The Swedish Research Council´s Guide to Infrastructure is developed in collaboration with the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) as a roadmap for Sweden´s long-term need for national and international research infrastructure.
The first edition was published in 2006, and an updated version was issued at the 2007/2008 turn of the year. This third edition of the guide has been produced by the Council for Research Infrastructures and its preparatory groups through a comprehensive consultation effort that has included the subject areas at the Swedish Research Council, other research financiers, universities and university colleges as well as various research groups.
Furthermore, there are recommendations for new infrastructure projects or areas in which Swedish research could greatly benefit from increased national and/or international collaboration. The guide also provides an overview of the infrastructures that currently are being financed by the Swedish Research Council. The recommendations do not represent a promise for new commitments; decisions on new infrastructures are made after announcements for research grants and expert assessment on a competitive basis.
The guide emphasises the importance of regarding research infrastructure as an integral part of the research system, in which the infrastructures work together with research, education, technical development and innovation.