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Future-Proofing and Improving Research Infrastructures in Ireland

04 December 2018

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The Research Infrastructures Working Group has published a recommendations report outlining high level evidence-based recommendations to address the deficiencies in the Irish research infrastructure system.

The Research Infrastructures Working Group convened and conducted a survey in April 2018 . The results painted a worrying picture with 90% of STEM researchers and 85% of AHSS respondents identifying gaps and deficits in the availability of research infrastructures relevant to their discipline. Building and equipment maintenance, access to online databases, core support for research work and inadequate IT facilities were highlighted as critical issues for all disciplines. 

Building on this preliminary exploration, the working group held a discussion workshop in June 2018 to facilitate a sector-wide discussion on the actions necessary to address the identified and widely accepted weaknesses in the existing research infrastructure base. Following this, the Academy released a pre-budget submission, Research Infrastructures in Ireland: Strengthening Foundations, Building for the Future , and spoke extensively with key policy stakeholders to highlight the key issues identified by the research community. This was followed up with the release of a survey report 

The work of this group has now culminated with a recommendations report, Future-Proofing and Improving Research Infrastructures in Ireland, which details a set of high-level evidence-based recommendations to address the issues discovered related to Irish research infrastructures.

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