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European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), coordinated by the European Commission has the aim of developing the scientific integration of Europe and   strengthening its international outreach. In the marine domain the aim is for relevant organisations to work together to develop and streamline access and use of relevant infrastructure so as to maximise its contribution to furthering research and ultimately Blue Growth.  

European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC): an ERIC fits within the overall European Strategy and their main task is to establish and operate a research infrastructure on a non-economic basis. Two ERICs of particular interest in the marine domain are the European Contribution to the Global Ocean Observing Infrastructure (Euro-Argo) and the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS).

Landmark initiatives are those progressing towards ERIC status. In the marine area the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO) and eScience European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch) are two of relevance  

ESFRI Projects are at the beginning of the process and require further consolidation. Two projects of relevance  to the marine are the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) and the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS)



Within H2020, the European Union’s  framework programme for research and innovation   (2014-2020),  there is specific funding dedicated to development of Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures



The ESFRI Roadmap 2016 provides a comprehensive picture of the status of European Research Infrastructures and furthermore for a range of thematic areas, including those with a marine dimension,  identifies the resources, gaps and the potential evolution of each area in the medium term.

Mapping and preliminary analysis of marine research infrastructures and human capacity building [pdf], carried out by JPI-Oceans in 2014. 

An expert group on marine research infrastructures in 2013 reviewed Europe´s marine observation infrastructure and highlighted gaps and strategic issues of relevance [pdf]  .