ANFF was established in 2007 through an Australian Government investment under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). It has received further government investment through the NSW, Qld, SA, Vic, and WA state governments, member organisations, and the federal Education Infrastructure Fund (EIF).
NCRIS and Funding
The Australian National Fabrication Facility is supported by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) which manages Australia’s national research infrastructure under the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). The NCRIS program is based on a set of guidelines, click here to find out more about it.
ANFF is one of 24 funded projects, plus pilot projects and an international membership. These organisations provide the R&D community with specialist services through open access to research infrastructure and expertise. The projects form a network involving over 200 delivery partnerships, and employing over 1900 highly skilled technical experts, researchers and facility managers.
Each organisation provides a different set of skills and tools, you can find out more about the services these groups provide on the Friends of ANFF page.
The NCRIS program provides ANFF with funding in order to run our daily operations, and to procure the necessary equipment required to meet the needs of the Australian R&D community, to stay at the cutting edge, and to ensure research excellence. This money is co-invested by universities and State Governments. As of the 2018 NRI Census, each $1 Government invested in NCRIS saw $1.29 in co-investment from universities, research agencies, state and territory governments and industry.
ANFF’s Board of Directors consider recommendations made by an International Advisory Committee and a Strategic Advisory Committee (composed of the Node Directors and chaired by the CEO) on the future development of ANFF beyond the initial program and to ensure the network stays nationally and internationally relevant to fabrication trends and demands.