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.

Every two years, the Government releases a Research Infrastructure Investment Plan to support the Roadmap’s vision and ensure investment reflects ongoing technological developments. The 2021 NRI Roadmap will inform the 2022 and 2024 investment plans.

Consultations for the 2021 NRI Roadmap began in February 2021. They included a national survey which was completed by nearly 3,000 respondents and provided almost 90,000 answers to questions about how NRI is used now, and how it can address future trends, needs and challenges.

Consultations have also included:

  • meetings and workshops with the research community and its stakeholders
  • community reviews of Scoping Study Discussion Papers
  • Ideas Jams about building optimisation, resilience and transformation into NRI over the next decade, and about how to enable better collaboration with industry
  • publication of an Exposure Draft for consideration by the research community and stakeholders.
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Scoping Study Consultation

Collecting the community’s perspectives and feedback on scoping activities identified in the 2016 Roadmap.

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Facilitated Meetings

Discussions to inform how NRI can respond to needs, trends and future challenges in research and industry.

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Ideas Jams

Brainstorming the community’s ideas for how NRI can adapt and evolve over the next decade.

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Collecting community feedback on the Exposure Draft of the 2021 NRI Roadmap.

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Latest highlights

Summary Report: 2021 NRI Roadmap Survey

The 2021 NRI Roadmap Survey was built to collect a broad cross-section of views on NRI needs, trends and challenges. This summary report contains selected highlights, as well as information about how the survey was designed and who participated.

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Executive Summary: 2021 NRI Roadmap Survey

The 2021 NRI Roadmap survey collected more than 90,000 individual responses to questions from a broad range of stakeholders. The Executive Summary presents some key findings.

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  • 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 targeted facilitated meetings, online brainstorms and commissioned research, the research community and its stakeholders will provide 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.


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.

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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