Swedish Bioimaging (Svenska nätverket för biomedicinsk avbildning) is a network aiming at facilitating collaboration between researchers in Sweden working in bioimaging and related fields. Bioimaging methods are today an integral part in both biomedical research and clinical practice, and spans the full spectrum from molecule to man.
As a research infrastructure, Swedish Bioimaging has also by the Swedish Research Council (VR) (http://www.vr.se/inenglish) been given the responsibility to co-ordinate and facilitate the use of certain facilities for biological and medical imaging, specifically supported by VR, and to act as a point of contact for bioimaging networks in the Nordic countries and Europe (EuroBioimaging).
VR is presently reviewing proposals submitted in 2015 by the scientific community for new, maintained and upgraded research infrastructures to be of national and potential European interest, one of which is Swedish Bioimaging.
The present format and responsibilities for Swedish Bioimaging will not be valid after 2017. For biological imaging, a new infrastructure is being established with support from VR and the host universities and is expected to be up and running in June 2016, aiming for an operation as a national infrastructure for advanced biological imaging open to scientists nationwide.
Coordination and organization of the present and proposed infrastructures for medical imaging will depend on VR’s ongoing evaluation and prioritization during 2016. The 2017 edition of the VR Guide to Infrastructures (http://www.vr.se/inenglish/researchinfrastructure/guidetoresearchinfrastructures) will be an important tool for prioritization of infrastructures and govern subsequent calls for proposals. The production of the guide will be based on the open inventory of needs presented by various interested parties. Only the infrastructure prioritized in the guide and after consultations with potential host organizations can then apply for grants in the calls for proposals.
During 2016-2017, the activities of Swedish Bioimaging will focus on promoting the use of national facilities, training and networking among the scientists and the imaging society in Sweden at large.