June 22, 2016. PRE-EST: A new proposal to H2020 prepared by the EST team.

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The EST team submitted a new project proposal to Horizont 2020*. 

The European Solar Telescope (EST) will be a revolutionary Research Infrastructure that will play a major role in answering
 key questions in modern Solar Physics. This 4-meter class solar telescope, to be located in the Canary Islands, will provide
 solar physicists with the most advanced state-of-the-art observing tools to transform our understanding of the complex
 phenomena that drive the solar magnetic activity.

Under acronym PRE-EST -Preparatory Phase of the European Solar Telescope- has been proposed a project with the specific objectives of: (1) to explore possible legal frameworks and related
 governance schemes; (2) to explore funding schemes and funding sources for EST;
 (3) to compare the two possible sites for EST in the Canary Islands Astronomical Observatories and prepare final site
 agreements; (4) to engage funding agencies and policy makers for a long-term commitment which guarantees the 
construction and operation phases of the Telescope; (5) to involve industry in the design of EST key elements to the
 required level of definition and validation for their final production; (6) to enhance and intensify outreach activities and strategic links with national agencies and the user communities of EST.

This 4-years project is promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST). The project consortium involves 23 research institutions from 16 countries.

* Call: H2020-INFRADEV-2016-2017 Development and long-term sustainability of new pan-European research infrastructures; Topic: INFRADEV-02-2016; Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions