The ERIC Forum Implementation Project is a Horizon 2020 project which brings together 20 established European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERICs) and 3 ERICs in preparation to strengthen their coordination and enhance their collaborations. The strategic approach of the ERIC Forum will contribute to address critical challenges and develop best practices.

The ERIC Forum’s aim is to advance operations of organisations with the status of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) and to strategically contribute to the development of ERIC-related policies.

This project involves all existing organisations with the status of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) and consortia. 
The aims of the project are to:

  • Strengthen coordination and networking, reinforcing the informal ERIC network or its successor framework;
  • Support the organisation of specific meetings, targeted thematic workshops focussing on shared challenges such as the development of internal procurement rules, harmonised reporting, VAT exemption practices, insurances and pensions policies and training of governance bodies representatives;
  • Support ERICs in preparation, based on best practices;
  • Support common communication and outreach activities, and strengthen external representation of ERICs as a stakeholder in consultations and other policy actions that could affect them.

Project dates: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022
EMBRC role: participation in the development of sustainability plans as well as providing insight into the process and nuances of becoming an ERIC. EMBRC will also benefit from having resources to continue being an ERIC.
Funding: €1,495,281.25 (Horizon 2020, under grant agreement number 823798)
Learn more on CORDIS (European Commission website)

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