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Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure

Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2018

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The first version of the Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure was published in 2010. Since then, the roadmap has been revised after each major funding announcement under the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure issued by the Research Council. This is thereby the fourth revision of the roadmap. The updated Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2018 supports the recommendations set out in Tools for Research – The National Strategy for Research Infrastructure of maintaining the investment volume in, and ensuring long-term funding of, research infrastructures in the years to come.

The Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2018 has two main parts:

  1. 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.
  2. A presentation of large-scale research infrastructures of national importance, which have either received funding after the call for proposals in 2016 or previously, or are considered as "worthy of funding" by the Research Council. 

The area strategies in part 1 describe the research objectives, existing infrastructure and possible future needs for infrastructure in the respective areas. Prior to this revision, the Research Council invited research institutions to collaborate and prepare input to the area strategies on future needs for new or upgraded infrastructure within high priority areas in Norway. All inputs have been assessed by the Research Council's administration and linked to priorities in existing national strategies.

The research infrastructures presented in part 2 are included on the roadmap based on assessments made after the call for proposals in 2016 or previously, or are considered as "worthy of funding" by the Research Council. In this document these projects are referred to as "roadmap projects".

Many of the roadmap projects presented in part 2 are now entering or have entered operation phase. This means that after a period of about 8 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. 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.


John-Arne Røttingen
Chief Executive, The Research Council of Norway
 

Published:
22.03.2012
Last updated:
07.09.2018