National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

Logo text: NCRIS National Research Infrastructure for Australia

Sustainable and effectively targeted investment in world-class national-scale research infrastructure underpins Australia’s capacity to innovate and secure our long-term prosperity. Australia’s leading‑edge research infrastructure network provides the equipment and expertise to enable Australian researchers to do world class research, and Australia’s industries to increase their productivity through new products and processes.

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facilitates strong partnerships between the research sector, business, industry and government to actively support world-class research.

Since 2004, the Australian Government has invested over $2.5 billion to deliver world-class research infrastructure. This has attracted more than $1 billion in co-investment from state and territory governments, universities, research facilities and industry. For a list of infrastructure projects funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and other initiatives, go to funded research infrastructure projects.

The NCRIS network currently supports national research capability through 27 active projects and facilities that employ more than 1500 highly skilled technical experts, researchers and facility managers in 222 institutions. The network supports an estimated 30,000 researchers both domestically and internationally.

You can read NCRIS case studies that illustrate the real life outcomes of research conducted at NCRIS facilities, and demonstrate the social and economic return from the Government’s investment in national research infrastructure.

Project funding

As emphasised by the 2014 National Commission of Audit, quality research infrastructure is a critical component of Australia’s research and development system.

Accordingly, the government has committed an additional $150 million in 2015–16 to fund the NCRIS.

This additional year of funding for NCRIS projects will provide time for the Government to consider the National Commission of Audit recommendation that ongoing funding for research infrastructure could be informed by a reassessment of existing research infrastructure provision and requirements.

Review of Research Infrastructure

The Minister for Education and Training has established the Review of Research Infrastructure to advise the Australian Government on critical research infrastructure to support research. The Review is expected to deliver findings to the Minister at the end of May 2015.

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Enquiries regarding the Review should be directed to researchinfrastructure@education.gov.au

Evaluation

A 2010 evaluation found that the NCRIS model for funding medium to large scale research infrastructure is appropriate, effective and superior to previous models.

An evaluation of the projects currently funded under NCRIS is underway and is expected to be finalised before the end of 2014.

Contact us

For more information email ncris@education.gov.au