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.
LONDON WORKSHOP JUNE 2019
Today we released the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2021, our review of the most important trends in science, technology and innovation policy across OECD countries and several major partner economies. This year’s Outlook provides new insights into the critical role that research and innovation systems have played in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, from improving our understanding of the disease to the rapid development of vaccines. Drawing on new data across a range of science and innovation policy areas, the report also sheds light on the challenges that innovation systems face amid the current economic crises, and what governments can do to improve their resilience and preparedness for future crises.
Chapter 2 includes an analysis of the role and mobilisation of research infrastructures during the crisis, many informations having been provided by members of the GSF expert group on national research infrastructures.