By research infrastructures, we mean in simple terms tools that help researchers to carry out research of the highest quality — for example, central or distributed research facilities, databases, biobanks or large-scale computation resources.
The Swedish Research Council is involved in financing and long-term planning for national infrastructure and Sweden´s participation in international infrastructures within all subject areas.
For a relatively small country such as Sweden, it is crucial to take part in international infrastructure projects in order to give researchers access to the foremost facilities. Through the Swedish Research Council, Sweden participates in a number of collaborations, which means both that Swedish researchers can be accorded experiment time or get part of their training in an international facility, and also that they can apply for job openings there.
The Swedish Research Council also makes an effort to see that strong Swedish infrastructures expand and participate as Swedish nodes in international infrastructures.
See a list of Research Infrastructures, linking to their own websites.