Part 1
Strategy Report

Main Features and Outcomes of the Roadmap 2021

ESFRI engages in a well-defined road-mapping process with comprehensive and transparent rules and procedures that are refined at every new roadmap update process. For the Roadmap 2021, ESFRI has adopted the definitions, models and methods detailed in the Roadmap 2021 GuideESFRI Public Roadmap 2021 Guide, September 2019

ESFRI RIs are facilities, resources or services of a unique nature identified by European research communities to conduct and to support top-level research activities in their fields. They include: major scientific equipment (or sets of instruments), knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives and scientific data, e-Infrastructures, such as data and computing systems and communication networks and any other tools that are essential to achieve excellence in Research & Innovation (R&I).

The ESFRI PROJECTS are RIs in their Preparation Phase, which have been selected for the excellence of their scientific case and for their maturity, according to a sound expectation that the Project will reach the Implementation Phase within a ten-year period. They are included in the Roadmap in order to underline their strategic importance for the ERA and to support their timely implementation.

The ESFRI LANDMARKS are RIs that are implemented - reached an advanced implementation stage- and represent major elements of competitiveness of the ERA. The Landmarks can be already delivering science services and granting user access, or can be in an advanced stage of construction with a clear schedule for the start of operation. Landmarks need continuous support and advice for successful completion, operation and – when necessary – upgrade to ensure the provision of state-of-the-art services, optimal management and maximum return from the investment.

For the Roadmap 2021, ESFRI monitored the Projects that entered the Roadmap in 2010 and 2016 and evaluated New Proposals that would be included in the Roadmap 2021.

The Roadmap 2021 Guide describes the overall ESFRI lifecycle approach and explains in detail the procedure and objective of the monitoring of current ESFRI Projects and the evaluation of the New Proposals. The monitoring and evaluation of the scientific and implementation cases are conducted independently and in parallel by the ESFRI Strategy Working Groups (SWGs) and the Implementation Group (IG), according to the Implementation Group and Strategy Working Groups Manualimplementation Group and Strategy Working Groups Manual – In complement to the Roadmap 2021 Guide, September 2019