About InfraPortal

InfraPortal is a UKRI-funded website that contains information on hundreds of research and innovation infrastructures available to UK researchers and innovators. These include major equipment, resources such as collections, archives or scientific data, e-infrastructures such as data and computing systems, and communication networks. This website does not include whole institutions such as universities, campuses, nor information on small pieces of equipment.

What is research and innovation infrastructure?

Research and innovation infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used to conduct research and foster innovation.

This includes:

  • Large-scale physical research facilities, equipment and sets of instruments, such as synchrotrons, research ships, scientific satellites and ‘living labs’ like The North Wyke Farm Platform
  • Networks of technologies and e-infrastructures including data and computing systems and communication networks, including the high-performance computing service ARCHER
  • Knowledge-based resources, including scientific, cultural and artistic collections and archives.

This database includes infrastructures from all scales, from those providing a capability that is replicated at a local scale through to those that are globally unique. Some are located within the UK, others are located in other countries or even in the seas or skies.

View our case studies to see how national infrastructure capability is supporting the UK’s research and innovation community.

Why was InfraPortal developed?

InfraPortal was developed to showcase national research and innovation infrastructure capability. It serves as a discovery tool to help researchers and innovators to identify and access infrastructure, both across the UK and internationally.

InfraPortal was created by UK Research and Innovation as part of the Infrastructure Roadmap Programme. This programme identified and catalogued hundreds of research and innovation infrastructures across the UK.

You can find more about the work of the Infrastructure Team on the UKRI website.

How does InfraPortal stay up to date?

InfraPortal is a dynamic resource that is continually being populated by the research and innovation community. For it to be sustainable and trusted, the information it contains must be complete and up to date.

We check all new entries comply with our criteria and ensure existing ones are updated by asking infrastructure content authors to review their content annually. We include the date when entries were last updated on every content page and remove any infrastructures that are not regularly updated.

How can I add my infrastructure?

InfraPortal is currently focussed on research and innovation infrastructures that provide access to users from outside the institution hosting the infrastructure. In addition, we can currently only accept infrastructures that have some reliance on public funding. However, we recognise the important contribution that industry and charities make to the research and innovation infrastructure landscape and broadening the scope of InfraPortal will be considered for the future.

If your infrastructure meets these criteria, you can register your infrastructure by creating an account.

For further guidance, please see the support section or alternatively contact us at infraportal@ukri.org.

What other tools are available?

InfraPortal has been developed to showcase hundreds of nationally significant research and innovation infrastructures which are available to UK researchers and innovators.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or need to find smaller pieces of equipment, please look at our selection of other resource catalogues.

 

InfraPortal has been developed by UK Research and Innovation using open source platforms. UKRI is not responsible for the accuracy of the content provided directly by infrastructure content authors.

If you have any questions about InfraPortal then please get in touch at infraportal@ukri.org.