A new study provided by ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures, provides "Guidelines on Cost Estimation of Research Infrastructures". The guidelines were developed in the framework of the StR-ESFRI project (Support to Reinforce the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures), to provide a conceptual and methodological tool for cost estimation of Research Infrastructures (RIs) included (or willing to be) in the ESFRI Roadmap.
ESFRI states that adoption and use of the cost analysis will strengthen the reliability of the cost information reported in the ESFRI Roadmap updates, and will provide solid reference values for the monitoring activities of ESFRI on the Projects and on the periodic update of the Landmarks status of the operational RIs. The report provides a unified framework to gather data concerning costs along life cycle of RIs in a harmonised way. It illustrates general principles and suggests technical solutions when data seem not immediately available or difficult to estimate. It also takes into account the specificities of different typologies of RIs, which are active in different research domains and adopt different accounting systems.
Guidelines on Cost Estimation of Research Infrastructures (download)