9 September 2020
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Optimising the Operation and Use of National Research Infrastructures

Science Europe and the OECD Global Science Forum (GSF) release a joint policy paper that analyses how to optimise the operation and use of Research Infrastructures (RIs) within a national context. 

The paper provides a generic framework for improving the selection, use, and operation of national RIs. This includes a set of options which account for both the diversity of national contexts and of individual RIs. The report contains:  
  • Two Guiding Models; one on the portfolio management of RIs, and a second on the optimisation of the use of individual RIs. These guiding models present policy recommendations to governments, funders, and RI managers that summarise the lessons learnt and that help to enhance the efficient use of national RIs, maintain quality/excellence, and foster synergies. 

  • Illustrative examples that help to support specific recommendations and actions towards optimising the use and operation of RIs, and specificities for different fields of research or categories of RIs to highlight common or unique challenges.  

Published as part of the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Papers series, this publication is the culmination of a 2-year activity, overseen by a joint Science Europe OECD GSF Expert Group, and is built upon information gathered through two surveys and two international workshops. Click on the image and links below to read more:
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