Current NSW NCRIS Facilities


Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) with Macquarie University

AAO Macquarie is a world leader in the development of innovative telescope instrumentation for astronomical surveys of the night skies. AAO-Macquarie has significant expertise in developing innovative technology for use in astronomical instruments, in developing data systems for the storage and access of data from such instruments, and in using these instruments for scientific research. Source: aao.gov.au/


Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering – Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering is part of an international network of organisations with neutron sources that delivers world-competitive neutron scattering science from Australian and international users. Research at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering been used to determine the internal structure of many types of materials, helping scientists understand why materials have the properties they do, and helping tailor new materials, devices and systems. Source: ansto.gov.au/research/facilities/australian-centre-for-neutron-scattering


Australian National Fabrication Facility

The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) was founded in 2007 to provide access to micro and nanofabrication equipment, essential to Australia’s scientific future. Enabled by NCRIS, ANFF has become a cornerstone of research in Australia, and now represents an investment of more than $400m in research infrastructure made by Commonwealth and State Governments, as well as partner organisations. Source: anff.org.au/


Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry

The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) is an online register of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. The ANZCTR includes trials from the full spectrum of therapeutic areas of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, preventive measures, lifestyle, devices, treatment and rehabilitation strategies and complementary therapies.

In 2007 the ANZCTR was one of the first three trial registries to be recognised by the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (WHO ICTRP) as a Primary Registry. WHO recognises registries as Primary Registries if they fulfil certain criteria with respect to data content, quality and validity, accessibility, unique identification, technical capacity and administration. Source: anzctr.org.au/


Biologics Innovation Facility – University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

The Biologics Innovation Facility at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is an unmatched Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) training and teaching facility designed to drive opportunities to invent, up-skill and scale-up projects using state of the art equipment and best practice processing techniques.

The state-of-the-art single use biomanufacturing equipment gives the fast-changing biotech and pharmaceutical sector the opportunity to have employees locally trained and upskilled in both upstream and downstream processing techniques. Source: uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/climate-change-cluster/about-us/facilities/biologics-innovation-facility


Bioplatforms Australia

Bioplatforms Australia enables Australian life science research by investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure and associated expertise in the specialist fields of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics. Bioplatforms Australia creates open-data initiatives through collaborative research projects, which build critical ‘omic datasets that support scientific challenges of national importance. Source: bioplatforms.com/


Centre for Accelerator Science – Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

The Centre for Accelerator Science is a world-leading centre for ion beam analysis and accelerator mass spectrometry. The Centre is recognised internationally for the excellence of its operations and expertise of its staff. It attracts national and international users from academia, publicly-funded research agencies, industry and government. Source: ansto.gov.au/research/facilities/centre-for-accelerator-science


Earth Composition and Evolution – Auscope

AuScope provides geoscientists with world-class research ‘toolkit’ to help tackle Australia’s key geoscience challenges, and improve Australian life and the environment.

Earth Composition & Evolution provides researchers with tools necessary to understand the age and geochemical evolution of the Australian continent. This knowledge can be applied to mineral exploration, global change, and natural hazard research. Source: auscope.org.au/earth-composition-and-evolution


Groundwater Infrastructure Program – UNSW Sydney

$15 million has been invested in groundwater infrastructure, to establish long-term groundwater monitoring sites across Australia with a particular emphasis on groundwater change in response to climate variability.

UNSW, Australia with collaboration of expertise from Flinders University, Australian National University, University of Queensland and Monash University have developed sites to provide advanced groundwater monitoring facilities. Some sites are connected to the web and updated every 24 hours. The majority of sites are updated manually.

There are six main groundwater monitoring sites in four states. The sites have been selected to cover the range of climate zones and aquifer properties experienced in Australia. Source: connectedwaters.unsw.edu.au/ncris


Integrated Marine Observing System

Since 2006, IMOS has been routinely operating a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australia’s coastal and open oceans, making all its data accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators. Source: imos.org.au/


Intersect

Intersect provides robust, innovative and collaborative eResearch services, skills and technology to universities, Government entities, the wider research community. Intersect pursues synergistic grant funding across its membership, stimulates and fosters cross-member, cross-discipline collaboration, and augments in-house research IT.

The Intersect NSW eResearch Nexus facility supports thousands of researchers and research projects with specialised research-tailored technology and expertise. It offers critical petascale data storage and terascale cloud and high performance computing exclusive to Intersect in NSW. Source: intersect.org.au/


Microscopy Australia

Microscopy Australia is a consortium of university-based microscopy facilities united by values of collaboration, accessibility, excellence and innovation. Each year, over 3,500 researchers from universities and industry use our instruments and expertise in facilities around Australia. Over 150,000 trainee microscopists around the world use our online training tools.

Microscopy Australia enables access to an array of high-end microscopy platforms and associated technical expertise in strategic locations to efficiently service Australia’s microscopy needs. Microscopy Australia also has formal connections with a range of other specialised linked laboratories. Source: micro.org.au/


National Imaging Facility

The National Imaging Facility (NIF) provides state-of-the-art imaging capabilities for the imaging of human, animals, plants, and materials through three main themes of:

  • Molecular Imaging and Radiochemistry
  • Human Imaging, and
  • Animals, Plants, and Materials Imaging.

Source: anif.org.au/


Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) – The Sax Institute

SURE, the Secure Unified Research Environment, is a high-powered computing environment developed to help make best use of our national knowledge base. It is helping to bring researchers together from across Australia and the world to collaborate on large-scale projects tackling major health and social issues such as population ageing, diabetes and mental health.

It has been purpose-built as a remote-access data research laboratory for analysing routinely collected data, allowing researchers to log in remotely and securely analyse data from sources such as hospitals, general practice and cancer registries. Source: saxinstitute.org.au/our-work/sure/


Simulation, Analysis and Modelling (SAM) – Auscope

AuScope provides geoscientists with world-class research ‘toolkit’ to help tackle Australia’s key geoscience challenges, and improve Australian life and the environment.
SAM will provide the community with specialised, high-quality software to interrogate Earth processes that affect life at its surface. Source: auscope.org.au/sam


Sydney Cell and Gene Therapy

Sydney Cell and Gene Therapy has about 40 research staff involved in cellular therapeutics and gene therapy in the Westmead health precinct in the west of Sydney. SCGT is a joint venture by three of Sydney’s leading Medical Research Institutes and two Area Health Services.

SCGT is made up of:

  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Westmead Hospital
  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • Westmead Millennium Institute
  • Kids Research Institute.

The partners have used a co-operative approach to share common research technologies, to leverage their funding and to maximise their effectiveness. This has created a research unit with the highest clinical and research experience in cell and gene-based therapeutics in Australia.

The development of the shared facilities and associated research synergies has led to the establishment of Sydney Cell and Gene Therapy, an entity created to support in-house innovative research and third-party research organisations. Source: scgt.org.au/


Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

TERN observes, measures and records critical terrestrial ecosystem parameters and conditions for Australia over time from continental scale to field sites at hundreds of representative locations.

This information is standardised, integrated and transformed into model-ready data, enabling researchers to discern and interpret changes in land ecosystems.

Understanding ecosystem change, the rate of change, and underlying causes is essential for effectively protecting and managing Australia’s environment and the many services it provides. Source: tern.org.au/