National Research Infrastructure Census (NRI Census)

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

The NRI census for 2017-18 was completed in 2019, and a snapshot of the findings is now available.

The census report demonstrates:

  • NCRIS facilities are enabling world-class research - measured by the high citation rates of academic publications developed using NCRIS facilities (on average almost twice that of other similar publications)
  • The top three industries served by the NCRIS facilities remain consistent with the last census as the scientific and technical services, agriculture industry and mining industry.
  • For 2017-18, there is high usage of NCRIS facilities by both domestic and international researchers, with 65,000 domestic and 12,000 international researchers using NCRIS research infrastructure (an increase of one third in domestic users since 2016-17)
  • In 2017-18 NCRIS facilities produced 72 patents, an increase of 80 per cent over the past two years, showing substantial commercialisation outputs
  • The NCRIS program attracts significant co-investment from industry, universities and other stakeholders— estimated at $1.29 for every Australian Government dollar invested over the three financial years 2015-2018
  • Over 70 per cent of NCRIS projects provide critical or operational services to enable Federal Government policies and program delivery, as well as providing specialist advice and data
  • NCRIS facilities have shown the consistent collaborative nature of cross-disciplinary research in areas of immediate and critical importance to Australia, notably biological sciences, Medical & Health Sciences and Environmental Sciences.
  • NCRIS facilities are a significant employer for attracting and retaining highly skilled people in Australia, funding over 1,400 technical positions — with women making up a third of total NCRIS staff and holding 40 per cent of management positions

The full National Research Infrastructure Census report is now available.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with National Research Infrastructure Census (NRI Census).

Results

  1. 2014 NCRIS survey summary

    Created: 26 April 2016

    A summary of the 2014 NCRIS Survey

  2. 2015-17 National Research Infrastructure Census

    Created: 17 December 2018

    The report of the National Research Infrastructure Census for 2015-16 and 16-17 provides an aggregated picture of the use and outcomes from National Research Infrastructure (NRI...

  3. 2015-17 National Research Infrastructure Census snapshot

    Created: 17 December 2018

    A summary of the findings for the National Research Infrastructure Census for 2015-16 and 16-17 is presented in a snapshot. The 2015-17 National research Infrastructure Census...

  4. Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)

    Created: 24 September 2014  |  Last modified: 30 April 2015

    This document describes the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility.

  5. Australia’s national research infrastructure is responding to COVID-19

    Created: 18 September 2020

    Australia’s national research infrastructure is responding to COVID-19

  6. Information Sheet- Australian Animal Health Labs

    Created: 24 September 2014

    This document describes the Australian Animal Health Labs (AAHL) National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility

  7. Information Sheet- Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF)

    Created: 24 September 2014

    This document describes the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility

  8. Information Sheet- Groundwater

    Created: 24 September 2014  |  Last modified: 30 April 2015

    This document describes the Groundwater Infrastructure Research Operational Support National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility

  9. Information Sheet- Heavy Ion Accelerators (HIA)

    Created: 24 September 2014

    This document describes the Heavy Ion Accelerators (HIA) National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility

  10. Information Sheet- National Deuteration Facility (NDF)

    Created: 24 September 2014  |  Last modified: 30 April 2015

    This document describes the National Deuteration Facility (NDF) National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility

  11. Information Sheet- Nuclear Science Facilities (NSF)- Bragg Institute

    Created: 24 September 2014  |  Last modified: 30 April 2015

    This document describes the Nuclear Science Facilities (NSF) - Bragg Institute National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility.

  12. Information Sheet- Translating Health Discovery (THD)

    Created: 24 September 2014

    This document describes the Translating Health Discovery (THD) National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility

  13. National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Evaluation Report 2010

    Created: 26 November 2013

    The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Evaluation Report 2010 includes the key findings of assessment of the NCRIS program from a stakeholder survey and...

  14. National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Programme Guidelines 2015-16

    Created: 14 May 2015

    These programme guidelines for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) include funding allocations to the 27 critical facilities that have been...

  15. National Research Infrastructure Census Report 2017-18

    Created: 21 January 2020

    National Research Infrastructure Census Report 2017-18

  16. NCRIS 2018 Guidelines

    Created: 24 May 2017  |  Last modified: 25 June 2018

    Following the release of the Government's Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, the Minister for Education and Training approved the NCRIS 2018 Guidelines on 31 May 2018....

  17. NCRIS Projects 2017- Funding allocations

    Created: 24 May 2017

    Allocation of NCRIS funding to facilities and projects from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019

  18. NCRIS projects review- over arching report

    Created: 27 August 2015

    Report to the department on review conducted by KPMG on the NCRIS projects....

  19. NRI Census 2017-18 Report Snapshot

    Created: 21 January 2020

    A snapshot of key elements from the 2017-18 National Research Infrastructure census report

  20. Status report on the NCRIS eResearch capability- summary

    Created: 11 August 2015

    Summary of the report to the department on the status of national eResearch infrastructure in Australia, funded under National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy ...