National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

Logo text: NCRIS National Research Infrastructure for Australia

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) delivers world class research facilities so that Australian researchers can solve complex problems both here in Australia and around the globe. NCRIS is the most efficient and strategic way to invest in national scale research infrastructure, driving collaboration to bring economic, environmental, health and social benefits for Australia.

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 NCRIS, go to funded research infrastructure projects.

The NCRIS network currently supports national research capability through 27 active projects and is comprised of 222 institutions employing almost 1700 highly skilled technical experts, researchers and facility managers. NCRIS facilities are used by over 35,000 researchers, both domestically and internationally.

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

Project funding

The Government has committed an additional $300 million over two years from 30 June 2015 to fund the ongoing operations of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

This additional two years of funding for NCRIS projects will provide time for the independent Research Infrastructure Review to address the issues raised by the National Commission of Audit.  The Review will report in mid-2015 with recommendations for ongoing funding for research infrastructure provision and requirements

Guidelines for NCRIS 2015

On 14 May 2015, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Minister for Education and Training approved the guidelines for the allocation of NCRIS funds for a 12 month period between 2015-2016.

Review of Research Infrastructure

In 2014, the National Commission of Audit (NCOA) found that:

Quality research infrastructure is a critical component of Australia’s research and development system and, since 2001, the Commonwealth Government has provided a series of funding programmes for large-scale research infrastructure.

The NCOA recommended that:

the Government take a more strategic, whole of government approach to the funding of research and development, including by committing to ongoing funding for critical research infrastructure in Australia, informed by a reassessment of existing research infrastructure provision and requirements.

The Minister for Education and Training has established the Research Infrastructure Review to advise the Australian Government on future research infrastructure provision and requirements to support research. The Review is expected to deliver its findings in mid-2015.

The Terms of Reference for the Review and membership are available below:

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.

More recently, an evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiencies of the projects currently funded under NCRIS was undertaken in 2014. The results of this evaluation will be available by mid-2015.

Contact us

For more information email ncris@education.gov.au