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2015 - 2019: H2020 - Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure

Europlanet 2020 RI is a new Research Infrastructure that is addressing key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area. It is a 9.95 million euros project to integrate and support planetary science activities across Europe. The project is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme; it was launched on 1st September 2015 and will run until 31 August 2019.

All information on Europlanet 2020 RI is available at

2009 - 2012: FP7 - Europlanet Research Infrastructure

Europlanet received 6 million euros under Framework 7’s Integrated Infrastructure Initiative programme to develop a distributed Research Infrastructure (RI). Europlanet RI enabled European researchers to access state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, planetary analogue field sites and virtual access facilities. It developed new tools and infrastructure, and consolidated the community through meetings, workshops and the sharing of resources, ideas, data and personnel.

It was an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3), ie. a combination of Networking Activities, Transnational Access Activities and Joint Research Activities.

  • The Networking Activities aimed at further fostering a culture of cooperation in the field of Planetary Sciences.
  • The objective of the Transnational Access Activities was to provide:
    • Transnational access to a range of laboratory and field site facilities tailored to the needs of planetary research;
    • And on-line access to the available planetary science data, information and software tools, through the IDIS e-service.
  • The overall aim of the Joint Research Activities was to improve the services provided by the ensemble of Transnational Access Activities.

2005 - 2008: FP6 - European Planetology Network (EuroPlaNet) Coordination Action

EuroPlaNet received 2 million euros under Framework 6 for networking activities to build a strong community for European planetary science through meetings and workshops, identify science goals, develop synergies between space missions and ground-based observations and lay the foundations for a Virtual Planetary Observatory.

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