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$5m boost for Australian research

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24 October 2016

Australian researchers will benefit from over $5m of new investments through a joint partnership between three eResearch providers - the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) and Research Data Services (RDS).

The funds will develop services for 10 national communities researching fields including climate, medical, terrestrial and marine environments, culture and genomics.

The projects supported by the investments include:

  • Over $4.3M spread across nine ‘research community’ projects will directly enhance the researcher user experience by improving their abilities to use and manage their data, and provide researchers with the ability to run simulations in a digital environment though Virtual Laboratories; and
  • $700,000 to fund a ‘Data Lifecycle framework’ that will connect research infrastructure components to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Australia’s research data.

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) Director, Beryl Morris said: ‘These investments enable us to deliver greater efficiency gains and effectiveness for Australia’s ecosystem scientists and managers. We will be able to better advance science and contribute to effective management  and sustainable use of our ecosystems.”

“We’re trying to make it easier for researchers to engage with the services we provide and are therefore harmonising our processes,” said Ian Duncan, RDS Director.In medical research, the integration of data from new machines married with clinical trials and a robust library of data  enables precision personalised medicine. This is only possible when data is assembled and able to be used by researchers in novel ways.

As noted by Nectar’s Director, Glenn Moloney, “the research communities we work with have complex needs. The combined cloud and data resources we have assembled through these projects are greater than the sum of the parts.”

The combined work of ANDS, Nectar and RDS deliver tools and services that facilitate research innovation, and enable collaboration for borderless research nationally and internationally. The collective organisations enhance the translation of research through reliable and available outputs of research,  including    data, methods and models.

Executive Director of ANDS, Ross Wilkinson said: "This is new investment into Australia’s research future, and a new way of doing things for us. Researchers want a more joined-up, cohesive experience, and that is exactly what this joint funding will provide. RDS, ANDS and Nectar are working together  at every level of our organisations to support Australian research.”

All three organisations are federally funded though the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). NCRIS supports national collaborative research infrastructure to enable Australian researchers to deliver  lasting returns to the Australian community.