$16 million boost for research and innovation

Wednesday 27 July 2016


Boosting its support and commitment to national research and innovation, the government has announced funding of $16 million to strengthen 10 existing research infrastructure projects at the leading edge of science and technology.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced the funding at the University of Adelaide which includes support for upgrades to national high performance computing to support world leading climate modelling, a state-of-the art scanner for large animal research, and upgrades to advanced nano fabrication to support bio-implantables and organic electronics.

Funding has been made available under the government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Agility Fund that is helping to drive innovation by supporting leading edge national research infrastructure projects vitally important to Australia’s economic future.

Minister Birmingham said the projects being funded will strengthen the NCRIS network and continue to support researchers and end users of research such as business and industry to achieve greater innovation across the economy.

Today’s announcement comes as the Expert Working Group, led by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, begins public consultations on its work towards developing the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.

Information on the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap is available at:


A full list of projects funded under the NCRIS Agility Fund is below:

NCRIS Project

Lead agent



Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility

University of Sydney

Upgrade of flagship instrument suite 

Ensure technology offerings are maintained at the cutting edge to continue to generate world-leading research outcomes.



Australian National Fabrication Facility


ANFF National Packaging, Integration and Calibration Platform

Replace infrastructure to support advances in bio-implantables and organic electronics.



Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network

University of Melbourne

Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Enhancement Project

Replace hardware which is essential to improve the built environment.


Bioplatforms Australia

Bioplatforms Australia Ltd

Advancing Australia’s Genomics Capability

Replace old instrumentation to enable unprecedented biological insights for almost all sectors of life science.


Heavy Ion Accelerators

Australian National University

Restoring High Voltage Accelerator Performance

Replace components to improve and restore accelerator performance.


Integrated Marine Observing System

University of Tasmania

Integrated Marine Observing System Infrastructure

Replace monitoring infrastructure for necessary, urgent and high priority needs.


National Computational Infrastructure

Australian National University

Sustaining the National Computational Infrastructure: a Strategic, Integrated Investment

Urgent augmentation of supercomputing capability.


National Imaging Facility

University of Queensland

Replacement of the Flagship Instrument MRI scanner at the SAHMRI Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility

Purchase a replacement scanner for the only purpose built large animal research facility.


National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources

University of Melbourne

Australian Research community clouds

Augment the Australian BioSciences Cloud to incorporate the Australian Ecosystems Science Cloud and the Australian Marine Sciences Cloud.


Translating Health Discovery into clinical applications

Therapeutic Innovation Australia Ltd

Translating Health Discoveries into Clinical and Commercial Outcomes

Replace infrastructure to comply with recent modifications to international standards and improve the development of novel therapeutics.