The European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has identified “Plant Phenotyping” as a priority for the European research area, and EMPHASIS has been listed on the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 for Research Infrastructures as an infrastructure project to develop and implement a pan-European plant phenotyping infrastructure.

The European Union is funding a four-year-long project called EMPHASIS-PREP in order to bring EMPHASIS to the level of legal, financial and technical maturity required for full implementation. With the kick-off of EMPHASIS-PREP on 1 January 2017, EMPHASIS has entered the Preparatory Phase.