ESFRI Roadmap 2021 – new deadline for proposals

The deadline for new European research infrastructure proposals to apply for the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 has been extended to 9th September 2020, in response to the SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19 outbreak. The original call is being updated without any other modification. ESFRI has decided to extend the deadline for the presentation of new proposals for research infrastructure projects for the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 update to allow more time for the preparation of high quality applications – in the face of public health crisis caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain and Covid-19 disease outbreak, and resulting impacts on daily life of society and on ability of research organisations to effectively collaborate across countries.

We need to assure fair treatment of all research infrastructures in the proposal submission to the ESFRI Roadmap update 2021 even under the pandemic outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19 influencing our daily lives and working conditions”, said ESFRI Chair Jan Hrušák.

Nevertheless, the extension will not influence the plan to present the new ESFRI Roadmap in autumn 2021. An updated detailed timeline of the Roadmap 2021 milestones, as well as adjusted information regarding the relevant national procedures, are currently being prepared and will be published as soon as possible. At the same time, ESFRI is gathering information on special actions, services and resources that research infrastructures are developing to facilitate research and innovations needed to address the SARS-CoV-2 / Covid-19 outbreak and its long-term consequences. Information will be soon made available on the ESFRI website.

More information on ESFRI Roadmap 2021 can be obtained at and via the ESFRI national delegations. For further requests for information, please contact ESFRI at

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