Oproep tot voorstellen 2021-2022 ESFRI-FED-programma

ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. The mission of ESFRI is to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policymaking on research infrastructures in Europe, and to facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to the better use and development of research infrastructures, at EU and international level.

Research infrastructures as defined by ESFRI are facilities, resources and services that are used by the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. They include: major scientific equipment (or sets of instruments), knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives and scientific data, e-infrastructures, such as data and computing systems and communication networks and any other tools that are essential to achieve excellence in research and innovation.  Beyond research, these infrastructures provide public services and education.

The ESFRI-FED programme focuses on distributed and virtual ESFRI infrastructures. A distributed research infrastructure consists of a Central Hub and interlinked National Nodes, holding a unique specific name and legal status, and governance structure. Distributed infrastructures define and follow a joint investment strategy aimed at strengthening the research infrastructure through the Nodes and common/shared facilities. User-wise, each infrastructure has a common access policy, providing a single point of access for all users.

ESFRI-FED is first and foremost designed to support the participation of Belgian Federal Scientific Institutions (FSI) and federal departments in ESFRI distributed and virtual research infrastructures, through the funding of R&D projects based on scientific excellence and European anchorage.


Activity Deadline
Launch of the call 20/07/2021
Deadline expression of interest 09/08/2021
Deadline Full proposals 06/09/2021
Evaluation Mid 09/2021 > Beginning 11/2021
Start projects 12/2021

Results – Project selection

Projects engaged in 2021:

  • ICOS-BE: Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS)
  • Co-SHARE: Coordination of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe [Partially]
  • RBINS-EMBRC: The contribution of the RBINS to the European Marine Biology Resource Centre
  • SERVE: Strengthening the provision of core services and data to the European Plate Observing System
  • TREE4FLUX : Monitoring trees in intensive, large-scale and long-term inventory plots for scaling eddy covariance carbon dioxide fluxes in Congo basin forests

Projects engaged in 2022:

  • B3-ISO : High quality in BioBanking in Belgium: the road towards ISO 20387 accreditation
  • KBR Virtual Lab : e-infrastructure for facilitating access and research of KBR’s collections as data


  • Expressions of interest (EoI): 9 August 2021 - 14:00
  • Full proposals: 6 September 2021 - 14:00

Documents for promotors