The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (2016 Roadmap), developed by an Expert Working Group led by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, outlines national research infrastructure required over the coming decade so that Australia's world class research system continues to improve productivity, create jobs, lift economic growth and support a healthy environment.
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The 2016 Roadmap identifies nine focus areas that require ongoing support to ensure that Australia will be able to maintain its position as an emerging or established global leader:
- Digital Data and eResearch Platforms
- Platforms for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
- Advanced Fabrication and Manufacturing
- Advanced Physics and Astronomy
- Earth and Environmental Systems
- Complex Biology
- Therapeutic Development
Development of 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap
Since 2004, the Australian Government has invested over $3 billion to deliver world-class research infrastructure, primarily through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). The investment has been informed by Previous Research Infrastructure Roadmaps which identified priority areas for investment and the Clark Review of Research Infrastructure.
In 2015, as part of National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), the Government committed $150 million (indexed and ongoing) from 1 July 2017 to support the operational needs of research infrastructure. As part of the commitment it also announced the development of the 2016 Roadmap.
The 2016 Roadmap development process was supported by a National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper which set out proposed research infrastructure capability requirements. The Issues Paper was informed by a public submissions process and extensive consultations with key stakeholders.
Following the Issues Paper consultation and submissions process, the 2016 Draft National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (2016 Draft Roadmap), was released on 5 December 2016. Stakeholder feedback by way of a second submissions process informed the final 2016 Roadmap which was provided to Government and published on 12 May 2017.
In all, the Expert Working Group received nearly 500 written submissions and consulted with over 580 stakeholders in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Townsville, Canberra, Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne during the 2016 Roadmap development process. Consultations were undertaken with members of the research community, universities, industry, federal, state and territory governments, publicly funded research agencies and operators of research infrastructure facilities.