Questionnaire to support the planning of research infrastructure
Research infrastructure is an important strategic area for Karolinska Institutet. In order to facilitate planning and strategic development, an inventory of existing and potential research infrastructure is now being carried out by sending out a survey to PIs and core-facility managers.
The Vice-Dean of infrastructure, Stefan Eriksson, has been assigned the task to make an inventory of existing research infrastructures and to develop proposals for long-term coordination of infrastructure ussies. The current inventory is aimed both at creating a resource catalog and serve as a knowledge base for drawing up a strategic plan for managing infrastructure issues. The strategy includes assessing which infrastructures are best administered and funded at an institutional, university, national or international level respectively.
A research infrastructure means a resource (equipment, facility, installation, computer, database, etc.), locally administered or part of a national or international resource, such that meets certain criteria in terms of cost of investment and operation, usage width, availability, and type of operation. As a guideline for this survey, a resource should be considered as an infrastructure if the cost of acquisition is at least 1 million SEK. The use of the resource should not be limited to one research group but be available to others, and it should have a defined form of operation.
A resource that today may not be classified as infrastructure could possibly meet the criteria with some changes made. The survey does not therefore come from a strict definition of infrastructure but asks questions to also identify other resources that should be managed as an infrastructure.
Deadline to answer the questionnaire is 12th of June 2017.