The DANUBIUS-PP Consortium comprises 29 partners from 16 countries, and includes representatives of 2 ERICs (ICOS & EMSO). The partners include universities, research institutes, and specialized government bodies, such as the Romanian executive unit for the management of research programmes (UEFISCDI) and RoEduNet (in charge of the national network of e-infrastructures). The Consortium includes a representative from one of the major categories of stakeholders, the Port Authority of Seville, and the academies of sciences from Bulgaria and Moldova. The inclusion in the Consortium of the ICOS and EMSO ERICs is intended to ensure that DANUBIUS-PP can address the integration of the future RI within the landscape of major European research infrastructures. The Consortium also includes a specialized SME providing assistance to funding major Research Infrastructures via Structural Funds (EUROPPORTUNITIES). The partners come from countries that have already supported the process of inclusion of DANUBIUS-RI on the ESFRI 2016 Roadmap, but not exclusively: partners from France, Austria and the Czech Republic will ensure further progress and development of the RI, with a potential to grow in other parts of Europe during the Preparatory Phase.
The Consortium provides a well balanced mix of competencies required to build DANUBIUS-RI, in terms of both scientific and administrative domains, as well as geography. All Node and Supersite leading and hosting laboratories are represented, each being a major research and innovation institution with proven excellence in its field.
The DANUBIUS-PP Consortium builds upon the success of FP7 DANCERS, as well as on parts of existing Integrating Initiatives (e.g. Hydralab), and on the work to put the project on the ESFRI 2016 Roadmap.