German Council of Science and Humanities | Next generation of research infrastructures evaluated

Publié le 24 juillet 2017, par Thérèse Hameau

Twelve conceptual designs for large-scale research infrastructures have been evaluated in detail and comparatively assessed by a mandated committee of the German Council of Science and Humanities, at the request of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The evaluated research infrastructures are facilities, resources and services assigned to the research areas Engineering and Natural Sciences, Environmental and Earth System Sciences, and Biological and Medical Sciences. The aim of the evaluation process is to establish a basis for decision making for including research infrastructures into the National Roadmap in the following legislative period in Germany.

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To enter the Roadmap Process and therefore the science-driven evaluation, proposals had to be of national importance for research policy, have a long utilisation period of at least 10 years and open access on the basis of scientific quality standards...

All proposals have been evaluated in four dimensions :

  • The dimension of scientific potential…
  • In the dimension of utilisation…
  • The dimension of feasibility…
  • In the dimension of relevance to Germany as a location of science and research…

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In parallel, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research commissioned a project management agency to conduct an economic evaluation of all proposals. On the basis of the results from both evaluation processes, the Federal Government will draw up the National Roadmap in the next legislative period. It is expected to be released in the beginning of 2018.


Report on the Science-driven Evaluation of Large-scale Research Infrastructure Projects for Inclusion in a National Roadmap


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