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The inventory of research infrastructure needs, which took place during June-September 2015, was the first step in the Swedish Research Council's new model for prioritization and funding of research infrastructure. About 150 proposals for new or upgraded infrastructures were submitted and are in the process of being evaluated. Furthermore, applications in the 2015 Research Council call for infrastructure grants that were not approved - but that received high marks – will be evaluated alongside the proposals from the inventory.
In January – March 2016, the submitted proposals will be evaluated by the Council of Research Infrastructures and its review panels based on several criteria, such as scientific relevance, national interest and strategic considerations. The areas and infrastructures that are considered to be of the highest priority will be included in an appendix to the infrastructure roadmap “The Swedish Research Council’s Guide to the Infrastructures ”, which will be published later in 2016.
Apart from research infrastructures with on-going operation grants from the Swedish Research Council, only the infrastructures or areas included in the Guide will be eligible to apply in the next call for proposals, which will be announced in the beginning of 2017. The scope of the 2017 call will be decided by the Council for Research Infrastructures (RFI) in 2016. The scope will effectively determine who can apply for the call.
The new model for handling of research infrastructure has so far focused on national infrastructures. However, the funding of participation in international research infrastructures will gradually be integrated into the new model. As a first step in this process, the 2015 inventory also included needs for new international research infrastructures. More information on how the new model will apply to international research infrastructures will be provided in 2016.