What is ESFRI?
ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures was 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. The competitive and open access to high quality Research Infrastructures supports and benchmarks the quality of the activities of European scientists, and attracts the best researchers from around the world.
The mission of ESFRI is to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy-making 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.
The ESFRI Roadmap identifies new Research Infrastructures (RI) of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas, regardless of possible location. In 2015, LTER-Europe and the European Critical Zone Observatories community submitted a proposal to ESFRI to establish the eLTER research infrastructure as a recognized ESFRI RI.The title of the proposal is "Integrated European Long-term ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological system research infrastructure".
Schematic landscape of biodiversity and ecosystem research infrastructures in Europe (www.esfri.eu/roadmap-2016)