National Research Infrastructure Census (NRI Census)


As a part of the management of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the department conducts an annual census of funded facilities to observe their use, outputs and outcomes.

The NRI census for the 2015-16 and 16-17 program years was completed in 2018. A summary of the findings is presented in a snapshot.

The NRI census report shows:

  • NCRIS facilities are a ‘melting pot’ for enabling world-class research - measured by the high citation rates of academic publications developed using NCRIS facilities (on average twice that of other similar publications)
  • There were almost 2 million users of NCRIS facilities across the two years, with university-based researchers’ use of the facilities increasing 16 per cent
  • Between 2015-16 and 2016-17 nearly a 10 per cent increase in commercialisation outputs were seen in NCRIS facilities, including clinical trials supported, patents and proof of concepts
  • The NCRIS program attracts significant co-investment into facilities from industry, universities and other stakeholders— estimated to be at least at $0.88 for every dollar invested by the Australian Government
  • NCRIS facilities support research in areas of immediate and critical importance to Australia
  • NCRIS facilities are a significant employer for attracting and retaining highly skilled people in Australia, funding over 2,000 jobs—of which 25 per cent of roles are held by females