Enabling ELI’s transformation from ERDF - funded distributed implementation towards ERIC - governed unified operation

While the implementation of the “Extreme Light Infrastructure” ELI is nearing completion in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, its remaining challenge is to create the necessary conditions for the future operation as a single, distributed international laser user facility of pan-European dimension.

The goal of the ELITRANS project, funded within the Infradev-3 scheme of the Horizon-2010 program, is to complement the final implementation stage of ELI by preparing and undertaking the transformation from three legally (but not conceptually) independent construction projects, towards operation as a single international legal entity, the ELI European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ELI-ERIC).

The main objectives of ELITRANS

• Conceptual Design of the future ELI-ERIC “Business Model”: essential elements of the future ELI-ERIC organization, financing, governance and international integration.

• Preparing ELI-ERIC’s “Business Plan”: development of concepts adapted to the operation as the world’s first international laser user facility.

• Managing the transition from Structural Funds supported implementation towards the ERIC-funded operation: merging the three facilities into one unified internal structure, developing a corporate identity, strengthening user relations, developing the scientific profile, international visibility and leadership.

The proposed actions to achieve the objectives are structured in eleven work packages

They cover the majority of activities considered necessary by the European Commission for a successful implementation of ESFRI projects, and take into account specific recommendations by the ESFRI Assessment Expert Group. The objectives shall be achieved through concepts jointly developed with European and international partner facilities, and world-leading e-infrastructures.

The work packages cover various scientific and technological aspects (e.g. data and computing, radiation safety, target technologies, beam diagnostics, virtual research and management environment, knowledge and technology transfer) as well as administrative aspects (legal environment of the ERIC, statutes, governance, corporate identity).


Lead partner:                   ELI-DC AISBL

Coordinator:                    Florian Gliksohn (florian.gliksohn@eli-laser.eu)

Beneficiaries:                 ELI-ALPS (ELI-HU Non-profit Ltd.)
ELI-Beamlines (Fyzikální Ústav AV ČR, v. v. i.)
ELI-NP (Institutul National de Cercetare -Dezvoltare pentru Fizica si Inginerie Nucleara "Horia Hulubei”)
e-Infrastructures participating in WP10 – Data and Computing:
PRACE- Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
European Grid Initiative (EGI)

Linked Third Parties:      ELETTRA Synchrotrone Trieste, STFC, DESY


The project started on 1 September 2015 and was due to end on 31 August 2018. It was extended and will now end on 28 February 2019.


A total amount of 3,4 million EUR is funded by the European Commission.

Learn more about ELITRANS



The European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) is a legal framework created by the European Commission to allow the operation of Research Infrastructures of Pan-European interest.

For more information, please consult this guide.