A new National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) encapsulates the Australian government’s support for research infrastructure and its aim to encourage collaboration between the research, industry and government sectors to conduct world-class research.
The NCRIS already supports 26 infrastructure projects ranging from Astronomy to Animal Health to The Heavy Ion Accelerator. Although building and maintaining such research infrastructure is costly, the University can reduce these costs by sharing them between organisations and funding them partially with federal grants.
As more facilities become available to researchers, we will need to take more responsibility to ensure these platforms are accessible and enable excellence in research. We also need to pursue opportunities to lead future infrastructure projects, and partner with faculties to deliver world-leading collaborative science facilities.