IMPORTANT NOTE: The submissions for the Landscape Analysis Questionnaire for RIs, Clusters and Stakeholders are now closed. The feedback from relevant stakeholders invited to provide publishable responses is available in the Stakeholders Contributions to LA page. 


Since 2016 ESFRI has introduced in its Roadmaps the Landscape Analysis which provides an overview of the European RI ecosystem by identifying the main RIs operating transnational access in Europe, in all fields of research, and major new or ongoing projects, as well as an outlook to the global landscape of relevance. The Landscape Analysis has progressively (2018, 2021) evolved towards a more complete and strategic document including trend analysis and the first examples of RIs services and their impacts in specific areas.

In order to underline the strategic relevance of the Landscape Analysis, ESFRI has decided to de-couple the LA from the Roadmap. According to the new ERA Action 8, ESFRI will publish a more strategic LA report in 2023, which must provide the framework for the next ESFRI Roadmap, contribute to the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, and promote the development of new research infrastructure services, including, when needed, infrastructure clustering for pan-European thematic or interdisciplinary services.

Competitiveness Council in its conclusions furthermore invited ESFRI to perform a comprehensive analysis of the European RI landscape with the aim to identify existing synergies and complementarities, expose persistent deficiencies, shortcomings and gaps, and propose improvements on accessibility, networking, clustering, associating and even merging of European, national and regional RIs, and their deeper integration in a fully functional and interoperable European RI ecosystem. It furthermore emphasised the critical importance of RIs in achieving the objectives of European Missions and of ESFRI in guiding the strategic development of the European RI landscape and fostering RIs’ contribution to the implementation of European Missions.

To reach this level of ambition, the Landscape Analysis will provide a more consolidated gap analysis based on user needs. It should cover the different domains and multiple dimensions across the domains and also include the evolution of needs to identify priorities for future developments.

The Landscape Analysis will include RIs services, technology, instrumentation and data aspects, as well as societal and economic impact; it should cover national, European and global scales.

To prepare such an ambitious report, ESFRI has decided to involve directly the RIs and main stakeholders which could provide the relevant information for this report. RIs were kindly asked to fill in a relevant questionnaire, where information about the current status, trends and future developments, as well as impact, was collected. RIs Clusters were invited to fill in another questionnaire where they provided specific information related to the specific domain. Relevant stakeholders were invited to provide their strategic insights.