MERIL's Impact

MERIL is a unique resource for the scientific community, policy-makers and other stakeholders such as research performing and research funding organisations. As the Member States of the European Union continue to develop a more coordinated and strategic approach to scientific research, it is important to have a clear picture of the research infrastructure landscape. Representing a one-stop source of information about all the principal research infrastructures throughout Europe, MERIL has the following impacts:

  • Helping the scientific community identify and gain access to a wide range of resources, services and facilities;
  • Allowing policy-makers to assess the state of research infrastructures throughout Europe to pinpoint gaps and possible duplications, and make decisions about where best to direct funding;
  • Encouraging cross-border and cross-sector collaboration and more efficient use of resources within the European research community;
  • Promoting individual research infrastructures by raising their profile and fostering a greater sense of partnership across Europe;
  • Contributing to planning for future needs in cooperation with policy-makers.


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The MERIL project is supported by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 from March 2016 to February 2020. From January 2013 to February 2016 it was supported by the ESF member organisations. From October 2010 and December 2012 it was supported by the European Commission under Framework Programme 7.