Step 1 – we inventory the needs that exist
Every two years, the Swedish Research Council makes an inventory of research infrastructure in Sweden. The purpose of the inventory is to capture proposals for new national needs for research infrastructure. The proposals we call for shall address:
- Needs for entirely new research infrastructure.
- Needs to gather together and substantially develop smaller resources than are already available today, so that together they can form a national research infrastructure.
- Needs for major upgrades of existing research infrastructure in operation. The aim of such upgrades shall be to create a significant change to the scientific production or the technical approach. Routine maintenance or gradual improvements shall not be included.
- Needs for new international research infrastructure – both needs for Swedish participation in the construction of new international research infrastructure and for Swedish membership of existing research infrastructure.
The inventory is aimed at higher education institutions, public authorities with research responsibility, research funding bodies and researcher teams. We would prefer each need to consist of a well-developed proposal backed by several universities or other organisations.
We assess and prioritise the proposals
Once the inventory is competed, we start our assessment and prioritisation of the proposals. We then describe the proposals with the highest priority in the Appendix to the Swedish Research Council’s guide to infrastructure.
Read more about how the assessment is done
Step 2 – we issue a call for proposals
Our Council for Research Infrastructures (RFI) then decides on what calls to issue. The call may include the proposals for research infrastructure given the highest priority in the needs inventory. It may also be possible to apply for a grant for research infrastructure that already has an ongoing grant.
Apply for a grant to national research infrastructure
If you are applying for a grant for national infrastructure, you normally have to represent a consortium including several universities or other organisations. You can apply for a grant for a maximum of eight years, and the Swedish Research Council can contribute up to 50 per cent of the overall budget.
The call text always includes detailed information on the conditions that apply for each grant.
Apply for a grants to international research infrastructure
If you are applying for a grant for international infrastructure, you do not have to represent a consortium. However, we still prefer that several higher education institutions contribute with a major engagement. This can make the membership of the international research infrastructure more valuable to Swedish research. The call text always includes detailed information on the conditions that apply for each grant.
Time plan: From proposal to grant decision
Needs inventory – autumn 2017
The Swedish Research Council starts to gather proposals to create an inventory of the research infrastructure needed.
Prioritisation of proposals – spring 2018
RFI decides which proposals will be prioritised, based on the needs inventory.
Publication of prioritised research infrastructure – autumn 2018
We publish the appendix to the Swedish Research Council’s Guide to infrastructure, which includes detailed descriptions of the areas and research infrastructure with the highest priority, and which research infrastructures with ongoing grants are entitled to apply under the upcoming call.
RFI makes the decision on what calls to issue.
Call for grants – spring 2019
The call opens – you can apply for a grant.
Grant decision – autumn 2019
RFI decides which research infrastructure will receive a grant.
The Swedish Research Council carries out another needs inventory – and then the process starts again.