Helmholtz-Roadmap for Research Infrastructure
This roadmap presents a list that has been coordinated within the Helmholtz Association of those research infrastructures which will be strategically relevant for the Helmholtz Association, or in the individual research fields, for implementation of the scientific portfolio.
These projects are regarded as being desirable and necessary in the six research fields of the Association from a scientific point of view and in consideration of scientific policies. The roadmap of the Helmholtz Association is based on role models such as the ESFRI [European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures] roadmap. The list that has been coordinated in the individual research fields with the prioritised research infrastructures over the next ten years, from a current point of view, is supplemented by an overview of the planned building period and estimated investment costs, as well as a brief profile for each research infrastructure. The list of Helmholtz projects is supplemented with a list of those ESFRI projects, in the preparation and implementation of which, the Helmholtz Centres are now already significantly involved.
The Helmholtz Roadmap serves as a basis:
- for discussing the strategic planning with the sponsors. It therefore forms a cornerstone for binding planning within the BMBF [Federal Ministry of Education and Research] processes, e.g. for preparation of a national roadmap.
- for consultations on the strategies for financings, setup and operation of the research infrastructures using already-formulated evaluation criteria and processes (i.e. using precise timescales and budgets, summary cost estimates, setting priorities, including the planning for closures/switch-offs and [new] structuring of the management for these infrastructures),
- for independent assessment of the research infrastructures by the Science Council, if applicable,
- for concrete consultation with the user community,
- and not least, for the ongoing discussion within the Helmholtz Association itself, for regular revision and updating of the Association’s research portfolio, as well as the infrastructure planning.