Of the 21 applications received, the majority were from the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Engineering, LTH. Only one application ‒ from the Humanities Lab ‒ was made from the other faculties. In the future, the Research Board hopes for a more even distribution among the faculties. Archives, registration databases and parts of libraries are as much research infrastructure as equipment such as a mass spectrometer.
Three selection criteria have been used: Scientific quality: is the applicant’s research scientific? Who are the users, will it benefit many now and in the future? Is there a viable plan for long-term management, operation and financing?
Using these three criteria, eleven applications were selected. The eleven research infrastructures that will share SEK 20 million are:
- LU-Fold: Establishing a facility for AlphaFold prediction in Lund (Gemma Atkinson)
- Lund University Population Research Platform – LUPOP (Anna Axmon)
- Establishment of a SciLifeLab Site@LU – a cross-faculty initiative for promoting coordination and increased usage of nationally relevant research infrastructures at Lund University (Thoas Fioretos)
- Lund University Humanities Lab (Marianne Gullberg)
- The 4D Imaging Lab – a cross faculty 3D imaging and collaboration platform (Stephen Hall)
- ESS Securing current service levels and opportunities for protein sciences for Lund University researchers at the Lund Protein Production Platform (LP3) (Wolfgang Knecht)
- Infrastructure in Life Science Microfluidics (Thomas Laurell)
- Photoacoustic imaging infrastructure (Malin Malmsjö)
- Replacement of preclinical PET/CT at LBIC, LU (Pia Sundgren)
- Supercritical fluid chromatography coupled to inductive coupled plasma with mass spectrometry detection (SFC/ICP-MS) for the analysis of metals, minerals, and organometallic compounds. (Charlotta Turner)
- Table-top x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy, a Gateway to better science and large-scale facilities. (Jens Uhlig)
The funding is for the period 2023-2024, and in some cases 2023-2027.