Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities
The European Association of National Research Facilities with open international access (ERF) was initiated in 2007 to promote cooperation between individual European national large-scale research facilities funded by national sources but offering open access and serving every year over 20,000 academic and industrial users from Europe and all over the world. DESY was one of the founding members.
On April 18th, 2013 with the signature of the Royal Decree by the King of Belgium, ERF has been recognized as an AISBL (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif) according to the Belgian law taking the place of the former ERF de facto association.
This ERF-AISBL Association has the not-for-profit purpose to promote the cooperation and the projects between european-level research infrastructures which are open, at international level, to external researchers. These Infrastructures include national infrastructures as well as european networks and consortia of research infrastructures.
The new website of ERF-AISBL can be found here.