Research infrastructures (RI) refer to facilities, resources (including human) and related services needed by the research community to conduct research in any scientific or technological field. Due to the large number of research communities and complex research needs, there are very different types of research infrastructures with specific characteristics.The use of research infrastructure mapping leads to a better use of the existing and more considerate development of future research infrastructures helping to avoid duplications and redundancies. A comprehensive information base about the European RI landscape enhances and optimizes RIs and their access by scientists and innovation developers, which is a key ingredient for competitiveness as well as a necessary basis for tackling grand societal challenges.

Integration of this information in the design of regional smart specialization process can help RIS3 stakeholders make strategic choices and support a coherent and strategy-led approach to RDI competence development in European Research Area.

The data that have been used in this application have been extracted from the Meril portal, by the National Documentation Center EKT/ EIE, under the Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives NonCommercial 4.0 Licence. Since Meril has not yet launched any mapping tool, the Online S3 Research Infrastructure Mapping tool is the one to be used (more up to date in comparison with the EU existing tools).

The logical steps of the application, based on its methodological description are:

  • Step 1. The user chooses either to search for a National RI/ESFRI or to add one
  • Step 2. The application displays either information for a Research Infrastructure on the map or a form to be completed (see Step 5).
  • Step 3. The user proceeds with a selection of filters applied to the data.
  • Step 4. Report synthesis and research infrastructures mapping overview.
  • Step 5. (optional) Update the list of RIs by adding a new or missing RI.
Figure 1 Overview of the information flows within the Research Infrastructures Mapping application.

Figure 1 Overview of the information flows within the Research Infrastructures Mapping application.