National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

National Research Infrastructure for Australia

NCRIS is a national network of world-class research infrastructure projects that support high-quality research that will drive greater innovation in the Australian research sector and the economy more broadly. Projects support strategically important research through which Australian researchers and their international partners can address key national and global challenges.

Image: The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, funded by the NCRIS, which provides state of the art infrastructure to address food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture and biofuel feed-stocks.

Through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the Government works with the research sector to drive research excellence and its application by:

  • collaboratively identifying priorities for research infrastructure investment over the coming decade
  • catalysing research infrastructure that improves research projects by expertly addressing the scope of researcher needs
  • simultaneously addressing related end-user needs, including industry, Government and other end users
  • supporting identified priority national research infrastructure projects through the provision of grants for operating and capital expenses, supplemented by co-investment from other parties.

NCRIS supports approximately 40,000 domestic and international users each year.

In December 2015, as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Government announced $150 million per year (ongoing, indexed from 1 July 2017) to support the operations of NCRIS projects. The first tranche of this funding was distributed through the NCRIS 2017 Guidelines.

Further, $1.9 billion in funding for NCRIS projects over 12 years was announced as part of the Government’s response to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (2016 Roadmap). This has enabled continued operation of world-class research infrastructure in areas such as supercomputing, nanofabrication, food production, health, environment and sustainable cities.

Since 2004, the Australian Government has invested nearly $3.3 billion to deliver world-class research infrastructure. This has attracted more than $1 billion in co-investment from state and territory governments, universities, research facilities and industry. For a list of infrastructure projects currently funded by NCRIS, go to funded research infrastructure projects.

The NCRIS network currently supports national research capability through 24 active projects and is comprised of more than 200 institutions employing well over 1900 highly skilled technical experts, researchers and facility managers.

The 2016 Roadmap outlines national research infrastructure required over the coming decade so that Australia’s world-class research system continues to improve productivity, create jobs, lift economic growth and support a healthy environment.

You can read NCRIS case studies on the real life outcomes of research conducted at NCRIS facilities, demonstrating the social and economic return from the Government’s investment in national research infrastructure.

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