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This project has received funding from European Union Funds under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

„Towards better Synchronisation of Priority Settings and Evaluation Mechanisms for Research Infrastructures Beyond National Relevance – InRoad”
(acronym: InRoad)

Total cost: 2 001 983,75 EUR
EU Contribution: 84 375,00 EUR
Duration: 01/01/2017 – 31/12/2019

Project Leader: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds Zur Forderung Der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Project Manager (WRC EIT+): 
Beata Lubicka
Project Consortium:

  1. Schweizerischer Nationalfonds Zur Forderung Der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung – Consortium Leader
  2. Deutsches Zentrum Fur Luft – Und Raumfahrt Ev
  3. Sociedad Para El Fomento De La Innovacion Technologica S. L. – Innovatec
  4. Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren EV
  5. Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – beneficjent
  6. Comissao De Coordenacao e Desenvolvimento Regional Do Centro
  7. Ustav Fyzikalni Chemie J. Heyrovskeho AV CR v. v. i.
  8. Service Public Federal de Programmation Politique Scientifique
  9. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS
  10. Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche
  11. Science Foundation Ireland SFI
  12. Universite de Lausanne
  13. Wrocławskie Centrum Badań EIT+ sp. z o. o.

The main objective of the proposal is to contribute to a better harmonisation and synchronisation of priority-setting, funding, evaluation and life-cycle management of Research Infrastructures (RI through the exchange of best practices among the main stakeholders in member states, associated countries and at European level. The regional dimension will explicitly be taken into account by integrating, where appropriate, smart specialisation strategies in the work carried out.

InRoad will achieve this by

a) the identification and dissemination of best-practices and common trends of national RI roadmapping procedures and of ex-ante, interim (monitoring) and ex-post evaluation of RI in Europe,
b) establishing a trustful dialogue and an intensive exchange of information about national RI roadmapping procedures, RI monitoring and evaluation and sustainable approaches for RI, in line with the objectives laid out in the European Research Area communication and
c) fostering a dialogue with the European Commission, ESFRI, the e-IRG and all relevant stakeholders at regional, national and European levels in order to discuss the project findings and promote the dissemination of its recommendations.

The InRoad activities and objectives contribute to the specific challenge highlighted in the work programme by:

a) promoting comparability and synchronisation of national procedures and a possible harmonisation of ex-ante and ex-post evaluation mechanisms through a survey, case studies, interviews and theoretical analyses of current frameworks in use, in close cooperation with the relevant stakeholders,
b) supporting RI policy development in terms of exchange of best practices for national roadmap drafting and evaluation procedures and
c) support the information sharing with stakeholders in charge of priority-setting, evaluation, funding and operation of RI through their inclusion in a dedicated Reflection Group.