eLTER ESFRI initiative
ESFRI is the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, formed in 2002 at the behest of the European Council. ESFRI is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach, through the coordinated development of major research infrastructures. eLTER is aiming to be recognized as an ESFRI Research Infrastructure. To do so, we must have the support of national governments and to submit a successful proposal, placing us on the ESFRI roadmap. After that we can build the eLTER ESFRI.
Advance_eLTER project: Advancing eLTER towards ESFRI
Following our first ESFRI proposal, eLTER has been designated an 'emerging ESFRI'. In order to prepare for a second submission to ESFRI, we have been awarded 12 months EU H2020 funding for a project called Advance_eLTER. This aims to address issues identified in our first ESFRI submission, enabling us to start building the key components needed for a full ESFRI infrastructure and submit a second ESFRI proposal in 2017. Advance_eLTER is began formally on 01 January 2017.