ESS part of new Horizon 2020 project


The European Social Survey (ESS) ERIC is a partner in a new Horizon 2020 project: European Research Infrastructures in the International Landscape (RISCAPE).

RISCAPE brings together a consortium of organisations to undertake analysis of international research infrastructures for the use of European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), European Commission (EC), OECD and national or regional funding agencies.

The objective of the RISCAPE project is to provide a peer-reviewed report on the position of the major European research infrastructures in an international context.

RISCAPE will establish close links with a panel representing the main user groups of the report and cooperate with European research infrastructures to build on the ESFRI landscape report (2016).

The consortium will also consult with experts across disciplines to answer directly to the EC strategy on EU international cooperation in research and innovation, particularly on the need to obtain objective information in order to help implement their strategic approach.

The report and the methods used will be independently assessed to maximize the usability and objectivity of the information provided for the EU development and policy.

The ESS is representing the social sciences partly due to its coordination of the Synergies for Europe's Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS) cluster project and is leading on two Work Packages.

ESS ERIC will lead on the development of a common approach to assess the complementarity of international research infrastructures across the range of disciplinary domains.

It will also lead the WP applying this common approach to international social science research infrastructures.

They will be supported for Work Package 8 by the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA), who provide large scale data services to the social sciences sector.

The ESS is expected to offer the RISCAPE consortium connections to - and knowledge of - the social sciences in Europe and the rest of the world.

The RISCAPE consortium is built on disciplinary expertise and connections arising from the ESFRI cluster projects and the ESFRI research infrastructure development projects.

The other clusters in the consortium are ENVRI PLUS (Coordinator environmental research cluster), CORBEL (biomedical science cluster), SINE2020 (neutron cluster project cluster), ASTERICS RI (astronomy cluster) and PARTHENOS (digital humanities cluster). EGI.EU will represent the e-infrastructure domain.

Dr. Rory Fitzgerald, Director of ESS, said: “I am delighted that the European Social Survey ERIC is a partner in RISCAPE.

“In less than two years of leading the SERISS project, we have already seen tangible benefits from working together with social science research infrastructures across Europe. Through RISCAPE we are in a position to expand our horizon beyond Europe and beyond the social sciences by working with other disciplines.

“This is a really important step strategically for the ESS ERIC, the social sciences and cross-disciplinary cooperation more generally.”

The ESS ERIC proposal was prepared alongside RISCAPE consortium colleagues. The total award is for €1,999,867.50 - the ESS ERIC will receive €247,932.50 of this funding.

RISCAPE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 730974.