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Optimising the Operation and Use

The majority of research infrastructures (RIs) are funded, managed, and operated within national systems. They mostly provide services to national research communities.

As research budgets are limited, and governments and funding agencies need to support increasingly large and complex RIs and RI portfolios, Science Europe and the OECD Global Science Forum joined forces to analyse how to optimise their operation and use within a national context.

Research infrastructures are highly diverse, as are the approaches that national authorities take in funding and governing them within their respective research systems. Because of this, no single model or set of recommendations to optimise their operation and use would suit every country or infrastructure.

Science Europe and the OECD Global Science Forum identified a number of key factors and guiding principles that will help policy makers, decision makers, and infrastructure managers to optimise the use and operation of the infrastructures that they manage. These principles have been brought together in two Guiding Models: one for funders and decision makers, and one for managers.

Guiding Models for Optimising the Operation and Use of Research Infrastructures

Two guiding models for the optimisation of the operation and use of national research infrastructures are introduced here. One is aimed at RI funders and decision makers, the other at RI managers. The full policy paper provides detailed version of both models.

Summary of the Guiding Model for RI Portfolio Management

Funders and Decision Makers

Countries seeking to operate an active RI portfolio management programme should incorporate some or all of the following elements in their approach:

Guiding Model for RI Funders and Decision Makers

Summary of the Guiding Model for Optimising and Managing RI User Bases

Managers

Managers of national RIs seeking to optimise the use of their facilities, and the data generated from them, should consider incorporating some or all of the following elements into their management strategies:

Guiding Model for RI Managers

The joint Science Europe–OECD Global Science Forum activity

A joint Expert Group oversaw the activity run by the Science Europe Office and the OECD Global Science Forum Secretariat. Evidence was gathered through two surveys of RI managers and RI funders/decision makers in a selected number of countries and regions to ensure balanced coverage across OECD countries. Two international workshops were also organised. The first workshop was held in London (hosted by STFC, UK) in June 2019, and the second workshop was held in Seoul (hosted by KBSI, Korea) in November 2019.

The full findings and analysis of this joint activity are presented in the report ‘Optimising the Operation and Use of National Research Infrastructures’, published as an OECD Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Paper. The paper is also available from the OECD iLibrary.

28.08.2020

SE-OECD Policy Paper on Optimising the Operation and Use of National Research Infrastructures

Science Europe and the OECD Global Science Forum teamed up to identify ways to optimise the operation and use of research infrastructures at national level.

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Country Organisation Acronym Name
Canada Canada Foundation for Innovation CFI Heidi Bandulet
China Ministry of Science and Technology MOST Qijiang Zhai
France Ministry for Higher Education and Research Isabelle Diaz
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Michael Royeck
Hungary Hungarian Academy of Sciences MTA Attila Havas
Ireland Health Research Board HRB Oonagh Ward
Japan Japan Science and Technology Agency JST Toshiki Nagano
Korea, Republic of South Korea National Fusion Research Institute Myeun Kwon
Korea, Republic of South Korea National Research Facilities and Equipment Center NFEC Yong-Joo Kim
Korea, Republic of South Korea Korea Basic Science Institute Eun Ju Lee
Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science MinOCW Jeannette Ridder-Numan
Norway University of Bergen UiB Robert Bjerknes
South Africa National Research Infrastructure Platform NRF Clifford Nxomani
Spain Spanish National Research Council CSIC Joaquín Tintoré Subirana
Switzerland Paul Scherrer Institute PSI Stefan Janssen
Switzerland Paul Scherrer Institute PSI Mirjam van Daalen
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Jean-Luc Barras
United Kingdom United Kingdom Research & Innovation UKRI Catherine Ewart (Chair)
United States National Science Foundation NSF Samuel Howerton
United States National Science Foundation NSF Robert Smith (Chris)
Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities ERF Andrew Harrisson
Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities ERF Florian Gliksohn
OECD Global Science Forum OECD-GSF Frédéric Sgard
OECD Global Science Forum OECD-GSF Carthage Smith
OECD Global Science Forum (consultant) OECD-GSF Peter Fletcher
Science Europe SE Maud Evrard
Science Europe SE James Morris
Science Europe (consultant) SE Isabel Bolliger

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