In order to reflect the key importance of research infrastructures for the development of the European Research Area research infrastructures have been included as a part of the EU Framework Programmes for Research, Development and Innovation. The support for pan-European research infrastructures is an integral part of the Excellent Science Pillar of Horizon 2020 as well with the budget allocation, which reaches the level of 2.5 billion EUR. Within the Horizon 2020 calls the European Commission supports the preparatory, implementation, and operational phases of new research infrastructure projects that were identified by the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), activities aimed at optimizing the use of research infrastructures and development of pan-European e-infrastructures.
The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for Research Infrastructures for the years 2018-2020 will focus, in particular, on supporting the European Cloud Initiative to integrate and consolidate e-infrastructure platforms, link ESFRI infrastructures more closely to the European Open Science Cloud and implement the European Data Infrastructure concept. The Work Programme with the budget of 1.2 billion EUR will be published in October 2017 on Horizon 2020 Participant Portal webpages.
National Contact Point of the Czech Republic
Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic provides comprehensive expert consultancy for joining the Horizon 2020 projects.
The National Contact Point of the Czech Republic for Research Infrastructures in Horizon 2020 has been appointed Mrs.Dominika Zsapková Haringová
Services of the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation in Brussels (CZELO) and RICH project are available as well for the research infrastructures agenda.