New national strategy for a large-scale research infrastructure
Minister van Engelshoven has received the new National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Infrastructure 2021. This Roadmap is intended as a guide for making strategic choices for investments in an innovative research infrastructure.
This Roadmap is intended as a guide for making strategic choices for investments in an innovative research infrastructure. In the new Roadmap, nine Groups (with substantive, thematic or technical overlap) present, on behalf of the Dutch research field, their proposals for investments in a large-scale research infrastructure for the coming ten years. This research infrastructure has the highest priority for science in the Netherlands and can qualify for NWO funding. In the coming five years, a total of 200 million euros will be distributed over two funding rounds.
A large-scale research infrastructure is essential to the position of Dutch science: it makes a significant contribution to innovation and helps solve major social issues related to the environment, the climate, health and civilisation. This may involve highly specialised equipment, such as large telescopes, high field magnets or advanced sensors and measurement networks necessary for biological and earth science research. It may also involve ‘virtual’ facilities, such as extensive databases, scientific computer networks, or data and sample collections.