Research Infrastructure Policy
The issue of Research Infrastructures (RIs) has taken a growing importance over the years. This is due, among other factors, to the increasing number and diversity of RIs, which now play a key role in all scientific disciplines. They include not just single-site facilities but also a variety of distributed infrastructures, and operate under very different models of governance and financing. These RIs now represent a substantial amount of the total public investment in research.
The Global Science Forum (GSF) has carried out extensive work on RIs over the years. Indeed, facilitating co-operation on large-scale RIs was the original purpose for the creation of the Megascience Forum, the precursor of the GSF. A broad range of GSF reports on RI policy has been published over the years and new activities on this topic are still ongoing.