Research infrastructure concept development


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Research infrastructure concept development


This topic aims at supporting the development of new concepts for the next generation of research infrastructures of European interest, single/multi sited, distributed or virtual, that none or few countries might individually be able to afford. All fields of research can be considered.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals should address all following aspects:

  • demonstrate relevance in relation to ERA, including to the existing landscape, and the advancement with respect to the state-of-art of the new infrastructure;
  • highlight the research challenges the new research infrastructures will make possible to address, including at global level;
  • indicate the gaps in the research infrastructure landscape the new infrastructure will cover and the synergies with existing infrastructures at European and global level, including those co-financed from other EU instruments (e.g.: Cohesion policy);
  • indicate, when relevant, the potential impact of the new research infrastructure at regional level.

Proposals should also provide evidence that the project will effectively:

  • identify technologies and develop research infrastructure architecture (e.g. single site or distributed, …);
  • identify scientific user communities (and their related needs) that will benefit from access to RI services,
  • including scientific data and instrumentation, and develop the planning of research services to users;
  • identify governance options and strategic approaches for institutional/stakeholders’ commitment and engagement;
  • develop initial financial plans for the RI construction (or major upgrades) and operation as well as preliminary ideas for long-term sustainability, including synergies with other funds and programmes (e.g.: ERDF);
  • develop plans for an efficient data curation and preservation and for the provision of access to data collected or produced by the future infrastructure, in line with the FAIR principles.

Call Total Budget

€20,30 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


EU contribution per project: between €1,00 and €3,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation
29a Andrea Michalakopoulou, 1075 Nicosia
P.O.Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia
Phone Number: +357 22205000
Email Address:

Contact Persons:
Dr Charalambos Papatryfonos
Scientific Officer
Contact Phone: +357 22 205 016
Contact Email:

Dr Ioannis Theodorou
Scientific Officer
Contact Phone: +357 22 205 038
Contact Email:

(Publish Date: 14/01/2022-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation: