Future funding to renew, expand or improve existing investments under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy or other national infrastructure such as the ANSTO OPAL Reactor, depend on the strategic investment decisions of the Government.
In addition to the appointment of an Expert Working Group, an Issues Paper was released to gain a shared understanding of how public investment in research infrastructure should be prioritised so as to make a significant difference to Australia’s research and innovation outcomes aligned to our National Science and Research Priorities. The capability areas, as informed by the Expert Working Group, were identified as:
Further, funded projects should be complementary, rather than supplementary, to existing research infrastructure programs with strategic consideration of investment by government:
Essential to the success of these projects is the establishment of access arrangements for a range of stakeholders to each facility. Infrastructure must be accessible by all categories of researchers, including meritorious, commercial and international users, terms of access should be transparent, and the cost of access should not be prohibitive. Regular, programmed reviews of facilities will ensure ongoing relevance and efficient management of project infrastructure. Critically, ongoing funding for operational expenses must be factored in to ensure operational stability and to remove barriers to access.
Pivotal to the 2016 Roadmap and to the successful implementation of these principles is the positioning of data access, storage and management. Each research infrastructure area outlined in the Issues Paper has a relationship with data. The prioritisation of an effective data storage mechanism staffed by skilled and qualified data managers, who can support efficient services for that data, must be an integral part of the national infrastructure.
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