EFIL, European dataset of public R&D funding instruments is open

How to explore the dimension and the orientation of public R&D funding in Europe?

Researchers’ community has today the opportunity to discover EFIL – European dataset of public R&D funding instruments, the newest Dataset promoted by RISIS project and elaborated by IRCrES-Cnr team, partner of the RISIS Consortium.


EFIL – European dataset of public R&D funding instruments aims at enabling users to investigate public R&D funding in Europe at the level of project funding instruments and Research Funding Organizations (RFO), addressing questions related to policy design and policy implementation.


A peculiar feature related to the facility is the possibility to characterize the instruments through text analysis, key words, and vocabularies. Indeed, the database is complemented by a repository of official documents hosted on a cloud – composed of instrument calls, guidelines for participants, descriptions on official webpages, etc. – that is accessible to the database user.


Main objectives of EFIL are: – re-composing and characterizing the portfolios of funding instruments of relevant RFOs from selected European countries (Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, for the time being); – producing evidence of the structural, procedural, and allocational aspects of funding instruments, as well as organizational profiles.


EFIL provides a set of descriptors with an emphasis on a general characterization of the instrument (orientation, delegation mode of funding, composition of decision-making body, etc.); funding allocation criteria and eligible beneficiaries; and funding amounts allocated through each funding instrument. The temporal coverage assumes 2017 and 2018 as reference years for the re-composition of portfolios, but funding data are covered for the period 2018-backwards to 2010.



Access to RISIS EFIL – European dataset of public R&D funding instruments is free of charge and is offered as well as for all RISIS datasets, reachable at the Datasets portal (RISIS CORE FACILITY) through a simple process. First of all, researchers need to register and agree on the conditions of use (good use of data, authorship, mentions to the RISIS project, agreement of posting results, and aggregated datasets produced on RISIS website) via signing the RISIS Code of Conduct. Secondly, researchers need to propose a project (200 words) based upon the mobilisation of one or more RISIS datasets.


The H2020 funded project whose aim is to build a European Research Infrastructure for Science and Innovation Policy Studies has developed and implemented up to now 15 Datasets and 2 Organisation Registers (Orgreg and Firmreg).


Documentation: Zenodo

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