The Swedish Research Council’s guide to infrastructures 2012

Research environments with world-class infrastructures are essential for the advancement of science. They also generate innovation, influence the social climate, and attract talent. The Swedish Research Council’s guide to infrastructures presents an overview of the long-term needs for research infrastructures to enable Swedish research of the highest quality in all scientific fields. The guide addresses proposals for new infrastructures that have achieved a sufficiently high level of scientific, technical, and organisational maturity that it is time to determine whether or not to implement them. The guide also presents recommendations for new infrastructure projects or areas where Swedish research would benefit substantially from greater national and/or international coordination. Research infrastructures encompass central or distributed research facilities, databases, and large-scale computing, analytical, and modelling resources.

The Swedish Research Council published its first guide to infrastructures in 2006, and released an updated version in 2007/2008. This, the third edition of the guide, has been produced by the Council for research infrastructures and its evaluation panels in close collaboration with the scientific councils within the Swedish Research Council, other research funding bodies, universities and higher education institutions, and other research groups.

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