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From 2015, a new model for the prioritisation, funding and organisation of national and international research infrastructure is replacing the previous form of management. This new model has been drawn up over the course of 2014 and will be implemented in stages up until 2018.
The management of international infrastructure is not yet fully integrated into the model, and work on this is underway. As a first step, the 2015 inventory of infrastructure needs will also include international research infrastructure requirements.
More information about how the new model will include international research infrastructures will be provided in 2016.
Prioritisation of infrastructure will take place via a recurrent cyclical process starting with the production of the national infrastructure guide "The Swedish Research Council's Guide to Infrastructures 2016". Calls for proposals and decisions concerning the initiation of new or continued funding of existing infrastructure then follows.
Using the Swedish Research Council's Guide to Infrastructures
The Swedish Research Council's Guide to Infrastructures is an important tool in the prioritisation of infrastructure and governs subsequent calls for proposals. The production of the guide takes place using an open inventory of needs based on input from various interested parties. Only the infrastructure prioritised in the guide can then apply for grants in the calls for proposals. The prioritisation forming the basis of the guide will be undertaken following consultations with potential host organisations.
Joint applications from higher education institutions
As a rule, applications for grants for nationally important infrastructure are made jointly by several universities (or other organisations). One guideline is that a consortium has to consist of at least three higher education institutions/organisations. At the time the application is made, such aspects as an eight-year funding plan must be in place. However, grants can be approved for a period of less than eight years. Another guideline is the desire to ensure an equal distribution of the total costs between the host organisation/consortium and the Swedish Research Council.
International research infrastructure
Swedish involvement in international research infrastructure will be covered separately.
Acronyms RFI (Council for Research Infrastructures), VR (Swedish Research Council), bg (evaluation panel/s)
A national reference group has been attached to the process of drawing up a new model for infrastructure management and the subsequent implementation of this model. The reference group consists primarily of representatives of the largest Swedish higher education institutions:
Alf-Erik Almstedt, Chalmers
Karin Dahlman-Wright, KI
Per Dannetun, Linköping University
Staffan Edén, University of Gothenburg
Lena Gustafsson, SUHF
Arne Johansson, KTH
Anders Karlhede, Stockholm University Joseph Nordgren, Uppsala University
Marianne Sommarin, Umeå University Stacey Ristinmaa Sörensen, Lund University
Göran Ståhl, SLU