A research infrastructure serves as a place where academia, industry, and other actors can meet, develop skills, and create new synergies and collaborations. Research infrastructures also contribute to the development of new generations of researchers.
KTH is dependent on strong, shared, and long-term sustainable research infrastructures in order to conduct world-class research and education.
The idea of a research infrastructure encompasses a wide range of activities, from large national research labs to smaller labs, and individual expensive instruments.
For the majority of KTH's research infrastructures collaboration with the surrounding community is of vital importance. Therefore, KTH offers other universities and businesses the opportunity to use equipment and instruments as a contribution to sustainable national research infrastructures and innovations as well as beneficial societal developments.
Optimising utilisation rates and accessibility
Financing investment in infrastructure for research and education requires a joint process of stocktaking, followed by an overarching investment programme aimed at improving utilisation rates and accessibility. Cooperation with strategic partners as well as other universities provides a good foundation for such a process.
KTH keeps the need for its strategic research infrastructures under constant review in order to ensure that the investments are utilised as efficiently and widely as possible. In a growing number of technology areas it is also necessary to collaborate on infrastructure at international level. KTH participates in the design and operation of a number of international research infrastructures that are also needed for the use of KTH’s own researchers.
To ensure access to equipment and instruments in areas of strategic importance KTH has engaged in work on the appropriate development of research infrastructures, led by KTH’s Deputy President. A number of criteria for KTH’s research infrastructures were established and can be found in the following downloadable document:
These criteria demonstrate the importance of research infrastructures being
- strategic, used by many, and open to different actors;
- subject to long-term planning in terms of organization, finance, up-to-date skills and equipment (maintenance of “state-of-the-art”, as well as their impact on and cooperation with society;
- subject to continuous quality assessment and development.
KTH issues an annual call with central funding for upgrading or purchasing new equipment for the university’s established research infrastructures. Annual evaluations are carried out, followed by discussions with each director aimed at quality enhancement.
Head of Unit, strategic initatives (Rresearch Support Office)
Coordinator for research infrastructures (Research Support Office)