Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap released for comment

Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap released for comment

19th December, 2016

The draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap has been released for sector feedback. The final Roadmap will guide the Australian Government in its national infrastructure investment decisions over the next ten years.

The draft has been developed following extensive consultations and from feedback on an earlier Issues Paper.

The Expert Working Group are keen to hear feedback on the key recommendations and the research infrastructure focus areas outlined in the draft Roadmap.

AAMRI will be putting forward a submission in response to the draft Roadmap. AAMRI members are asked to send any feedback they wish to see incorporated into AAMRI’s submission to peter.thomas@aamri.org.au by 10 January 2016.

A summary of the key recommendations and research infrastructure roadmap is available below and a copy of the draft research infrastructure roadmap is available from the Department of Education.

Key recommendations

1. Adopt Nine Focus (outlined below) areas that build on our existing national capabilities, and complement the National Science and Research Priorities and the Industry Growth Centres.

2. Establish a Research Infrastructure National Advisory Group to provide independent advice to Government on future planning and investment for a whole of government response to research infrastructure.

3. Develop a roadmap investment plan that will engage with governments, universities, industry, research institutions and research agencies.

4. Address the needs of complementary initiatives such as the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and the Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF).

5. Recognise that a skilled workforce is critical to national research infrastructure, with a commitment to training and career progression.

6. Note that existing landmark facilities will require ongoing investment (e.g. Australian animal Health Laboratory, Australian Synchrotron, and the OPAL Nuclear Research Reactor).

7. Implement a coordinated approach to international engagement.

8. Raise awareness of national research infrastructure through outreach activities.

9. Urgently address national high performance computing (HPC) needs.

Research infrastructure focus areas

Digital Data and eResearch

  • Tier 1 HPC
  • Create national research data cloud
  • Research networks
  • Access and authentication

Platforms for HASS

  • Integrated and coordinated HASS platform
  • Harmonised platforms for Indigenous research
  • Harmonised platforms for social sciences research


  • National network of microscopy and microanalysis
  • National network of biomedical imaging
  • Neutron scattering, deuteration, beam instrumentation, imaging and isotope production
  • Synchrotron capabilities
  • Accelerators for imaging

Advanced Fabrication and Manufacturing

  • Fabrication of materials and devices on a micro or nanoscale
  • Bioengineering and bio fabrication
  • Engineering capability for new classes of fabricated devices

Astronomy and Advanced Physics

  • Astronomy infrastructure
  • International accelerator programs and instruments
  • Precision measurement
  • National nuclear facilities

Environmental Systems

  • Environmental prediction system
  • Inward focused Earth monitoring and exploration
  • Remotely sensed Earth observations
  • Agricultural integrated networks
  • Marine systems


  • National network for containment and prevention of endemic and exotic human and animal diseases
  • National network for the containment and prevention of endemic and exotic aquaculture diseases
  • National network for the containment and prevention of endemic and exotic plant diseases
  • Network the national, state and territory biosecurity testing facilities

Complex biology

  • Network to drive translation of omics data
  • Plant phenomics
  • Networked biobanks
  • Software engineering, bioinformatics and automation

Therapeutic Development

  • High throughput methods for candidate discovery, manufacturing and testing
  • Bioengineering solutions for next-generation products and devices
  • Advanced health research translation
  • Integration of existing and emerging large-scale population, tissue, microbial and genomics datasets