Currently funded research infrastructure projects
The Australian Government has applied a national collaborative approach to support research infrastructure projects. Funding is currently being provided to the following projects through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS 2013).
Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL)
This company supports a range of projects to ensure that Australian astronomers stay internationally competitive and have access to the best Australian and overseas astronomical research infrastructure.
Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)
This project is a national database which enables researchers and other users to find, access, combine, and visualise data on Australian plants and animals.
This project has developed a world-class infrastructure system for earth sciences, including physical infrastructure to acquire and manage data, and software to develop models and simulations.
Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)
This project has upgraded physical containment facilities at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Victoria. This helps to ensure safe handling of animal diseases.
Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF)
This facility is a national grid of equipment, instrumentation and expertise in microscopy and microanalysis for widely used and cutting edge techniques, including optical, electron and X-ray techniques. Researchers in fields as diverse as biology, metallurgy, archaeology, engineering, energy and immunology have all benefitted from this facility.
Australian National Data Service (ANDS)
This service transforms Australia's research data environment through better managing, connecting, enabling discovery and supporting the multiple use of data.
Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)
This project enables users to process or manipulate hard materials (such as metal, semiconductors and ceramics) and soft materials (such as polymers) and transform these into structures that have application in sensors, pharmaceutical and medical devices and nano electronics.
Australian Phenomics Network (APN)
This project provides Australian and international researchers with mouse models for the study of a range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes and immunological and blood disorders.
Australian Plant Phenomics Facility
This project measures the phenotype (physical attributes) of plants leading to the development of new and improved crops, healthier food, more sustainable agricultural practices, improved maintenance and regeneration of biodiversity and the use of crops to develop pharmaceuticals.
Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF)
This project is a uniquely versatile plasma research facility and is the Australian focus of basic experimental research on magnetically confined plasma. This is important in developing fusion energy; a clean, virtually inexhaustible energy source that powers the sun and stars.
Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)
This is a cooperative national project which provides built environment and urban researchers, designers and planners with electronic infrastructure to facilitate access to a distributed network of aggregated datasets and information services.
This project provides new facilities and upgrades to existing infrastructure to support research into the conversion of agricultural wastes to fuels, including a renewable biocommodities pilot plant and a photobioreactor facility.
Bioplatforms Australia (BPA)
This project provides services and scientific infrastructure in the specialist fields of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics.
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia
EMBL Australia undertakes activities that support Australia’s Associate Membership of EMBL, a hub and spoke network of Molecular Biology facilities around Europe.
The Groundwater Project has delivered six long-term groundwater monitoring sites with multiple bores and installations at each site. This will allow Australian groundwater resources to be evaluated against a background of continuing climate variability and oncoming climate change.
Heavy Ion Accelerators (HIA)
This project has achieved multiple upgrades and enhancements as part of its objectives; from the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility at the Department of Nuclear Physics to the Electronic Materials Engineering low-energy ion implanter.
Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
This national system for observing the ocean will help us to better understand climate change in Australia and improve our international collaboration and cooperation.
National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)
This project is building an internationally significant high performance computer which will prioritise Australian research in climate change, earth systems science, and national water management.
National Deuteration Facility (NDF)
This project has created Australia’s first biological and chemical deuteration facility. Deuteration is used for determining the role of molecules.
National eResearch Collaboration, Tools and Resources (NeCTAR)
This project is creating national infrastructure to provide Australian researchers with access to a full suite of digitally enabled data and analytic and modelling resources, relevant to their research, at their desktop.
National Imaging Facility (NIF)
The NIF has established a national network that provides state of the art imaging of animals, plants and materials for the Australian research community.
Nuclear Science Facilities (NSF) – Bragg Institute
This project consists of two sub-projects; the Neutron Beam Instruments Expansion; and the Centre for Accelerator Science (CAS) upgrade.
Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (Pawsey)
This project has built a high performance computer which will prioritise research in geosciences and radio astronomy, and process data including that produced by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio telescope.
Population Health Research Network (PHRN)
This project provides researchers with the ability to link de-identified population health data from a diverse and rich range of health data sets, across sectors and jurisdictions. This supports nationally and internationally significant population-level research that will improve health and wellbeing and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of health services.
Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI)
This project has built a national network of data storage that will improve the availability, management and sharing of data, to support data intensive research.
Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)
This network enables ecosystem scientists to collect, contribute, store, share and integrate data across disciplines. It encourages collaboration and nationally consistent data.
Translating Health Discovery (THD)
This project has two objectives; improving Australian capacity in translation of therapeutic discoveries into clinical applications and addressing the most pressing gaps in research infrastructure in the area of therapeutic research.