The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has revealed a comprehensive overview of 47 international Research Infrastructure (RI) memberships, in their report “Analysis of the Dutch participation in international research infrastructures”, shedding light on their significance for Dutch academic research. Led by Jan de Boer, NWO board member, the analysis stresses the unique value each membership brings across diverse scientific fields. 

The memberships considered in this analysis are those of international facilities on the ESFRI Roadmap 2021, in the EIROforum, as well as memberships of RIs previously selected for NWO funding.

The report emphasizes the need for a national portfolio to guide decisions on entering or continuing memberships, highlighting the complexity of international infrastructures. De Boer calls for clarity on stakeholder roles and responsibilities, urging the development of a sustainable national portfolio policy with stable, long-term funding. 

Based on consultations with the Dutch scientific community, the report aims to monitor the added value of Dutch global research memberships every five years. This move positions the Netherlands for enhanced collaboration and strategic investments in international research infrastructures, with the next comprehensive report scheduled for 2028.

The full report is available for download here

Read Jan De Boer's interview on the report here,