ESFRI Roadmap

Participation of Belgium in the ESFRI Roadmap

The Belgian Science Policy covers the Belgian annual contribution to the ESFRI research infrastructures.

To date, Belgium is a member of the following new ESFRI research infrastructures:

  • BBMRI-ERIC  (Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure)
  • CESSDA  (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives)
  • DARIAH ERIC  (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities)
  • ELIXIR  (A distributed infrastructure for life-science information)
  • EMBRC  (European Marine Biological Resource Centre)
  • EPOS  (European Plate Observing System)
  • ESS ERIC  (European Social Survey)
  • ICOS ERIC  (Integrated Carbon Observation System)
  • INSTRUCT  (Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure)
  • LIFEWATCH  (e-infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research)
  • PRACE  (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe)
  • SHARE ERIC  (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe)

Belgium is also an observer of the following research infrastructure:

Belgium participates in the following infrastructures in development:

  • ACTRIS  (Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases Research Infrastructure)
  • ANAEE  (Infrastructure for Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems)
  • DISSCO  (Distributed System of Scientific Collections)
  • EHRI  (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure)
  • eLTER  (Integrated European Long-term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological system Research Infrastructure)
  • EMPHASIS  (European Infrastructure for multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation for food security in a changing climate)
  • E-RIHS  (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science)
  • EU-IBISBA  (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation and Synthetic Biology Accelerator)
  • METROFOOD  (Infrastructure for Promoting Metrology in Food and Nutrition)
  • MIRRI (Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure)
  • MYRRHA  (Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications)
    MYRRHA is a project of research infrastructure included in the 2010 ESFRI Roadmap and coordinated by the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN). 
    The preparatory phase of MYRRHA is co-funded by the FPS Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed, and Energy.


The European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) was created in 2002 at the behest of the Council of the European Union. Its main mission is to support a coherent and strategy-led policy on research infrastructures in Europe and to facilitate multilateral initiatives, leading to a better use and development of research infrastructures at EU and international level.

ESFRI website

ESFRI Roadmap

The ESFRI Roadmap identifies the priority projects of Research Infrastructures of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of scientific communities.
The ESFRI Roadmap covers all scientific areas and includes either new research infrastructures or major upgrades of existing ones. The first ESFRI Roadmap was launched in 2006. Updates have been published in 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2018. The next publication is expected in 2021. 

ESFRI website


Laurent Ghys 
Federal, Interfederal and International Co-ordination