Research infrastructures form a reserve of research facilities, equipment, materials and services. As such, they enable research and development at various stages of innovation, while supporting organised research, researcher training and teaching. They also support and develop research and innovation capacity.
Research infrastructures consist of equipment, information networks, databases, multidisciplinary research centres, research stations, collections, libraries and related user services, where these are fundamental to research. In general, major research infrastructures are international and open to collaborative use, providing cooperation possibilities to researchers both abroad and in Finland.