On Thursday 31 January, 23 European Research Infrastructures, among them DARIAH ERIC, met in Amsterdam to launch the ERIC Forum project, co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project will run until December 2022.
The aim of the ERIC Forum Implementation project is to strengthen the coordination within the ERIC Forum, to have a common voice and enhance collaborations between the partners. The strategic approach of the ERIC Forum will contribute to address critical challenges and develop best practices. One of the major outcomes of the project is to frame the necessary knowledge to support Research Infrastructures (RIs) interested to explore the ERIC legal framework and ERICs in preparation with various aspects. This includes the development of guidelines and best practices related to various fields, the creation of a repository for legal documents such as internal regulations and rules of procedures, etc., which will be publicly available through an online toolbox.
Each of the 6 thematic work packages within the project will focus on a specific area. This includes: the overall coordination of processes within project (WP 1), the analysis and development of ERIC Forum’s governance model (WP 2), the development of guidelines and best practices related to ERICs’ operations, administration, HR and Finance (WP 3), the establishment of ERICs’ impact assessment methodologies for long-term sustainability (WP 4), strengthening the ERIC identity through targeted communication and dissemination activities (WP 5), the definition of the role of ERICs within the European research ecosystem and science policy (WP 6).
Read the full press release from the launch meeting.