Religious Studies Infrastructure: Tools, Innovation, Experts, Connections and Centers
General Info

Fondazione per le scienze religiose "Giovanni XXIII"

Via San Vitale 114, 40125, Bologna, Italy

legal status



remote, physical, virtual

RESILIENCE is a European cross-disciplinary research infrastructure serving the study of religion in all academic fields. It connects research centers, data holders and services distributed all over Europe and creates new instruments and services for its scientific community. The mission of RESILIENCE is to serve research by improving access to digital as well as physical data on religion and to advanced tools, training, existing research infrastructures and expertise for new, digital, and data-oriented research on religion on a global level. RESILIENCE facilitates high-quality research to improve knowledge on and understanding of religion. For this purpose, RESILIENCE brings together scholars and professionals, and facilities catalyzing new competencies, knowledge, approaches, and impact within the scientific domain of research on religion. It also establishes a system of permanent exchange with users on all levels of research experience and it orients its services strictly to user needs across Europe. RESILIENCE is composed of a digital environment and a physical network of facilities, which are located in Albania; Israel; Italy; France; Germany; Belgium; Bulgaria; the Netherlands; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Poland; Greece. More recently, the consortium has been joined also by facilities located in Slovenia and Georgia. RESILIENCE strives for open and FAIR access to digital and physical resources from Europe and beyond and offers researchers the use of valuable distributed data, tools, training, and services via a single point of access (virtual) as well as by discovering collections and having meetings with experts through on-site visits. In the long term, RESILIENCE aims at increasing and systematising inter- and multidisciplinary activities to create larger scientific aggregations capable of facilitating further exchanges between the various super-specialised and overarching research approaches to religion; assembling results and paving the way for more effective research (investing money to produce knowledge) and more innovation (investing knowledge to produce money); offering access to a platform supplying data, tools and expertise for the Religious Studies community; supporting scholars in bringing knowledge about religion back to the academic and public debate, on topics such as religious rights and freedoms, violence, contrasting hermeneutics; making expertise and knowledge on Religious Studies accessible to public actors. RESILIENCE primarily serves the research community of Religious Studies, which is conceived here as the full range of scientific disciplines that enable the study of religion. With its experts and the support to peer-researched, data-oriented knowledge on religion, it also serves societal actors, including religious communities, governments, decision makers, individuals, and institutions.
Total Investment 318,4 M€ Design 6,3 M€ Preparation 39 M€ Implementation 85 M€ Operation 9,5 M€/year Project 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024 2026 2028 2030 2032 2034 2036 2038 RM06 RM08 RM10 RM16 RM18 RM21 LA24
Roadmap Entry
as project: 2021
Total investment
318,4 M€
Design Phase
6,3 M€
Preparation Phase
39 M€
Implementation Phase
85 M€
Operation start
9,5 M€/year
The building of the infrastructure entails several steps, both on a national and European level. Concerning the European level, the consortium partners are the drivers of TRES Network (Socrates Prog. 2006-10); ReIReS starting community (quoted as evidence in 2018 ESFRI Roadmap); RETOPEA Project (H2020 2018-21); European Academy of Religion established by 506 universities (2015-); Questionnaire submitted for the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap, producing a HPSA of Religious Studies; RESILIENCE 2YSEP as Highly Potential Strategic Area. The RI has planned a 4-year Preparatory Phase, 8-year Implementation Phase, 20-year Operation Phase, 2-year Termination Phase. Procedures for the ERIC will be launched during PP (and finalised during IP), while securing the funding for the IP, and detailing the business and cost book plans. The IP will be dedicated to offering part of the services, deploying the organization, finalising recruitment, upgrading the operation plan, securing funding. RESILIENCE developed an in-depth socio-economic ex ante impact study, and during the PP elaborates an impact assessment based on the Research Infrastructures’ Impact Assessment Toolkit evaluating the impact of RESILIENCE on research, citizens and the different local and national contexts. The most visible and quantifiable benefit that RESILIENCE produced in the first two years of the PP is the chance it offered to the Italian community of Religious Studies to work in the ITSERR project (ITalian Strengthening of the ESFRI RI RESILIENCE), which was granted 22.1 Millions of Euros, made available by the NextGenerationEU funds. Among the benefits that RESILIENCE is expected to produce in the long term, it is worth mentioning the increase in awareness of research-based information on religions, thus contributing to spreading knowledge about challenges and opportunities of religious pluralism in Europe and all over the world; the establishment of a platform, bringing together researchers and experts whose knowledge, coupled with the necessary technology, will help to better understand the relevance of religion in dynamic social and demographic processes, and support the building of an inclusive, open, and respectful European society; the provision of the opportunity to decrease the dispersion of funding allocated to individual small scale infrastructural components and smaller projects; the enhancement of the economic and scientific efficiency of its users by reducing the costs dedicated to some aspects of the research (finding resources, mobility, training) through increased accessibility to resources as well as technical solutions to boost research performance.
RESILIENCE is currently running its Preparatory Phase. The list of services is limited to: Data repository community for FAIR data publication: RESILIENCE is in touch with Horizon-Zen to be part of their Early Adopter program. This new HORIZON-ZEN grant will enhance Zenodo with FAIR-enabling capabilities and support communities. As an early adopter, RESILIENCE can be involved in the design process Transnational Access Fellowship Programme: the Programme offers physical and virtual access to a number of European institutions and libraries. Its aim is to facilitate and foster easy access to sources, resources, expertise and services for researchers in RS. The TNA hosts grant access to their collections of manuscripts, rare books, documents and materials. Furthermore, RESILIENCE matches all successful TNA applicants with relevant scholars who can provide tailored expertise Data hub and discovery environments: Ixtheo and RelReSearch: ReIReSearch was developed in the context of a previous project, ReIReS, to provide a platform where disparate digital resources and databases relevant to Religious Studies are searchable in a unified and standardised way. RESILIENCE adopted ReIReSearch in its service catalogue. RESILIENCE also has an agreement with University Library Tübingen which manages the Index Theologicus, an international bibliography of Theology and Religious Studies RDM support: a first step towards improving RDM support for the RS community is the finalization of a DMP template that incorporates guidelines for the domain of Religious Studies. The template provides a Religious Studies context to increase the understanding and affinity of RESILIENCE stakeholders with data management planning. This template is used as a basis for an online DMP template using Argos.
D I G I T E N E E N V H & F P S E
RESILIENCE is represented in the SSHOC Governing Board and collaborates to the activities promoted by its community of RIs. Cooperation initiatives with other RIs are organized at the national level, on the basis of the possibilities envisioned by RESILIENCE in learning from their experiences and exchange practices and information.