership in Research Infrastructures.


Representation in European research infrastrutures:
Andreia Feijão,
Daniel Carapau,
Joana Pinheiro,
Marta Abrantes,

ESFRI National Delegation:
Marta Abrantes,
Andreia Feijão,

National Delegation to the Horizon Europe Work Programme on Research Infrastructures:
Marta Abrantes,
Daniel Carapau,

National representation in the EU-LAC Working Group on Research Infrastructures:
Marta Abrantes,

Updated on August 2022