The strategic aim of ACTRIS is to secure long-term coordinated aerosol, cloud and trace gas observations and ACTRIS services in Europe and to guarantee sustainable resources and feasible governance for ACTRIS operations both at national and European level through an internationally competitive European ACTRIS Research Infrastructure (RI).

ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, identifies those research facilities of pan-European importance that correspond to the long-term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas, regardless of possible location, and that are necessary to strengthen scientific excellence and competitiveness in the EU.

To be adopted on the ESFRI roadmap, the proposal for ACTRIS was submitted by the Finnish ESFRI delegation on 31 March 2015, with 21 participating countries as ACTRIS partners. By December 2015, five countries (FI, FR, IT, CZ, RO) had already expressed their financial commitment and political support, additional 7 countries had provided political support, and altogether 85 research performing organizations have committed their resources implementation of ACTRIS.

On December 8, 2015, ACTRIS was adopted on the ESFRI roadmap 2016 for Research Infrastructures. The roadmap was published on March 10, 2016. The 2016 Roadmap consists of 21 ESFRI Projects having a high degree of maturity - including 6 new Projects - and 29 ESFRI Landmarks - RIs that reached the implementation phase by the end of 2015. ACTRIS was one of the new projects which were selected for the roadmap as new research infrastructures.

You can find the roadmap here:

With ESFRI status, ACTRIS will initiate the implementation of the European-wide ACTRIS operations and establishment of the organizational framework to provide services for the ACTRIS users. The implementation phase will include decisive planning and construction of yet non-ready elements of the ACTRIS research infrastructure.

Aims ofthe full implementation plan is to set up a research infrastructure service system for the complex data stream that starts from calibrated instruments at the National Facilities and goes through quality screening and higher level data products made available through the ACTRIS Data Centre, and finally to the repositories that will secure long-term access by a very large community of users globally.

ACTRIS has entered the preparation phase. The gradual shift towards the construction phase is foreseen in 2019-2021 planning the commissioning phase in 2021-2022. ACTRIS will be fully operational in 2025.

Timeline for the ACTRIS research infrastructure:


ACTRIS Preparatory Phase

The preparatory phase aims to bring ACTRIS to the level of organizational, operational, and strategic maturity that is required for its implementation. The H2020 preparatory phase projects (PPP) provide support for the preparatory phase. ACTRIS PPP will be crucial for implementing ACTRIS into a fully operational pan-European Research Infrastructure. The deadline for submission of the preparatory phase proposal to European Commission is June 22, 2016. If accepted, ACTRIS PPP will provide some limited funding to complete the preparatory phase.