Infrastructure for experimental research on large animals
One of U-Share’s aims is to develop a joint infrastructure for experimental research on large animals. In 2017, a proposal was submitted in the Swedish Research Council’s inventory of needs for research infrastructure. The proposal was recently prioritised as A1, which means that it is considered as having potential to become an infrastructure of national interest and is ready for a call.
The proposed infrastructure involves creating a new state-of-the-art platform for research on large animals by upgrading, expanding and coordinating existing animal facilities. The aim is to provide possibilities to develop and validate models in large animal species, and to facilitate the use of these models nationwide.
Several universities and governmental agencies besides SLU and UU are involved in planning the infrastructure. In April 2018, representatives from the potential co-applicant organisations and users met to discuss the structure of the facility. The main node is intended to be in Uppsala, with facilities at other sites integrated in the infrastructure organisation. Following the Research Council’s decision to prioritise the proposed infrastructure, the plans for
establishing the facility will be intensified.