Science Europe publishes Open Letter on Long-term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures
In the context of a high-level conference on Research Infrastructures (RI), hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council, Science Europe has published a statement on the Long-term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures. Science Europe welcomes all efforts made to ensure the long-term sustainability of Research Infrastructures, including the latest European Commission staff working document on this topic of September 2017. Science Europe members are convinced that harmonised approaches for their evaluation, priority-setting, and funding will help deliver a strong RI base for the European Research Area.
Science Europe agrees that in situations where access and operational time to the RI are limited resources, access should be prioritised, based on a transparent review process that emphasises the scientific quality of projects. In cases where operational time needs to be reserved or is offered based on other criteria (such as education and training, partnership with industry, operator time slots), a share of access should be dedicated for use and operation based on project excellence alone: the quality of the research is the factor that ultimately ensures the beneficial impact of an RI. For those RIs that allow external access, this timeshare should be allocated following the recommendations of the European Charter for Access to RIs.
The Open Letter can be downloaded here.