Developing research infrastructures is Europe’s response to the challenge of placing science at the heart of societal and economic development, promoting innovation, and enabling technology-driven transformation within a complex landscape.

Research infrastructures are organisations that provide research communities with specific facilities, resources, and services in order to accelerate scientific achievement. Fostering collaboration between research infrastructures across countries, economic sectors, research fields, and institutions avoids duplication of effort and renders scientific endeavour both sustainable and more effective.

European research infrastructures span the biological and medical sciences, materials science, energy and astronomy, the environmental sciences, humanities, and the social sciences. They are strongly supported by the European Commission, which has set up the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), a strategic instrument to steer policy-making and facilitate their development and optimal use.

All research infrastructures in SSHOC (CESSDA, ESS, DARIAH, CLARIN, SHARE and E-RIHS) are on the ESFRI roadmap.

SSH ERICs and projects


  • Cessda

    CESSDA, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, provides large-scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the Social Sciences.

  • European Social Survey

    The European Social Survey is an academically driven cross-national survey that measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations.

  • SHARE ERIC

    SHARE is a multidisciplinary & cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status & social & family networks of more than 120000 individuals.

  • CLARIN

    CLARIN, Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, especially in humanities and Social Sciences through single sign-on access.

  • Dariaheu

    DARIAH, the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, is a pan-European infrastructure for arts and humanities scholars working with computational methods. It supports digital research as well as the teaching of digital research methods.

  • E-RIHS - European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science

    E-RIHS is the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science that supports research on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation and management.