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Research Infrastructures Training Programme

Topic: H2020 INFRASUPP-3

Type of Action: RIA

Duration: 48 months

Start Date: 1 September 2015

Grant Agreement Nr: 654156


Coordinator: Markus Pasterk

Total requested Grant by Consortium: €1,995,634

Total requested Grant by BBMRI-ERIC: €514,423.20

Linked Third Parties/BBMRI-ERIC Framework Agreement: none

Benefit/tasks for BBMRI-ERIC: Coordinated by BBMRI-ERIC. Definition of required competences in distributed RIs throughout the lifecycle of an RI, from the initiation Preparatory Phase through to operational maturity.



The overarching goal of RItrain is to identify the competency requirements for the leadership of European research infrastructures (RI) and design a training programme to fulfil these requirements. Our highest priority is those professionals who are already working in research infrastructures, including directors, coordinators, senior project managers, legal representatives, heads of Finance and HR, and heads of communication. However, by designing a flexible, modular programme, we will also be able to provide a new qualification aimed at future leaders of research infrastructure – the Master in Research Infrastructure leadership.

Another important consideration is that many RIs, including the new European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), have a distributed operations structure, building on existing RIs or networks of RIs. These RIs therefore require a different set of unique competences to deal with issues such as multinational operations, transnational access and data flow; different social security systems, different administrative cultures, different legal systems etc. They face those challenges that the European Commission (EC) has identified as roadblocks for the establishment of the European Research Area: (i) increased effectiveness of national research systems, (ii) improved trans-national cooperation and competition including establishing and effectively operating key research infrastructures, (iii) a more open labour market for researchers, (iv) gender equality and mainstreaming in organisations carrying out and selecting research projects and (v) optimal circulation and transfer of scientific information, including via digital means and broader and more rapid access to scientific publications and data.

List of Participants

Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure –European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC), European Molecular Biology Laboratory – European BioinformatiCommon Service Institute (EMBL-EBI), Medical University of Vienna (MUW), Infrafrontier GmbH, EATRIS-ERIC, ECRIN-ERIC, University of Minho (UMinho) on behalf of MIRRI, Institute of Molecular Genetics Service of the ASCR, v. v. i. on behalf of Euro-BioImaging (IMG), Imperial College London on behalf of ISBE (IMPERIAL), University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) on behalf of DARIAH, SHARE-ERIC

The website was co-funded within ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 676550.
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