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Published on 14-09-2023

Coordination and Support Action to support the ongoing development of DANUBIUS-RI


  • Programme or Providing body: HORIZON-INFRA-2021-DEV-02 (Consolidation of the research infrastructure landscape – Individual support for ESFRI projects)
  • Acronym: DANUBIUS-IP
  • Project title :DANUBIUS Implementation Phase Project
  • Duration: 1/10/2022-30/09/2025
  • Project budget: 1.302.656,25 €
  • CORILA budget: 68.250,00 €
  • Contact person in CORILA:
  • Keywords:River-Sea Systems, Research Infrastructure, sustainable development, environmental change, environmental conservation

DANUBIUS-IP is a 36-month Coordination and Support Action to support the ongoing development of DANUBIUS-RI – an environmental research infrastructure linking rivers and seas – as it proceeds towards its Operational Phase.

DANUBIUS-IP is coordinated by GeoEcoMar (Romania) and brings together 25 experienced partners from 14 countries from across Europe in a consortium with complimentary areas of multi-disciplinary expertise across the freshwater and marine research fields. The project specifically seeks to address recommendations from the recent ESFRI and High-Level Expert Group reports (on DANUBIUS-RI) and make a significant contribution to the expected outcomes and wider impacts of the Horizon Europe Programme. As such the project considers the importance of sustainability of financial commitments, the need to test the funding model and to enhance the visibility of the RI. DANUBIUS-IP will further demonstrate the efficacy of an integrated and interdisciplinary approach embracing a ‘river-sea continuum’ perspective to fill current gaps in the Research and Innovation landscape to address key societal challenges in these environments impacted by anthropogenic pressures and climate change.

DANUBIUS-RI will offer an agile pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) to support the Research and Innovation (R&I) needed to achieve healthy River-Sea Systems: enabling state-of-the-art, holistic, R&I from river source to sea and providing the integrated knowledge to manage River-Sea Systems, utilizing a source-to-sea perspective to understand their evolution and functioning. DANUBIUS-RI will offer services integrating capabilities from: remote and in-situ observation platforms, experimental facilities, laboratories, modelling tools and resources for Knowledge Exchange along the river source to sea continuum.

DANUBIUS-RI comprises components (Hub, Data Centre, Nodes, Supersites (living labs), e-Learning Office and Technology Transfer Office) distributed across Europe. Harmonized regulations, methods, procedures and standards will be achieved through the DANUBIUS Commons to ensure that outputs are comparable, and transferable. DANUBIUS-ERIC (under negotiation) will be the legal entity providing the governance framework to coordinate, manage and communicate the work of the RI.

The project proposes 7 work packages, in two parallel workstreams, that together will:

  • deliver a new governance structure for the RI as it transitions to DANUBIUS-ERIC;
  • enhance the ICT potential of the RI to enable virtual delivery of key services;
  • implement the Science and Innovation Agenda supported by agile and quality assured scientific services;
  • demonstrate the value of the RI through examples of the unique services that the RI can offer to end-users across Europe and internationally;
  • expand the DANUBIUS-RI community and enhance its standing in the wider European and International environmental RI landscape; and
  • ensure that the potential of DANUBIUS-RI to have significant social and economic impact is widely communicated.
  1. Institutul National De Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Geologie Si Geoecologie Marina-Geoecomar (GEOECOMAR)
  2. Institutul National De Cercertare Dezvoltare Pentru Stiinte Biologice Ra (INCDSB)
  3. Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon GMBH (HEREON)
  4. Odessa State Environmental University (OSENU)
  5. Ustav Vyzkumu Globalni Zmeny Av Cr Vvi (UVGZ)
  6. Stichting DELTARES (Deltares)
  7. University College Cork – National University Of Ireland, Cork (UCC)
  8. Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (UPC)
  9. Universidad De Sevilla (USE)
  10. Autoridad Portuaria De Sevilla (APS)
  11. Jihoceska Univerzita V Ceskych Budejovicich (JU)
  12. Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR)
  13. CORILA – Consorzio Per Il Coordinamento Delle Ricerche Inerenti Al Sistema Lagunare Di Venezia (CORILA)
  14. Bundesanstalt Fur Wasserbau (BAW)
  15. Id – Associacao Para A Investigacao E Desenvolvimento De Ciencias (FC.ID)
  16. Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (HCMR)
  17. Universitatea Din Bucuresti (UB)
  18. Bulgarian Academy Of Sciences (BAS)
  19. Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD)
  20. X-OFFICIO Advokat Ab (X-officio)