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Research and innovation

Research Infrastructures

Policy, strategy, how to apply and work programmes.

Policy and strategy

Research infrastructures are facilities that provide resources and services for the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields.

These include

  • major equipment or sets of instruments
  • knowledge-related facilities such as collections,
  • archives or scientific data infrastructures
  • computing systems
  • communication networks

Horizon Europe will endow Europe with world-class sustainable research infrastructures which are open and accessible to the best researchers from Europe and beyond.

It will also encourage the use of existing research infrastructures, including those financed from funds under the EU's Cohesion Policy.

In so doing, enhancing the potential of the research infrastructures to support scientific advance and innovation, and to enable open and excellent science in accordance with the FAIR principles, alongside activities related to EU policies and international cooperation.

Research Infrastructures will also contribute to achieving the 4 key strategic orientations of the Horizon Europe strategic plan.

Areas of intervention

  • consolidating and developing the landscape of European research infrastructures
  • opening, integrating and interconnecting research infrastructures
  • reinforcing European research infrastructure policy and international cooperation
  • consolidating and developing the innovation potential of European research infrastructures and activities for innovation and training

Policy information

Research Infrastructures policy 

Access to European Research Infrastructures

Apply for funding

All funding information and details on how to apply are on the Funding and Tenders portal.

Work programme

Funding opportunities under Horizon Europe are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available.

2023 - 24

31 MARCH 2023
Horizon Europe Work programme (2023-24) - Infrastructures

2021 - 22

Research Infrastructures work programme


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Factsheet16 June 2021
Pillar I: Excellent science

The first pillar of Horizon Europe supports frontier research and breakthrough scientific ideas, teams up the best researchers from Europe and beyond and equips them with skills and word-class research infrastructures.