Welcome to the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap

Every five years, the Australian Government consolidates and renews its policy approach to national research infrastructure (NRI) investment by engaging the research community and its stakeholders in the development of a strategic roadmap.

For the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, we have designed a consultation process that will be delivered mostly online, to pre-empt any issues with COVID-19 related border closures.

In June, almost 3,000 people responded to a preliminary survey, designed to gather insights into how researchers and other stakeholders are currently interacting with Australia’s NRI, what they need from it now and in the future, and what they see as the emerging trends and challenges.

In the months ahead, we will be running a series of facilitated meetings and online brainstorms to explore those needs and discuss how they might be addressed. These activities will inform the development of the 2021 Roadmap Exposure Draft.

Later in the year, we will be calling for feedback on the Exposure Draft via submissions uploaded to this website. The submissions portal will only be opened after the Exposure Draft is released.

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Timeline

  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Phase 4
  • Final
  • Identifying the needs

    In June, a nationally circulated survey collected insights on how the research community and its stakeholders interact with Australia’s NRI, what they need from it now and in the future, and what they see as the emerging trends and challenges.

  • Exploring the solutions

    Through a series of facilitated meetings and online brainstorms, the research community and its stakeholders will share their input into how the national research infrastructure should evolve in response to the needs, trends and challenges identified.

  • Developing the exposure draft

    Informed by the ideas and discoveries of the consultation process to date, an Exposure Draft of the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap will be developed and released for public comment.

  • Collecting feedback

    The Exposure Draft will be published on the website and stakeholders asked to provide feedback via online submissions. Those submissions will guide the development of a final draft to be presented by the Expert Working Group to the Australian Government.

  • Government response

    The Australian Government will respond to the recommendations of the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap through its 2022 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan.

Roadmap stories & news

Check out the success stories from the 2016 Roadmap and see what we’re discovering in the 2021 Roadmap.

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Media Release: New roadmap for Australian research infrastructure

Media Release by The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Education and Youth and The Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

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Helping mango farmers improve their harvest

Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) supported researchers from Central Queensland University to develop “FruitMaps”, which translates sensor data from mango farms to help farmers make the best decisions.

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Uncovering a new layer of history in southwest Victoria

A research project aligned an ancient volcanic eruption with oral traditions from the local Gunditjmara people, which means they may be the longest-lived traditions in the world.

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National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) supports the excellence of the Australian research community through a network of world-class research infrastructure.

NCRIS currently supports 22 funded projects, plus pilot projects and an international membership.

NCRIS Facilities Map
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“We need to think beyond the limits of the present, with as much foresight as we can muster, and we need to be prepared for the unexpected. The National Research Infrastructure Roadmap allows us the opportunity to devise a plan that will be useful and relevant not just five years from now, but into the future.”

Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM
Chief Scientist