National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

Logo text: 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.

Australian Government National Innovation and Science Agenda

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 users each year.

Further funding for NCRIS projects was announced as part of the Government’s response to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (2016 Roadmap) and Research Infrastructure Investment Plan (Investment Plan). This funding builds on the Government’s December 2015 National Innovation and Science Agenda. It enables continued operation of critical super-computer capacity and world-class research infrastructure in areas such as nanofabrication, food production, health, environment and sustainable cities.

Since 2004, the Australian Government has invested over $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 27 active projects and is comprised of 222 institutions employing well over 1900 highly skilled technical experts, researchers and facility managers. NCRIS facilities are used by over 40,000 researchers, both domestically and internationally.

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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