During the period 2014-2020, the EU will have invested more than 850 M€ in digital infrastructures through its Horizon 2020 e-Infrastructure programme.
But e-Infrastructures are set to play a much larger role in society. The European Commission adopted on 19 April 2016 the communication "European Cloud Initiative – Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe" that sets out a strategy to strengthen Europe's position in data-driven innovation, improve its cohesion, and help create a Digital Single Market in Europe. This is a fundamental step towards the reinforcement of the EU's competitiveness in digital technologies and in innovation.
Today, EU-funded e-infrastructures play a fundamental role in the life of European researchers and innovators. This booklet illustrates that by showing how e-Infrastructure projects funded under the Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 are helping researchers tackle the challenges posed by one specific societal challenge.