On June 30th, 2021, the ESFRI Forum included RESILIENCE in the Research Infrastructure Roadmap 2021. This means that RESILIENCE will take its place in the strategic Research Infrastructures for the European Research Area and that it can work on the further development of the Research Infrastructure for Religious Studies.

The first initiatives to build a Research Infrastructure date back to 2016, which finally led to the launch of RESILIENCE in September 2019. RESILIENCE has since worked on the design of a sustainable European infrastructure for all Religious Studies. This design has now proven to be mature and was successfully evaluated by the ESFRI forum, allowing RESILIENCE to take its place in the strategic Research Infrastructures for the European Research Area.

Characteristic in the infrastructure design is that it includes physical as well as digital access to knowledge about religion. Via this infrastructure, academics who are working in the broad field of Religious Studies will be supported in many ways: they will be able, among other things, to access more resources, to enhance their digital skills, to participate in projects, to promote their research, and to build a professional network. Also other professionals, such as those working in galleries, libraries, archives and museums, policy makers, and representatives of religious communities can benefit from the knowledge offered by RESILIENCE.

The placement in the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 assures that the 13 consortium partners, coordinated by the Italian research institution FSCIRE, take the next step. This next step will be the development of the preparation phase, such as ensuring the finances and distribution of tasks among the partners. The new Research Infrastructure is intended to support its users for at least 34 years.

The news of the ESFRI decision was received with great joy and gratitude by FSCIRE and all the consortium partners. All institutions are grateful to the national ministries and delegates for their support.


RESILIENCE is a unique, interdisciplinary and invigorating research infrastructure for all Religious Studies, building a high-performance platform, supplying evolving tools and big data to scholars from all the scientific disciplines crossing religions in their diachronical and synchronical variety.

The project RESILIENCE started in September 2019 and will last for at least two years. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under Grant Agreement No 871127. Horizon 2020 is the European funding programme for research and innovation in Europe.



ESFRI is the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. It is a strategic instrument to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. The ESFRI Roadmap is a key instrument through which the ESFRI Forum establishes long term European strategic planning for the development of Research Infrastructures. www.esfri.eu .


  • Albanian University UFO (AL)
  • Bar-Ilan University (IL)
  • École Pratique des Hautes Études (FR)
  • Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose (IT)
  • Institut für Angewandte Informatik (DE)
  • KU Leuven (BE)
  • Leibniz Institute of European History (DE)
  • Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski (BG)
  • Theological University of Apeldoorn (NL)
  • University of Sarajevo (BIH)
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski (PL)
  • Volos Academy for Theological Studies (GR)
  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Muenster (DE)



More information via www.resilience-ri.eu and the RESILIENCE factsheet.


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