European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)



The main scope of ESFRI is to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making on Research Infrastructures in Europe and to facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to the better use and development of RIs. ESFRI acts as an informal body on issues raised by one or more country delegations. It gives national authorities the opportunity to be informed of and to explore initiatives concerning the building or upgrading of RIs of European significance. ESFRI acts therefore as an incubator for pan-European RIs.




In 2004, the Competitiveness Council mandated ESFRI to develop a strategic roadmap for research infrastructures in Europe. The first roadmap was released in 2006 and included 35 new RIs or major upgrade of existing ones to be developed by 2020. Actually, after two updates in 2008 and 2010, the roadmap identifies 48 research infrastructures. From these 48, 10 projects are in the implementation phase and 16 might start the implementation phase at the end of 2012.
The ESFRI roadmap was a direct incentive to the development of national roadmaps: by now 28 European countries are concerned. The whole process is helping to prioritise the existing and new Research Infrastructures and to pool resources at European level.




ESFRI’s delegates are nominated by the Research Ministers of the Member and Associate Countries, and include a representative of the Commission. The list of members is available on the ESFRI website


ESFRI website