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Engagement overview

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EGI’s sustainability plans have become increasingly coupled with its long-term strategy: connect researchers from all fields of science with the reliable and innovative ICT services from EGI that they need to undertake their research. Evolving these services according to researchers’ needs is also inevitable, to continue providing value for research and science in Europe. Engagement is a key activity in EGI to achieve these goals. EGI Engagement has to:

  1. Identify scientific communities from academy and industry that could break current scientific barriers with the use of EGI services and solutions.
  2. Reach out to, and carry out discussions with these communities about ICT technologies to understand and capture details of their e-infrastructure use cases and requirements.
  3. Help these communities tackle scientific challenges with the use of existing EGI solutions and by new solutions brought into, or developed within EGI as required.
  4. Support scientific communities during the whole process they need to go through to become active and self sufficient users of EGI services and tools.
  5. Act as a meeting point for research communities, a community of communities, where information and experiences relating to e-infrastructure application and adaptation can be shared.

Target groups

EGI Engagement needs to establish partnerships with researchers of the ERA. Researchers can be engaged with at different levels. The Engagement Strategy needs to know the specific characteristics of these levels in order to be able to choose suitable and effective engagement approaches and priorities.

  • RIs and FET Flagships: Research Infrastructures (RIs) from the ESFRI roadmap and from national roadmaps and the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Initiatives recognised by the European Union Member states.
  • Research Collaborations: small-medium size research collaborations and research networks. These are typically represented by FP7 or H2020 projects at the European scale, and by similar-size national projects at the national scale.
  • Members of the 'long tail of science': very small research teams and individual researchers who are primarily focussed on their own research agendas or personal research objectives.
  • SMEs and industry: Researchers and innovators working in the industry sector.

Engagement process

EGI Engagement has to identify and reach relevant members of the target communities, communicate relevant and impactful messages about the opportunities and benefits that collaboration with EGI could bring, deepen relationships until the exact scope and conditions of collaborations with mutual benefit are understood, and finally implement and maintain the relationships to bring benefits for the stakeholders. This process can be defined in a generic way and used as a blueprint to implement specific engagement plans with each of the various types of communities that have been identified in the previous section. EGI-Engage partners collaborate in the implementation of this process. While’s prime objective is to facilitate the EGI community's engagement with multi-national, structured scientific communities (primarily RIs, FETs, H2020 projects), the NGIs and individual institutes within those NGIs are also focussed on engagement with national and local communities, including SMEs and members of the long-tail of science.