Eminent Australians to develop research infrastructure roadmap

Wednesday 23 March 2016


A select group of eminent Australian’s from the research community, the university sector, industry and government have been brought together to map out priorities for critical national research infrastructure vital to our nation’s future over the coming decade.

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham has announced the make-up of the Expert Working Group that is tasked with setting the future direction of national research infrastructure, including through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

The Minister said development of this roadmap is critical if Australia is to build on its international reputation as a vibrant centre for innovation and research excellence.

“The Expert Working Group, led by Dr Alan Finkel AO, the Chief Scientist for Australia, will consult widely with researchers, and other stakeholders such as end users of research including industry and business, to develop a national ten year plan to underpin Australian research and identify future national research infrastructure priorities and areas for investment” Minister Birmingham said.

The Minister said the research infrastructure roadmap is a critical strategic document. It will underpin future investment in NCRIS from July 2017. NCRIS currently supports national research infrastructure by providing facilities and services to over 35,000 researchers, both domestically and internationally, through 27 projects and facilities delivered by 222 institutions across Australia.

The Roadmap is expected to be completed later this year.

Further information about the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap and the full list of Expert Working Group members can be found here:

Minister Birmingham’s media release, which includes the list of research infrastructure projects funded under NCRIS in 2016-17, is also available.