The Swedish Research Council's Guide to Infrastructures is the Swedish roadmap for recommendations on national and international research infrastructures. The Guide forms the basis for discussions concerning the funding of future infrastructure within the Swedish Research Council, as well as in collaboration with other research funding bodies in Sweden and abroad.
Over the course of 2014, the Swedish Research Council carried out a review of the processes involved in the prioritization, funding and organisation of national research infrastructure. As a result, the fourth edition of the guide is limited in terms of proposals for new infrastructure; instead it mainly focuses on concentrating and coordinating existing infrastructures and on defining the roles and principles involved in handling of infrastructure in the future.
The guide can be ordered or downloaded from the Swedish Research Council's publication service, where previous editions can also be found.
In 2015, The Swedish Research Council conducted an inventory of research infrastructure where higher educational institutions, research funding bodies, public authorities and research groups were invited to submit proposals for new or upgraded infrastructures of national interest. The infrastructures or areas that, after an evaluation process, are found to be of highest relevance, will be included in an appendix to the roadmap "the Research Council's Guide to Infrastructure" which will be published in the autumn 2016.
Besides infrastructures with ongoing operation grants from the Swedish Research Council, it is only the infrastructures included in the guide appendix that may be eligible to apply for grants in the next call, which is to be announced in early 2017
In parallel with the Swedish Research Council's Guide to Infrastructures, a similar publications has been produced by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). The updated European infrastructure roadmap is to be published early in 2016.