A new mode of investment has emerged that recognises the need to deliver infrastructure that supports priority research areas and is available to researchers across Australia.
This new approach is strategic in nature, encourages a collaborative approach, and provides Australia with the national research facilities and linkages needed to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Australia’s approach to infrastructure investment draws together organisations in the higher education, government, non-profit and business sectors. These linkages ensure that research outcomes are translated into tangible national benefit such as increased productivity and the development of new products by business, and the improved management of health, environment and security issues by government.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) has been a catalyst for this change. This significant investment in infrastructure funding has been based on new ways of thinking about how Australia can plan and invest in facilities and networks that support world class research across the innovation system.