NCRIS 2015-16 funding allocations announced

Media Release
  • Minister for Education and Training
  • Leader of the House

Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced funding allocations to 27 critical facilities under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), funded for a further two years in the Federal Budget.

The Australian Government will allocate $150 million in 2015-16 to NCRIS facilities, the first half of the Government’s $300 million commitment, including $150 million for 2016-17.

“NCRIS delivers world class research facilities, providing access to precision instruments, world class data and analytical capacity as well as high quality technical and support staff, so that Australian researchers can solve complex problems both here in Australia and around the globe,” Minister Pyne said.   

The NCRIS facilities support a wide range of nationally significant research outcomes, including:

  • better understanding of health outcomes by sharing information from patients,
  • breakthroughs in cancer testing leading to more personalised treatment,
  • deepening our understanding of the oceans, our fisheries, weather and climate,
  • breakthroughs in quantum computing,
  • improved crop productivity, and
  • more detailed environmental monitoring for planning and remediation.

“A stronger research sector is vital to a prosperous future for Australia, and this renewed backing reflects how committed the Government is to supporting their essential work.”

This will provide much needed growth in funding for NCRIS projects, which have been coping with the uncertainty created by the previous government’s failure to provide the ongoing funding for this scheme.

“This new injection of funding will also boost our ability to participate in international research initiatives like the Square Kilometre Array,” Minister Pyne said.

The extension of funding will allow NCRIS to continue while the Australian Government considers a sustainable long term funding strategy after the review of research infrastructure, chaired by Mr Philip Marcus Clark AM, which will report in mid-2015.

The 2015-16 NCRIS guidelines can be found at www.education.gov.au/ncris.

The 2015-16 allocations by project are attached.

 

Attachment A

2015-16 project allocations [1]

 

Project

2015/16

$

Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)

1,452,000

Astronomy Australia (AAL)

8,644,000

Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)

4,603,000

Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (AMMRF)

3,561,000

Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

9,196,000

Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)

12,192,000

ANSTO Nuclear Science Facilities

6,463,000

Australian Phenomics Network (APN)

4,367,000

Australian Plant Phenomics Network (APPF)

3,678,000

Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF)

728,000

Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)

2,079,000

AuScope

7,284,000

Biofuels

321,000

Bioplatforms Australia (BPA)

13,812,000

EMBL Australia

4,000,000

Groundwater (GIROS)

429,000

Heavy Ion Accelerators (HIA)

1,558,000

Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)

13,963,000

National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)

5,383,000

National Deuteration Facility (NDF)

597,000

National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR)

4,942,000

National Imaging Facility (NIF)

2,929,000

Pawsey High Performance Computing Centre

5,668,00

Population Health Research Network (PHRN)

4,269,000

Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI)

5,196,000

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

5,925,000

Translating Health Discovery into Clinical Applications (THD)

3,642,000

TOTAL NCRIS 27 Projects

136,881,000

Contingency/Agility fund [2]

13,119,000

TOTAL

150,000,000

 

[1] Pending finalisation of business plans with lead agent.

[2] The maintenance of a contingency/agility fund is to allow for any necessary, urgent or high priority allocations during 2015-16.

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