NHMRC recognises that national research facilities, networks and biobanks are valuable for the conduct of health and medical research. In 2012, NHMRC held a biobanking roundtable to consider how national research infrastructure might be prioritised and co-ordinated.
In March 2016, the Australian Government commissioned the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap to support future investment decisions. Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist, is leading the development of a national ten-year plan to underpin Australian research and identify future research infrastructure priorities. Further information can be found here: 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
Applicants often need to receive services from research facilities to enable their research to be successfully undertaken. NHMRC funding may be used to pay for research services if it can be demonstrated the service is required to achieve the goals of the NHMRC-funded research activity.
Due to the dynamic nature of research facilities’ funding structures, services, costs and, ability to collaborate, researchers should contact them directly to ascertain appropriate access requirements and costs.
Information about NHMRC policy and how to include facilities as a direct cost into your research proposal can be found in the NHMRC Funding Rules and scheme specific Advice and Instructions.