The Australian Government provides support for research infrastructure to enable Australian researchers to deliver lasting returns to the Australian community.
Research Infrastructure Programs and Initiatives
The Science and Research Division administers a number of programs that provide support for research infrastructure.
2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure
The 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure [PDF 3.7MB] [RTF 9.3MB] (2011 Roadmap) was released by Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, on 30 September 2011. The 2011 Roadmap articulates the priority research infrastructure areas of a national scale (capability areas) to further develop Australia's research capacity and improve innovation and research outcomes over the next five to ten years.
The 2011 Roadmap has been developed through a broad consultative process. Six Expert Working Groups [PDF 26KB] [RTF 174KB] were established to provide specialist advice and assist with the development of the 2011 Roadmap.
A Discussion Paper [PDF 1.5MB] [RTF 1.3MB] was released for comment on 25 March 2011 and the public responses are available on the Discussion Paper Submissions page. An Exposure Draft of the 2011 Roadmap [PDF 1MB] [RTF 3.6MB] was released on 27 June 2011 and public responses are available on the Exposure Draft Submissions page.
For further information about the 2011 Roadmap, please email Roadmap2011@innovation.gov.au or write to us at:
Research Infrastructure Branch
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601
Information relating to the previous Research Infrastructure Roadmaps (2008 and 2006) can be found on the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) website.
National Research Infrastructure Council (NRIC)
In May 2009, the National Research Infrastructure Council was established by the Government to provide strategic advice on research infrastructure investment. Having completed its key tasks, the operation of NRIC was concluded in June 2012 following the creation in November 2011 of the Australian Research Committee (ARCom). ARCom’s key role is to develop a National Research Investment Plan, but also to advise on national research infrastructure.