eLTER Preparatory Phase Project (eLTER PPP)

The project

The Preparatory Phase Project for the eLTER Research Infrastructure (eLTER PPP) is a HORIZON 2020 funded Coordination and Support Action for the detailed specification and high level decision making towards the level of legal, financial and technical maturity required for eLTER RI´s implementation. Therein, eLTER PPP will closely interact with eLTER PLUS to secure the highest relevance of eLTER RI services for  the related research communities and other eLTER RI user groups.

Key facts about eLTER PPP 

  • Lead: UFZ, Germany

  • Consortium: 27 participating institutions from 24 European countries

  • Budget: 4 million € 

  • Duration: 60 months (5 years, Feb 2020 - Jan 2025)

  • Coordinator: Dr. Michael Mirtl (UFZ, Germany); co-coordinator Philippe Choler (CNRS, France)

  • Core objective: eLTER PPP will coordinate the detailed specification and decision making processes towards the eLTER RI implementation and legal entity at the European and related national levels (eLTER ESFRI process). 

  • Main themes of the eLTER PPP are listed below (see also figure):

    • Design and operation

    • Organisation and funding

    • Strategies and impact

    • Consultation and harmonisation across organisational levels

The figure illustrates the four PPP themes, together with their associated Work Packages, and their tight connectedness and interrelations. The consultation and harmonisation across organisational levels in Europe is an overarching PPP theme concerning all WPs and leading to establishment of the eLTER RI. 

The figure illustrates the four PPP themes, together with their associated Work Packages, and their tight connectedness and interrelations. The consultation and harmonisation across organisational levels in Europe is an overarching PPP theme concerning all WPs and leading to establishment of the eLTER RI.

LTER PPP Work Packages and their roles

eLTER PPP will take care of eLTERs solid anchoring and visible role in the Research Infrastructures landscapes by

  • Establishing the vision, mission and strategic collaboration schemes [WP1] of the eLTER RI, securing international collaborations on global Grand challenges

  • Concluding the requirements of the eLTER RI to be met by the Central Services in support of excellent ecosystem research an other user groups [WP5]

  • Finalising the technical specifications of eLTER RI for the National Research Infrastructure (NRI) design and establishing a site labelling process to support the national eLTER ESFRI processes [WP6]

  • Setting up communication, dissemination and marketing structures suited for seamless continuation in eLTER RI [WP7]

eLTER PPP will accomplish fundamental work on the way to a legal entity and fully operational Research Infrastructure. It will

  • Plan and consolidate effective governance and management structures with shareholders [WP2]

  • Prepare the Head Office and governance of decision making processes [WP2]

  • Strive for a smooth transition from preparation into operation by timely establishing a legal entity and by taking appropriate measures to avoid known risks  [WP3]

  • Provide a cost benefit analysis and secure appropriate financial planning  [WP4]

Overall eLTER timeline towards operation 

More information about the project will be added on this website after the project kick-off meeting. Stay tuned!