Specialised collaborative research centres and infrastructure

In addition to ARC Centres of Excellence and Cooperative Research Centres, NSW is home to world class specialised national collaborative research centres and infrastructure accessible to local and international industry.

  • CSIRO laboratories – including astronomy, ICT, life sciences and energy
  • Data61 is the largest data innovation group in Australia. Bringing together CSIRO's Digital Productivity team and National ICT Australia (NICTA), Data61 is unrivalled in its intellectual capital and its network with the global technology marketplace.
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) – Australia's only nuclear research reactor and including
    • The Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) research reactor
    • The Bragg Institute – neutron scattering and X-ray techniques
    • The National Deuteration Facility (NDF) – Australia's first biological and chemical deuteration facility
    • The Institute of Materials Engineering (IME)
    • The Institute for Environmental Research (IER)
    • ANSTO LifesSciences – disease prevention, diagnosis and therapies
  • Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) – characterisation of materials at micro, nano and atomic scale. An National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) facility
  • Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) - nano, micro and photonics fabrication, NCRIS facility, nodes based in NSW including:
  • National Imaging Facility (NIF) - NCRIS facility with medical imaging capabilities, including:
  • National Measurement Institute (NMI) - Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement
  • Bioplatforms Australia– genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics, headquartered at Macquarie University, NCRIS facility, key NSW centres include:
  • Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) – an NCRIS project supportingcoastal and open ocean monitoring for marine and climate science, including the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) which encompasses UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney
  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) – an NCRIS project supporting multidisciplinary ecosystem science, research and data, NSW university partners including Macquarie University, The University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, and University of Western Sydney; NSW Government partners including Trade & Investment NSW and The Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) – an NCRIS project that contains information about all the known species in Australia in over 150 collections, NSW partners including Southern Cross University and the Australian Museum European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia – optimising Australia's associate membership to the European flagship for the life sciences through the Group of Eight universities and CSIRO; the NSW node at The University of Sydney
  • AuScope – NCRIS earth science research and capabilities including surface geospatial and subsurface imaging, monitoring and mapping; characterisation, simulation and modelling, NSW members including Macquarie University, The University of Sydney and the Geological Survey of NSW.
  • Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) - delivering the 2006 Decadal Plan for Australian Astronomy, coordinating investment in significant infrastructure and research effort; NSW university members including Macquarie University, UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney.
  • INTERSECT – lead NSW e-Research agency supporting the NSW public and private research sector providing expert advice, skills and technologies; and partnering, design and testing services. Intersect is linked to and helps deliver national specialist counterpart infrastructure and programs under NCRIS and other programs, such as
    • The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) – managing, optimising and providing access to high quality structured research data collections
    • AARNet – managing high speed networks
    • National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) – high performance computing services
    • The National eResearch Collaboration, Tools and Resources project (NeCTAR)
  • Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) – NCRIS data, planning and modelling capabilities addressing urban population challenges, NSW university members including
    • The University of Wollongong, through the SMART Infrastructure Facility
    • University of New South Wales Australia, through UNSW Built Environment - City Futures and the Healthy Built Environments Program (HBEB)
    • The University of Newcastle Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE)
    • The University of Sydney, through the Institute of Transport and Logistics (ITLS)
  • The Population Health Research Network (PHRN) – nationwide health data program, including a remote Access Laboratory located at the Sax Institute in NSW and a linkage unit (CHeReL) managed by the NSW Ministry of Health, members including the Cancer Institute NSW and the universities of Sydney, Western Sydney and UNSW