NSW Research Sector Receives $8 Million Infrastructure Boost

30 Jan 2020

The state’s research sector will benefit from an $8 million funding boost to cutting-edge research and development facilities through the NSW Government’s Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP).

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte said the funding encourages and supports high-quality, high-impact research and helps to drive innovation in the state's research and development sector.

The funding is provided to NSW-based institutions that have been funded under the Commonwealth’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

“This funding will help to ensure our world-class facilities are at the top of their game and will also attract leading international research projects to NSW,” Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte said. “The NSW Government has a strong track record of supporting of NCRIS facilities in the state, providing almost $50 million in co-investment funding from 2006/07 to date.

“Co-investment in this infrastructure has allowed NSW to build and support facilities conducting research in important areas including nano-fabrication, atom-scale imaging, new bio-platforms, astronomical observation and many more. This work will help to develop exciting new technologies and accelerate the growth of high-tech industry, delivering prosperity to NSW.

“This year, more than $2 million has been awarded to the NSW nodes of the Australian National Fabrication Facility to support work such as 3D Bioprinting and Silicon Quantum Computing,” Professor Durrant-Whyte said.

“Bioplatforms Australia will receive $1.5 million to grow bioinformatics expertise in NSW and support a major Proteome Analysis facility.”

Further information can be found here.

Grants were awarded to the following NSW-based research facilities, with separate facilities or nodes as indicated:

  • ANSTO Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS)
  • ANSTO Centre for Accelerator Science (CAS)
  • Australian Astronomical Optics Macquarie University node (AAO-MQ)
  • Australian National Fabrication Facility – NSW nodes consortium (ANFF)
  • Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR)
  • Biologics Innovation Facility
  • Bioplatforms Australia
  • Groundwater Infrastructure Program
  • Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
  • Intersect Australia (NSW eResearch Nexus)
  • Microscopy Australia (Formerly AMMRF)
  • National Imaging Facility (NIF)
  • Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE)
  • Sydney Cell and Gene Therapy (SCGT) – Westmead Research Hub
  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)


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