The Council for Research Infrastructures works to ensure that the infrastructure for research of the highest academic quality is developed and used.
The Council advertises and evaluates applications, participates in international collaboration organisations, and works on monitoring, assessment and strategic work.
Organisation The Council consists of thirteen members, nine of which are researchers representing various academic orientations. The board of the Swedish Research Council appoints the chairman and members of the Council according to proposals supplied by the Research Council´s three Scientific Councils and by the funding agenies FAS, Formas and Vinnova who nominate one member each. The term of office is three years with the possibility of an extension for a further three years.
The Chairman for the period 2010-2012 is Kerstin Eliasson. The Council for Research Infrastructures has four evaluation panels which evaluate applications within the respective areas and develop long-term strategies for investment in and the phasing out of infrastructure. There will be a fifth evaluation panel in 2011.
Secretary GeneralThe Swedish Research Council has a Secretary General within research infrastructures with high academic competence. The Secretary General is a member of the Research Council's management group and is employed at the Research Council for a maximum period of six years.
The Secretary General is Juni Palmgren, Professor of Biostatistics, Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet.
The Council´s strategy The Council for Research Infrastructure works for:
- increased focus on international collaboration concerning infrastructure, especially European
- national co-ordination of infrastructure
- development of national nodes or centres to co-ordinate with international infrastructures
- Sweden to act as host for international infrastructures
- increased openness in researchers´ use of infrastructural resources and data
- increased co-ordination between research funding agencies as regards infrastructure
- protection of the new facilities e-science provides in order to develop the infrastructure, especially in new fields.
MembersThe members of the Council for Research Infrastructures