The EU-CELAC ResInfra project kick-off meeting is taking place in Madrid 30-31 January 2020.
EU-CELAC ResInfra will identify a number of CELAC Research Infrastructures (RIs) that may be considered eligible for the construction of a bi-regional collaboration. This will be carried out through the definition of minimal key requirements these RIs would need to develop in the coming years.
To this aim, the Project will build on the prioritisation results of the EU-CELAC Senior Official Meeting on Science and Technology (SOM) Research Infrastructure (RI) Working Group (WG) and, more specifically, will take as a reference the mapping exercises developed in previous EU funded projects.
In addition, EU-CELAC ResInfra will develop a map of National and Regional Research Infrastructure policies, and their corresponding strategies and plans, included funding mechanisms that might be used to support the construction and operation of future EU-CELAC RIs.
Finally, EU-CELAC ResInfra will use all the results and information obtained for drafting a Sustainability Plan, which will be presented to the EU-CELAC RI WG for discussion and endorsement. The Plan will include specific actions to support the bi-regional collaboration in a mid-term perspective. The objective is to design specific variable geometry instruments for co-funding RIs of common interest, and to design measures that pursue the strengthening of the bi-regional RI cooperation, seeking to maximise the impact of the RI collaboration in the construction of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area.
In parallel, the Project aims to show the feasibility of the EU-CELAC RI collaboration through existing examples thanks to the development of four pilots in different scientific domains that are linked to some existing Research Infrastructures: INSTRUCT-ERIC, LIFEWATCH-ERIC, E-RIHS and RICAP.