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International Cooperations and SHARE´s Projects

    Current Project Cooperations

    (The project started on 1 January 2019 and will end on 30 April 2022)
    On 11-12 March 2019, the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) project's kick-off took place in Utrecht. SSHOC will realize the social sciences and humanities part of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by offering access to research data and related services adapted to the needs of the SSH community. SHARE is one 47 organizations to take part in the project and leads the work package on "Innovations in data access".

    (The project started on 1 January 2019 and will end on 31 December 2022)
    The ERIC Forum's aim is to advance operations of ERICs and to strategically contribute to the development of ERIC related policies. The ERIC Forum Implementation Project brings together 23 established European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERICs) to strengthen their coordination and enhance their collaborations. The strategic approach of the ERIC Forum will contribute to address critical challenges and develop best practices. The project is composed of 7 different thematic work packages, each focusing on a specific area. SHARE-ERIC is leading work package 2, which aims for a suitable governance model that fulfils the needs of the ERIC Forum and can be accepted by all the participants (ERICs). Read more:

    This project strengthens the cooperation with a global network of other ageing surveys tackling the same issues relevant for individual and population ageing such as health, disability, retirement, active ageing, family and social support. The global network of ageing surveys (called "sister studies" altogether) consists of "parent surveys" and "daughter surveys" with respect to SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks, coordinated at MPISOC. The "parent surveys" have been started earlier than SHARE and have influenced the design of SHARE, namely the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), while SHARE has strongly influenced the design of the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR) and other "daughter surveys". The project is funded by a grant from the US National Institute on Aging.

    SHARE´s global sister surveys

    • HRS - Health and Retirement Study
    • ELSA - English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
    • TILDA - The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
    • CHARLS - Chinese Health and Retirement Survey
    • ELSI-Brasil - Estudo Longitudinal de Saúde do Idoso
    • JSTAR - The Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement
    • KLoSA - The Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging
    • LASI - The Longitudinal Aging Study in India
    • MHAS - Mexican Health and Aging Study
    • SAGE - Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health
    • AL-SEHA - Longitudinal Study of Egyptian Healthy Aging
    • HAALSI - Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa
    • IFLS - Indonesian Family Life Survey
    • CRELES - Costa Rican Longevity and Healthy Aging Study
    • HAGIS - Healthy AGeing In Scotland
    • NICOLA - Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing
    • MARS - Malaysia Ageing and Retirement Survey
    • HART - Health, Aging, and Retirement in Thailand

    Former Project Cooperations

    (The project started on 1 September 2015 and ended on 30 August 2019)
    SHARE was participating in RITrain. This project developed a flagship training program enabling RIs across all domains to gain expertise on governance, organisation, financial and staff management, funding, IP, service provision and outreach in an international context. It was designed and delivered by experts who had set up and managed RIs from concept to maturity. RItrain defined competencies required by RIs through consultation with their senior managers.
    The resulting competency framework underpinned a Bologna-compliant degree, the Master in Research Infrastructure Management, with three delivery routes.

    1. Professionals working in RIs (or organisations representing them) can dip into the content, focusing on areas where there is most need.
    2. Management teams can take the course as an organisation, dividing modules between them to gain a certificate for the RI. This will flag the RI as an organisation that values staff development, improving its attractiveness as an employer.
    3. Recent graduates and others wishing to enhance their employability can take a full master's degree.

    Course content included webinars led by senior managers of RIs. A staff-exchange program catalyses exchange of best practice and fosters cooperation to develop a mobile work force effective across many RIs. By the end of the project RItrain delivered a master's curriculum funded through course fees. Others with an interest in adopting it have beenencouraged to do so, providing a means of expanding the program. Europe's research community and global collaborators gained from world-class facilities to support excellent, high-impact research to benefit humankind.


    (The project began on 1 July 2015 and ended on 30 June 2019)
    Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS), aims to equip Europe’s social science data infrastructures to play a major role in addressing the key societal challenges facing Europe today and ensure that national and European policymaking is built on a solid base of the highest-quality socio-economic evidence.
    The project brings together leading European Research Infrastructures in the social sciences – the European Social Survey (ESS ERIC), the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE-ERIC) and Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA AS) – alongside organisations representing the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), European Values Study (EVS) and the WageIndicator Survey. It aims to exploit potential synergies and overcome existing fragmentation across infrastructures in order to enhance the key role played by these infrastructures, which form the bedrock of empirical social science in Europe.


    (The project began on 1 February 2010 and ended on 31 January 2015)
    CHANCES – “The Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States” project was a coordinated multi-country study that aimed to harmonize data from longitudinal cohort studies in Europe and the USA in order to produce evidence on ageing-related health characteristics and on determinants of healthy ageing among the elderly in these countries. Apart from SHARE, cohorts from thirteen studies were included in the project. Overall, 683,228 elderly, from twenty countries of the European Union, three other European countries, and three non-European countries were included in the cohorts participating in CHANCES. Further information on the project is available in the European Journal of Epidemiology (2014), Volume 29, Issue 12, pp 929–936.


    (The infrastructure project ended on 31 December 2014)
    DASISH - "Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities" provides solutions to a number of common issues relevant for the five ESFRI projects in social science and humanities, being CESSDA, CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS and SHARE and therefore is supporting infrastructure construction. These five infrastructures are presently at different stages in the process of establishing ERICs. DASISH has identified four major areas namely data quality, data archiving, data access and legal and ethics. The activities in these four major areas are based on a thorough analysis of the underlying architectures. The outcome forms the basis for educational activities and for outreach to the communities that are to benefit from the work. Through DASISH the participating infrastructures will not only obtain new solutions for specific problems and a consolidation of their infrastructure building, but will work out solutions facilitating interdisciplinary cross-walks of their researchers. This will be of mutual benefit for the five infrastructures and the communities they serve.


    Current SHARE Projects

    (The project has started on 1 November 2020 and will end on 30 October 2023)
    The overarching objective of the SHARE-COVID19 project is to understand the non-intended consequences of the epidemic control decisions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and to devise improved health, economic and social policies. The project pursues a transdisciplinary and internationally comparative approach by exploiting the data sources of the SHARE research infrastructure. It covers all EU Member States. >> more information


    (The project started on 30 September 2017 and will end on 30 April 2024)
    The project will administer in-depth measurement of cognition according to the Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol (HCAP) that has been developed for the HRS-style aging surveys supported by NIA. Using these data, the project will estimate prevalence rates of mild and severe cognitive impairment in the SHARE countries; compare these with HRS and other participants in the HCAP studies; and exploit the international variation of the SHARE plus SHARE-HCAP data in order to identify which interactions of biomedical and socioeconomic conditions over the life course affect cognition later in life.


    Extending the Coverage of the SHARE Survey to all EU Member States
    This project extends SHARE to the eight EU member states which have not been covered by SHARE so far: Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta and Cyprus and integrate these countries into SHARE Wave 7. The project also covers the development and testing of the SHARE core questionnaire for Wave 8 and the implementation of the main data collection of Wave 8 in these countries. Moreover, the project supports the four crisis countries Portugal, Spain, Greece and Estonia as well as the final database construction, data checks, and data provision after the completion of the main data collection of Wave 8. The project will thus enable the EU Commission and researchers to perform comparative analyses on topics such as employment, health, economic and social status with strictly harmonized data across all EU Member States.


    (The project started on 1 October 2019 and will end on 30 September 2023)
    The central goal of this project is to upgrade SHARE-ERIC in all SHARE countries. This will improve the cohesion of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement. In addition to integrating as many European countries as possible into SHARE and SHARE-ERIC, the project especially aims to improve the technical architecture, introduce scientific innovations and support central coordination, which is crucial for international cooperation and cross-national comparability.


    Former SHARE Projects

    • SHARE-DEV3 - Implement SHARE-ERIC in all SHARE countries and improve stability (The project started on 1 July 2015 and ended on 30 June 2019)
    • SHARE M4 - (Multinational Advancement of Research Infrastructures on Ageing)
    • SHARELIFE Project  - Collection of Retrospective Life Histories
    • SHARE LEAP - Longitudinal Enhancement and Access ImProvement of the SHARE Infrastructure
    • SHARE PREP - Major Upgrade of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe – preparatory phase
    • SAGE - Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health


    (April 2021)