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From 2007 to 2010, more than 40 research institutions coming from 13 EU member States contributed to the ELI Preparatory Phase, with the objective of bringing the initial concept of ELI to a level of maturity allowing its implementation.

Access to the ELI Beamlines facility will be managed by the European consortium (ELI-ERIC) in charge of the joint operation of the ELI facilities. The facilities provides access to international scientists selected on the basis of excellence (“peer-reviewed open access”), according to the principles advocated by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and the European Commission.

Already now many agreements and contracts have been concluded to fix the terms of such cooperations. In most cases, these contracts have the form of a special Memorandum of Understanding for a scientific and technological collaboration. The following list of current scientific cooperations is continuously updated.