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A Swedish roadmap for research infrastructures

Swedish Research Council : 24 October, 2006  (Technical Article)
The Swedish Research Council
The Swedish Research Councils Guide to Infrastructure, with a perspective of 10-20 years, is Swedens first long-term plan for research infrastructure. The emphasis is on field overviews in which research infrastructure, both present and planned, is placed in its context. The report presents various recommendations, identifying appropriate infrastructure projects of great importance to future research. Certain fields in which further investigation is needed are also pinpointed. A summary of the key conclusions from the report is available in English, see the right column.

The Swedish Research Council's Guide to Infrastructure will be used as a basis of discussions on funding of future infrastructures, both in the Council and nationally, with other research-fund providers and in international contexts. The Guide should be seen as an up-to-date overview of the research infrastructure required for Swedish basic research of world class, but it is not a strict list of priorities and represents no funding commitments.

Final date for the submission of opinions for the second edition is December 15, 2006. The second edition of the roadmap is expected in June 2007. The timetable will be adapted to enable the revised roadmap to provide a basis for work on the next Government Bill on Research Policy.

What is research infrastructure?
The criteria for the types of infrastructures that fall within the KFIs area of responsibility and should therefore be included in the roadmap is that they should:
Be of broad national interest
Offer scope for world-leading research
Be used by several research teams /users with highly advanced research projects
Be so large-scale that individual groups cannot operate them on their own
Have long-term plans for their scientific objectives, funding and exploitation
Be open and easily accessible for researchers and have plans to improve their availability (this applies to the use of the infrastructure, to the accessibility of collected data and the presentation of results)
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