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