About Infrastructures

Research and innovation Infrastructure are diverse and can include major equipment, resources such as collections, archives or scientific data, e-infrastructures such as data and computing systems, and communication networks. They’re used to conduct research and foster innovation and have a degree of longevity that goes beyond a short-term project. Examples of some of the UKs infrastructures include JET (Joint European Torus) for fusion energy research, the UK ARGO programme for ocean observation and the Millennium Cohort Study from the social sciences. The information displayed in this portal has been provided directly by infrastructures, many of whom participated in the development of the Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap Programme. To keep this database up-to-date, infrastructures are required to verify their entries on a biennial basis and a “last updated” tag is included for the users’ benefit. 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. All entries in the portal must provide access to users from outside the institution hosting the infrastructure. At present this portal displays infrastructures with 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 the portal will be considered for the future.

Research and innovation infrastructure case studies

To promote and showcase the breadth of UK infrastructure capability to researchers, innovators, international partners and businesses, we have put together a representative snapshot of some examples of the UK infrastructure within and beyond UKRI to appreciate the range and opportunities the UK provides. View the infrastructure case studies online