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WOLF, World of Large Facilities

What is WOLF ?

WOLF (World of Large Facilities) is a web-portal run by NFEC (National Facilities and Equipment Center, Korea) that provides information on the large research facilities in the world (including those in Korea). The WOLF is designed to make any researchers easily access to relevant large facilities over the world.

Please note that the information provided here does not include the whole details of each large research facility. The WOLF database will be continually updated. We hope the WOLF website helps the large research facilities in the world be more effectively and actively used for international collaborations.


For vitalizing International Collaboration Research and analysis support, LARGE FACILITIES PARTNERS include large facilities in Korea and Europe that are available for use. If you want to use the facilities, please submit a request form in the facility page.


· Top 12 Fields of Big Science and Technology in Korea Stands for the fields of science and technology that need enormous capital and human resources as well as requiring large research facilities among basic science and industrial technologies. The major big science fields performed in the United States and OECD as well as the details of Korea’s big science and technology have been analyzed in details to classify the big science and technology into a total of 12 fields in Korea.

· Who decides which RIs should be in MERIL? The MERIL office, in concertation with member state representatives (National Data Intermediaries) and, when necessary, the MERIL Advisory Committee, evaluates the eligibility of identified RIs against the criteria listed above. This evaluation is done on the basis of information provided by the RI’s facility manager. The MERIL office drives an effort to come to a consensus and holds the final authority on the MERIL- eligibility of an RI.


The WOLF is run by a non-profit government organization, NFEC (National Facilities and Equipment Center), Korea. Recently, the investment in research facilities and equipment and the effective distribution of resources are becoming more important for the sake of advancement in science.

NFEC is exclusively in charge of managing the research facilities and equipment of Korea, particularly for those installed with national R&D funds. NFEC identifies the needs for national research facilities and equipment and, based on domestic/global development in science, puts best efforts for maximizing the R&D productivity. This includes establishing and revising the relevant regulations, preparing roadmap for the national large research facilities, assigning funds and promoting the co-utilization of research facilities and equipment.