Research Infrastructures included on the Roadmap
The Roadmap presented here contains 23 projects.
Seventeen of the projects have their origin in grant proposals submitted in response to the initial funding announcement issued by the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure in 2009. These were selected from among 260 grant proposals after thorough assessment on the basis of the criteria described in Section 1.3.1. Ten of these projects received full or partial grant awards and have signed a contract, or are engaged in contract negotiations, with the Research Council.
The budget framework of the funding announcement was insufficient for financing of the remaining seven projects, despite the fact that they earned a mark of “Outstanding” in terms of scientific merit and strategic importance. These projects are considered to be investment-ready.
The other six projects presented here are projects on the European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures in which Norway has entered into binding agreements or has clearly signalled its desire to participate.
Projects included on the first edition of the Roadmap
All projects titles in the tables are hyperlinked to descriptions of the prosjects.
|Project||Topic||Applicants||Amount sought mill NOK||
NMNF Norwegian Micro- and Nanofabrication Facilities
|Materials and Nanotechnology||NTNU, SINTEF, UiO, HVE||150||71||Under implementation|
|NOWERI Norwegian Offshore Wind Energy Research Infrastructure||Energy||
|Health and Biotechnology||NTNU, UiT, UiO, UiB, FHI, Helse-foretakene||96||80||Under implementation|
The Norwegian Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy
|Materials and Nanotechnology||SINTEF, NTNU, UiO||98||Investment ready|
The marine technology laboratories. Required upgrading and developments
|Oceans||SINTEF Marintek, NTNU||162||Investment ready|
|GEOTESTING National Geo-Test Sites||Geosciences||NGI, NTNU, UNIS, SINTEF||48||Investment ready|
|NORBRAIN Norwegian brain initiative: a large-scale infrastructure for 21st century neuroscience||Health||NTNU, UiO||174||Investment ready|
|NorMIT Norwegian centre for minimally invasive image guided therapy and medical technologies||Health and Biotechnology||St. Olavs Hospital, NTNU, SINTEF, UiO, IVS Oslo University Hospital||103||Investment ready|
* The project is expected to partly finance the Norwegian node in the ESFRI-project BBMRI – Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure.
|Project||Topic||Applicants||Amount sought mill NOK||
Amount allocated mill NOK
|NorStore Norwegian data storage infrastructure||Interdisciplinary||UNINETT Sigma AS||43||37||Funding allocated for 2010-2013|
The Norwegian metacenter for computational science
|Interdisciplinary||UNINETT Sigma AS||40||Investment ready|
An eInfrastructure supporting high-throughput sequencing in life sciences
|Biotechnology||UiB, UiO, NTNU, UiT||45||Investment ready|
|Scientific Databases and Collections||
|Project||Topics||Applicants||Amount sought mill NOK||Amount allocated||Status|
|MENOTEC Medieval Norwegian text corpus||Humanities||UiO, UiB||7,3||7||Under implementation|
|INESS Infrastructure for the exploration of syntax and semantics||Humanities||UiB, UNI Research AS||22||19||Under implementation|
|NORMAP Norwegian satellite earth observation database for marine and polar research||Geophysics||NERSC, CERSAT, Kongsberg Satelite Services, The Norwegian Meteorological Institute||33||
|ACDC Advanced Conflict Data Catalogue: defining an industry-standard for data on armed conflict||Social Sciences||PRIO, Swiss Fed. Inst. of Technology, ETH, Uppsala university||8,8||8||Under implementation|
|The ACCESS life-course database||Social Sciences||NOVA, SSB||6,6||6||Under implementation|
|NorBOL Norwegian Barcode of Life Network||Biology||UiO, Bergen Museum, UiTØ, Museum of Natural History and Archeology||27||Investment ready|
Projects on the European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures
- in which Norway has entered into binding agreements or has clearly signalled its desire to participate.
|ESFRI: Large-scale Facilities|
|Project||Topic||Norway offers hosting||Participating Norwegian institutions|
The Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System
|Climate and Environment||
|RCN, NPI, UNIS, NSC, UiB, UiT, METNO, NERSC, IMR, NILU, NMA, ARR|
|ESRF Upgrade European Synchrotron Radiation Facility*||Materials Science||NordSync (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland)|
European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure
|Carbon Capture and Storage, Energy||
|Physics, Materials Science
||IFE, NTNU, UiO, UiB|
|Physics, Space Research||UiT, UNIS, UiO, UiB og FFI|
* Norway is member of ESRF and EISCAT
ESFRI: Scientific Databases and Collections
||Topic||Norway offers hosting||Participating Norwegian Institutions|
Council of European Social Science Data Archives
||Norwegian Social Science Data Service(NSD)|
Research areas of national priority
An effort has been made to ensure that projects on the Norwegian Roadmap represent a balance between national priority research areas. The figure below shows the total amount of funding sought by the projects on the Roadmap under the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure in 2009 distributed by:
- the priority thematic areas and technologies identified in the Government white paper on research;
- eInfrastructure of benefit to all disciplines;
- projects of particular relevance to basic research.
Although the majority of infrastructures on the roadmap have wide-ranging areas of application, the figure below gives only the area in which the project has its primary objective. Nevertheless, the figure clearly illustrates that there are funded or investment-ready projects in almost all of the national priority research areas.