3. What is the Permanent Committee for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure?

The Permanent Committee for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure is one of the outcomes of the Dutch Cabinet’s 2025 Vision for Science and was appointed by NWO in July 2015 on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The ministry’s request to the committee was to develop a national strategy for investments in large-scale research facilities. One of the committee’s key tasks was to submit a proposal for updating the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Research Facilities (see FAQ 6 for an explanation). The first step was to itemise all of the large-scale research facilities in the Netherlands that are accessible to researchers. The results can be found on the website. The committee also determined the need for new facilities, both for fundamental research and applied research. Together, the existing facilities and proposed new facilities are the basis for the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities that the committee will present to NWO later this year. The committee is also exploring the possibilities for public–public and public–private partnerships in the development of new facilities and the use of existing facilities.