Tools for Research - Part II:
Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2016
The first version of the Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure was published in 2010, in line with similar roadmaps drawn up in other countries. The roadmap is revised after each major funding announcement under the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure issued by the Research Council. The first and second revision was published in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2016 is thereby the third revision of the roadmap. The updated Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2016 thus supports the recommendations set out in Tools for Research - Part I of increasing the investment volume in, and ensuring long-term funding of, research infrastructures in the years to come.
The Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2016 has two main parts:
- A description of the strategic basis for the Research Council’s priorities regarding research infrastructure in specific disciplines, thematic areas and technology areas, called area strategies.
- A presentation of large-scale research infrastructures of national importance, which have either received funding after the call for proposals in 2014 or previously, or are considered as "worthy of funding" by the Research Council. They are referred to in this document as “roadmap projects”.
The area strategies in part 1 describe the research objectives, existing infrastructure and possible future needs for infrastructure in the respective areas. The roadmap projects are presented under the specific area strategies, making it easier to see the strategic value of investment in the projects (see the Norwegian version of the Roadmap). The research infrastructures presented in part 2 are included on the roadmap based on assessments made after the call for proposals in 2014 or previously, or are considered as "worthy of funding" by the Research Council.
Most of the Roadmap Projects presented in part 2 have already been financed. This means that after a period of about 6 years with the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure an increased share of new investments will now be allocated toward renewal and upgrading of important national research infrastructures. In addition, there is still a considerable need for investments in a range of novel infrastructures as indicated in the area strategies and by the received applications to the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure.
The need for e-infrastructure and open access to research data is a major challenge in all areas of research, and is discussed in a separate chapter. In addition, the Norwegian participation in international research infrastructures is presented in a separate chapter.
The roadmap is not meant to be a static document, and it will be revised in the wake of each major funding announcement. Compared to earlier versions of the roadmap, part 2 contains some new projects, while others have been removed. As a general rule, projects that have been listed on two consecutive editions of the roadmap without receiving funding will be removed. Roadmap projects that have received funding in an establishment phase, but no longer receive funding through the National Research Infrastructure, are listed in a separate table. The area strategies will continually be evolving. For this reason the most recent electronic version of the Norwegian roadmap, www.forskningsradet.no/veikart, will be the updated version at any given time.
Director General of the Research Council of Norway
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