The ERIC-Forum kick-off meeting is taking place from January 31st to February 1st, 2019 in Amsterdam.
The project is set up by all existing ERICs and consortia that have at least submitted their Stage-1 application to implement the objectives of the call.
The aims of the project are to:
- Strengthen coordination and networking, reinforcing the informal ERIC network or its successor framework;
- Support the organisation of specific meetings, targeted thematic workshops focussing on shared challenges such as the development of internal procurement rules, harmonised reporting, VAT exemption practices, insurances and pensions policies and training of governance bodies representatives;
- Support the preparation of ERICs, based on best practices;
- Support common communication and outreach activities, and strengthen external representation of ERICs as a stakeholder in consultations and other policy actions that could affect them.
The project coordinator is BBMRI-ERIC (Biobanks and BioMolecular Resourcesresearch Infrastructure Consortium); the project will run from the 1st of January 2019 until the 31st of December 2022.
The ERIC Forum project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement number 823798.