The Federal Government has released the 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure which sets out the Government’s priority areas for national, collaborative research infrastructure over the next five to ten years.


The new Roadmap follows the first Strategic Roadmap, developed in 2006, which identified the priority capabilities for investments under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), and the 2008 Strategic Roadmap which  formed the basis for the Australian Government’s 2009 Super Science Initiative funded from the Education Investment Fund (EIF).


Funding under NCRIS concluded on 30 June 2011, and funding from the Super Science Initiative is fully allocated and will conclude on 30 June 2013.


The 2011 Roadmap outlines priority areas for national, collaborative research infrastructure if there were to be additional funding available through any future government programs.


Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said facilities funded as a result of previous roadmaps were achieving great things and a number had been recognised as world-leading initiatives.


“This Roadmap will certainly focus those efforts and it will complement the work being undertaken across the Government to ensure a richer, fairer and greener future, with high-skill, high-wage jobs,” the Senator said.


The Roadmap was developed by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research in consultation with the research community and a range of stakeholders.


A copy of the Roadmap is available at