29 March 2019
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BBMRI-NL is drafting a proposal for National Roadmap Large-Scale Research Infrastructure

A Large-Scale Research Infrastructure (LSRI) can only be realised through a joint effort of all parties involved. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has opened a second call for proposals of the National Roadmap LSRI. BBMRI-NL is drafting a proposal for the third BBMRI-term, and will submit the application for funding on behalf of the BBMRI-Cluster (as determined by NWO). 

Large-scale research infrastructure (LSRI) is vitally important for carrying out innovative scientific research. Additionally, it plays an important role in boosting social and economic innovation. LSRI covers facilities, resources and services that the research community uses to carry out research and facilitate innovation. Where relevant, LSRI can also be used for purposes other than research, such as education or public services.  

To realise this LSRI, NWO has set up a National Roadmap LSRI. BBMRI 1.0 (2009-2014) and BBMRI 2.0 (2015-now) were funded as part of this roadmap, among other infrastructures like The High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML) is specialised in research into and the production of the strongest continuous magnetic fields in the world. Another example is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. The BBMRI-Cluster is now aiming for a third round of funding. This will help in making the sample- and data cohorts, tools and services more sustainable and to include the latest research in machine learning and artificial intelligence. It will increase the scientific, technological and societal impact of BBMRI even further.