Enabling Australian R&D
The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) was founded in 2007 to overcome hurdles to R&D success by providing open access to micro and nanofabrication equipment, essential to Australia’s scientific and economic future. It was one of nine original research infrastructure facilities established under the Commonwealth’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
ANFF owns and provides access to capabilities that can assist in both the development of new products and improvements to current production methods. Each Node provides expertise in a specific area, including advanced materials, nanoelectronics & photonics and nano-bio applications. The ANFF commitment to providing a world-class, open-access user facility is underpinned by the sharing of best practice in service provision across the network.
To provide access to micro and nanofabrication equipment for Australia’s researchers and industry.
Strategy for expanding support
ANFF has been implementing a new strategic direction, aimed at improving support for industry and ensuring economic outcomes. The strategy targets areas where ANFF plays a key role in R&D, including Medtech, Space and Defence, and Energy. It is based on 3 strategic pillars:
- Maintaining our position as a world class capability provider,
- Capturing the benefit of ANFF-enabled R&D, and
- Ensuring sovereign capability in advanced manufacturing.
ANFF expanded its focus in 2021 to provide out-of-lab support and ensure businesses can access essential assistance through a client-centred approach. The new approach has been employed to help reinvigorate key industry sectors that can be supported by ANFF’s cutting-edge micro and nanofabrication capabilities and to enable Australia’s post-covid-19 recovery while aligning with Government priorities.
New ways to engage
Two additional avenues for interaction have been implemented already, including the establishment of a team of three Client Engagement Facilitators (CEFs) and the creation of an entirely new platform within the Network’s headquarters, ANFF-C.
Client Engagement Facilitators
ANFF-C has been created to deliver out-of-lab support for commercially promising ANFF-enabled projects in collaboration with their stakeholders.
For the people
A broad portfolio of equipment is what makes ANFF special, but people are what make it exceptional. It’s our responsibility to ensure that we support present and future staff and clients by providing career paths, ensuring inclusivity, and guaranteeing our practices are as sustainable as possible.
Click the links below to find out more about careers with ANFF or within the R&D community, our inclusive attitude, and our sustainability activities across the network.