Notis, 2018-05-02

Membership of international research infrastructures investigated

The Swedish Research Council has identified the benefits of membership in 37 international organisations for research infrastructures. The factors we investigated included the use, scientific output and economic return in the form of orders for equipment and services from Swedish suppliers.

Through the Swedish Research Council, Sweden is a member of several international organisations for research infrastructures, in order to give Swedish researchers access to the best research tools.

Access to research infrastructures has become increasingly important. In addition, the number of large-scale international research infrastructures has increased and the forms of cooperation have become more complex. Because of that, the cost of membership in such international organisations has also increased. We have therefore identified the benefits of each of 37 separate memberships. The report forms a basis for managing our memberships.

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Updated: 2018-05-02

Research infrastructure

Research infrastructures are advanced research tools, such as telescopes, accelerators, microscopes, databases, sample collections, or automated measurement stations. The researchers are dependent on these tools in order to conduct their research.