National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

Up to $1.3M is available through the NCRIS to support high-quality research that will drive greater innovation in the Australian research sector and the economy.


National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) is a national network of world-class research infrastructure projects that support high-quality research that will drive greater innovation in the Australian research sector and the economy more broadly. Projects support strategically important research through which Australian researchers and their international partners can address key national and global challenges.



Through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the Government works with the research sector to drive research excellence and its application by:

  • collaboratively identifying priorities for research infrastructure investment over the coming decade
  • catalysing research infrastructure that improves research projects by expertly addressing the scope of researcher needs
  • simultaneously addressing related end-user needs, including industry, Government and other end users
  • supporting identified priority national research infrastructure projects through the provision of grants for operating and capital expenses, supplemented by co-investment from other parties.

NCRIS supports approximately 40,000 domestic and international users each year.



The objectives of the NCRIS program are to:

  • catalyse and support a national network of research infrastructure projects
  • through the network, support high quality research that will drive greater innovation in the Australian research sector and the economy more broadly
  • empower Australian researchers to address key national and global challenges and support collaboration between researchers and other end users, such as industry both nationally and internationally.

The expected outcome of the Program is:

  • a networked set of national research infrastructure projects that collaboratively, efficiently and effectively address the Government’s research infrastructure investment priorities.



These Guidelines cover Australian Government funding of $1,283.734 million over 6 years (i.e. 2017-18 to 2022-23) for NCRIS. Grants under these Guidelines are in addition to grants awarded under earlier NCRIS Guidelines.

Grants are for identified priority national research infrastructure projects and will be provided to their established lead agents. Grant amounts may comprise funding:

  • from the Investment Plan ($393.462 million)
  • from operating funding for NCRIS projects provided through the National Innovation and Science Agenda ($820.273 million)
  • to replace the National Computational Infrastructure’s supercomputer ($70 million).



Funding under these NCRIS 2018 Guidelines will be provided from 2017-18 to 2022-23 to:

  • provide funding certainty to proponents to fund specific national research infrastructure projects and secure co-investment, and subsequently, either
    • continuation of one year in anticipation of further funding, or
    • wind-down period of one year to ensure there is no detrimental effect on researchers.

You must use the NCRIS grant (including interest earned on the grant and user income) for the following activities:

  • operational activities for eligible research infrastructure, including technical personnel to operate the infrastructure
  • maintenance of eligible research infrastructure, which may include routine replacement of equipment and plant at the end of its useful life
  • capital funding for national research infrastructure facilities
  • management, governance and administration activities required to ensure NCRIS 2018 projects are undertaken in an efficient, effective and accessible manner
  • increased engagement with and between research infrastructure providers, researchers, industry, government and other end users of research both domestically and internationally with a particular emphasis on increasing use of NCRIS-funded research infrastructure
  • project wind-up for any project identified for defunding
  • other, single cost activities that enhance the research infrastructure openly accessible by Australian researchers. Examples might include international access or membership fees.

You can use the grant to pay for:

  • operation, management and governance costs
  • salaries and on-costs for technical staff
  • infrastructure maintenance
  • infrastructure upgrades
  • utilities
  • rent
  • consumables
  • international travel and engagement
  • industry and end user engagement, outreach activities
  • other agreed expenses necessary for the proper functioning of the national research infrastructure project (excluding activities in Section 4.2 of the guidelines).

You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.



Applications close 30 June 2023.


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