Friends of ANFF

ANFF is cornerstone of Australian R&D, but we don’t operate alone. This page contains information about like-minded organisations that can help to support your projects. If you’re an ANFF client and would like an introduction to any of the groups mentioned on this page, get in touch and we’d be delighted to help you find the right person for what you need.

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NCRIS Organisations

The Australian National Fabrication Facility is funded by NCRIS, we are one of 28 funded providers, plus pilot programs, founded to provide the R&D community with specialist services through open access to research infrastructure and expertise.

Each organisation provides a different set of skills and tools, to find out if one of them can help you contact Research Infrastructure Connected (RIC). RIC helps you to find the tools you need and the experts who can shorten the time it takes to get to a working solution.

You can also find out more about NCRIS on our About us page or on their website.

Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL)

2 offices, Melbourne (hosted by Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn) and Sydney (hosted by Macquarie University). Canberra office coming soon.

Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) is a non-profit organisation, whose members are Australian universities and research organisations with a significant astronomical capability. We work with observatories, infrastructure providers, astronomers, and the Australian Government to advance the goals in the Australian Astronomy Decadal Plan 2016–2025.

Area of Expertise:

Facilitators to best astronomical infrastructure


25 key sites across all Australian States and Territories

AuScope is Australia’s provider of specialist research tools, data, services, expertise and leadership to Earth and geospatial scientists to help address Australia’s grand challenges including climate change, natural resource security and natural hazards.

Area of Expertise:

Earth imaging, Earth modelling, Materials Characterisation, Positioning, Data Science, (Open) Data Management, Software Development, Outreach

Australian Access Federation

179 Turbot St, Brisbane 4000

Established in 2009, the Australian Access Federation (AAF) is Australia’s identity federation and part of a global network of over 61 federations around the world. The AAF is a vital part of the Australian eResearch infrastructure landscape enabling safe and secure exchange of information between education and research institutions both locally and internationally.

Area of Expertise:
Security, authentication, access and technology.

Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS)

Located at ANSTO's Lucas Heights Campus, Sydney, NSW

ANSTO’s ACNS uses beams of neutrons from the OPAL reactor to support scientists and industry to solve complex questions and problems. Neutron scattering enables research into areas of national importance including health, food and materials engineering, among many other fields.

Area of Expertise:

Neutron scattering

Australian Plant Phenomics Facility

Located across Australia with nodes at ANU, CSIRO and UoA

APPF delivers world-leading plant phenomics infrastructure, technologies, tools and expertise that underpins innovative plant phenomics research to accelerate the development of new and improved crops, healthier food and more sustainable agricultural practice.

Area of Expertise:
Field and controlled environment phenotyping, data management

Australian Research Data Commons

Located at 9 host institutions around Australia

The ARDC provides Australian researchers with competitive advantage through data. We accelerate research and innovation by driving excellence in the creation, analysis and retention of high-quality data assets.

Area of Expertise:

Digital research, data management

Bioplatforms Australia

17 locations across Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth

Bioplatforms Australia supports Australian Life science research by investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure and expertise in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics.

Area of Expertise:

Omics technologies in Life Science research

Centre for Accelerator Science (CAS)

Located at ANSTO's Lucas Heights Campus, Sydney, NSW

ANSTO’s CAS provides access to ion-beam analysis and accelerator mass spectrometry for ultra-sensitive sample characterisation, dating, materials modification and irradiation to researchers and industry, supporting a wide range of research and innovation in areas such as advanced materials development and climate science.

Area of Expertise:

Accelerator science and technology


Integrated Marine Observing System

IMOS infrastructure is operated by 11 Australian marine research institutions, with over 50 different Facilities around the country.

IMOS operates a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australia’s vast and valuable coastal and open ocean estate. IMOS makes all of its data available to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users and international collaborators.

Area of Expertise:
Ocean observing data

Microscopy Australia

9 sites across: Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth

Microscopy Australia provides instruments and expertise in electron, light and scanning probe microscopy, ion and atom probes, X-ray techniques and more, to all Australian researchers, in academia and industry. Enabling research excellence at nine facilities around Australia through NCRIS.

Area of Expertise:

Microscopy services

National Computational Infrastructure

One central facility in Canberra, accessible to users from anywhere in the world.

The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI Australia) is Australia’s leading high-performance research data and supercomputing organisation, providing expert services to benefit all domains of science, government and industry. 

Area of Expertise:
Supercomputing, Big data

National Deuteration Facility

Located at ANSTO's Lucas Heights Campus, Sydney, NSW

ANSTO’s NDF, Australia’s only molecular deuteration facility, enables scientists and industry to understand the structure and interactions of molecules at the nanoscale in complex chemical and biological systems using many characterisation techniques through access to specialised research infrastructure and deuteration expertise.

Area of Expertise:
Chemical and biological deuteration

National Imaging Facility

13 nodes across: Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth

The National Imaging Facility (NIF) is Australia’s advanced imaging network, enabling imaging science to unlock solutions to major challenges. NIF provides open access to flagship imaging equipment, expertise, tools, data and analysis to address Australia’s strategic science and research priorities.

Area of Expertise:

Microscopy services

Phenomics Australia

17 locations across Australia: Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

Phenomics Australia is a forward-thinking research infrastructure provider enabling research discovery and high-impact healthcare outcomes in precision medicine. We offer specialised infrastructure, research services and technical expertise dedicated to advancing our fundamental understanding of health and disease, and enabling next-generation innovations in healthcare and therapeutic development to benefit all Australians.

Area of Expertise:
Precision Medicine

Heavy Ion Accelerators

3 locations across Australia: Canberra, Melbourne.

World-leading accelerators for Australian science and industry

The Heavy Ion Accelerators NCRIS project operates world-leading particle accelerators for a wide variety of scientific and industrial applications, for users from Australia and around the world. The project consists of three nodes: the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility at the Australian National University, the Ion Implantation Laboratory at also the Australian National University, and the Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Accelerator Laboratory at the University of Melbourne.

Area of Expertise:

Nuclear physics research and accelerator applications including environment and climate science, astrophysics, space radiation, quantum technology and medical physics.

MNT International Partners

Through the Micro-NanoTechnology (MNT) network, ANFF has well-established relationships with international partners that have similar mandates to accelerate research and innovation. For knowledge exchange and to explore collaborative opportunities, we attend annual workshops with organisations in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Find out more by clicking below.

CMC Microsystems (CMC)

Area of Expertise:

CAD, Fabrication

Circuits Multi-Projets® (CMP)

Area of Expertise:
Prototyping and low volume fabrication


Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France, UK
Area of Expertise:
Multi-Project-Wafer (MPW) services

Integrated Circuit Design Education Centre (IDEC)

South Korea
Area of Expertise:

CAD / Design

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

United Kingdom
Area of Expertise:

Particle physics, scientific computing, laser development, space research, and technology

Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI)

Area of Expertise:

Chip design and semiconductor fabrication

VLSI Design and Education Center (VDEC)

Area of Expertise:

Design and supports on VLSI chip fabrication

Global Partners

Euro Nano Lab

Area of Expertise:

Complex Micro/Nanodevice Fabrication, Integrated Cleanroom Contributions, Central-Hub-Coordinated User Access, Nanofabrication Equipment and Expertise, Technology Development, Knowledge Base Establishment, Multidisciplinary Outreach, “Nanofabrication Building Blocks” Creation, Quantum Technologies Expertise, 2D Materials Expertise, Nanobiosciences Expertise, Neuromorphic Computing Expertise, Astronomy and Space Exploration Collaboration, Technology Transfer to Start-ups and SMEs, Addressing Societal Challenges, ESFRI Recognition, International Influence.


Area of Expertise:

National Laboratory Animal Center (NLAC), National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC), Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI), Taiwan Instrument Research Institute (TIRI), Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI).

Domestic Associations

Medical technology association of Australia logo

Medical Technology Association of Australia


The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) is the national association representing companies in the medical technology industry. MTAA aims to ensure the benefits of modern, innovative and reliable medical technology are delivered effectively to provide better health outcomes to the Australian community.

Area of Expertise:

Representing manufacturers and suppliers of medical technology.