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Information day on research infrastructures – 18th June

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The UK are running an Event  on 18th June in London, to promote European Commission funding opportunities via the Research Infrastructure Programme.

Research Infrastructures are defined by the programme as follows:

“Research infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. Where relevant, they may be used beyond research, e.g. for education or public services. They include: major scientific equipment (or sets of instruments); knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives or scientific data; e-infrastructures, such as data and computing systems and communication networks; and any other infrastructure of a unique nature essential to achieve excellence in research and innovation. Such infrastructures may be ‘single-sited’, ‘virtual’ or distributed’. “

The Programme aims to support infrastructures across all disciplines and there are opportunities for Arts and Humanities Researchers in the work programme (see below).  The event has a specific session on Social Sciences and Humanities.

The event is being run by the National Contact Point (NCP) for Research Infrastructures, for those that are interested but can’t attend the NCP provide on-going support and you can contact them directly.

Further information on the event and the full work programme can be found on the Horizon 2020 website.


Social Sciences and Humanities – Starting Communities

Generations and gender: a cross-national longitudinal data infrastructure for research on social cohesion and social inclusion and for the study of inter-generational relations in an ageing society. This activity aims at coordinating and integrating national research infrastructures built on longitudinal survey data by implementing common collection procedures and standards, harmonising micro- and macro-level information, and stimulating optimal use of these sources by researchers in demography, sociology, economics and other social sciences.

Research infrastructures for studying the role of intangible investment for economic growth and for the study of cultural, historical and institutional innovation processes. This activity aims at bringing together research infrastructures in order to sustain and further develop the empirical analytical framework that includes intangible capital in sources-of-economic-growth analysis. It also aims at bringing together research infrastructures for the study of cultural, historical, and institutional innovation processes.

Social Sciences and Humanities – Advanced Communities

Contemporary European history: European Holocaust research infrastructure. This activity aims at building upon existing research infrastructures and expanding them to include new material and new techniques in order to open distributed access of researchers to scattered material.

European research infrastructures for restoration and conservation of cultural heritage. This activity aims at bringing together facilities, located in research centres, universities and important culture institutions of different countries, for advanced diagnostics as well as the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage overcoming fragmentation, rationalising resources and advancing the international role of European cultural heritage research.

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