Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (CRIS)


The Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (CRIS) is an interim funding solution to allow priority research infrastructure projects funded under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and/or the Super Science Initiative to remain operational. CRIS complements the NCRIS-continuation measure in the 2013-14 budget.

CRIS will provide funding to support the operations of priority projects funded under NCRIS and/or the Super Science Initiative during the 2013 and 2014 calendar years.


Funding of $60 million to establish CRIS has been redirected from existing research block grants as follows: the Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBG), Joint Research Engagement (JRE), and Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE) in Universities.

Selection Process

A Universities Australia-Government Consultative Group was established to oversee the CRIS process and to advise on the prioritisation of funding to eligible facilities.

The Consultative Group conducted a competitive selection process during October and November 2012. As a result, the Consultative Group recommended that 16 of the total 20 applicants receive funding; a list of those applicants is available.

The Department is finalising agreements which will allow the funding to flow to the research infrastructure providers.


The guidelines applying to CRIS are contained in the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012.


The CRIS grant amounts have been provided to Higher Education Providers on the basis of the conditions outlined in the CRIS Conditions of Grant document.



For more information, please email: with ‘CRIS’ as the subject line.