Scientific infrastructure

The Netherlands participates in a number of international treaty organisations, other organisations and European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERICs) that frequently play an important role in the development and management of large-scale scientific infrastructure. In the coming strategy period, NWO will initiate a discussion with the knowledge institutions concerning the importance of these participations and how to decide about new ones. This will also require choices concerning participations to be discontinued. Moreover, collaboration with foreign research funding bodies offers opportunities to jointly realise facilities. NWO will actively investigate the possibilities to realise or jointly use facilities in collaboration with foreign research funding bodies.

NWO institutes

The NWO institutes AMOLF, ARCNL, ASTRON, CWI, DIFFER, Nikhef, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON continue to play a major role as the hosts or points of entry to large national and international research infrastructure. Many institutes fulfil an important role in big science, the fundamental and groundbreaking research that is carried out in large international collaborations. They provide an inspiring environment for researchers from the Netherlands and abroad and ensure access to national and international research facilities.

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