What is research infrastructure?

What is research Infrastructure? An answer to this question depends on the context. Research infrastructures are large, high-profile assets that enable the community to do the best work possible. They support science by enabling researchers to conduct and share knowledge across disciplines. However, there are differences between infrastructures and their intended use. Some are disciplinary specific, while others fuse aspects of multiple models. In some cases, research infrastructures serve small cohorts, while others are community norms.

Research Infrastructures – facilities, resources and services used by the research community

There are many types of research infrastructure. Some are physical and others are digital and include major pieces of equipment, collections of scientific data, and computing systems. Others serve more general purposes. You probably use several research infrastructures every day.

European Research Infrastructures (ERICs) include a number of single-site and distributed research infrastructures. During their development, these facilities and services help the research community achieve its goals, including improving the competitiveness of European companies. These infrastructures are used by a broad range of researchers and are often part of national research systems. A number of such infrastructures are distributed across Europe, and ESFRI will recognize those that are European-wide.

They enable science to be driven by excellence

Research Infrastructures play a crucial role in enabling science to achieve the desired outcomes in a sustainable and efficient manner. By pooling data, facilities and equipment, they can ensure transparency and reduce unnecessary duplication of effort. This in turn helps drive scientific excellence and contribute to transformative technological developments.

OCEB (Open Science and Engineering) research infrastructures host-structured databases that are critical to various stakeholders and end-users. They are particularly important for research in areas such as smart mobility, collaborative design and group decision-making.

They are large and high-profile

Large research infrastructures are facilities, which are both physically and digitally large. They include scientific databases, computing systems, and networks, as well as major pieces of equipment. These facilities serve a broader purpose, such as supporting scientific publications and data. Most researchers use at least one such infrastructure on a daily basis. Listed below are some examples of large research infrastructures. These facilities enable researchers to conduct research at a higher speed and in greater depth than ever before.

The EU’s research capabilities are highly influential, but how it leverages them is a different matter. While research infrastructures provide a powerful platform for international collaboration in science and technology, lack of good practice and clear rules constrain their impact on society.

They facilitate input from the most granular level of the stakeholder community

The next generation of research infrastructure will help research and development organizations to make informed decisions about the direction of the country’s economy. These efforts will require the development of a common vocabulary and framework for identifying and prioritizing research and development activities. Stakeholders, including individual researchers, will be involved in every step of the research process. Ultimately, research and development will improve the way we live and work.

The research infrastructures are a collection of facilities, tools, and human capital that help advance scientific knowledge, improve technology development, foster social innovation, and train tomorrow’s STEM workers. They may be single-sited or distributed, or both. In some cases, they may be virtual. The European Commission has developed a charter for the development of research infrastructures to ensure that access to them is open and equitable.

They are sustainable

Sustainable Research Infrastructures must be designed to meet the needs of researchers from diverse disciplines and sectors, be flexible and easily accessible, and utilize the best technologies available. They must also promote Open Science principles. Users should be involved in the development of research infrastructures. They should participate in consultations, workshops, and discussion groups to provide input and suggestions.

To create a sustainable research infrastructure, one must think about the different aspects of research activities, including material, energy, and workflows. The approaches and recommendations for developing sustainable infrastructures will differ by sector, domain, and development stage. An ERIC in the area of environmental research must have its own focus, be sustainable and meet its stakeholders’ needs in multiple ways. Sustainability planning should incorporate the challenges associated with research infrastructure development and sustainability. By doing so, ESFRI is promoting an approach to design and build sustainable research infrastructures.