ANSTO has welcomed the announcement of funding from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) in the current round of projects.
NCRIS provides funding for Facilities, equipment and resources that are needed to perform research and experts needed to run the infrastructure.
“The funding from the Australian Government through the NCRIS scheme enables ANSTO to continue to operate and enhance world-class nuclear infrastructure to deliver excellent outcomes for the benefit of Australia,” said Andrew Peele, Group Executive Nuclear Science and Technology.
“NCRIS support has been invaluable, and it continues to ensure researchers have access to ANSTO’s scientific capabilities and the expertise of our scientists. It is an important driver of excellent scientific research,” said Prof Peele.
The National Deuteration Facility will benefit from $2.8 million in funding for the Labelling of Synthetic Biology Products with Deuterium (2H) and Other Stable Isotopes (13C, 15N).
It will extend the use and methods of deuteration for applications beyond neutron scattering to include NMR, IR and MS.
The Centre for Accelerator Science and the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering have been awarded $10.7 million to transform Australia’s accelerator mass spectrometry capability for the environment and climate challenges of this crucial decade; ion beam analysis for continental-scale pollution monitoring and PFAS contamination screening; ion irradiation for the emerging needs of defence, health, semiconductor, and space sectors and industry uplift for innovation and translation.
This represents additional funding to the baseline funding secured to FY28 previously.
In total, NCRIS awarded $650 million to academic and science organisations to make sure researchers have access to important pieces of national infrastructure.
Read a joint media statement from The Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education and The Hon Ed Husic, Minister for Industry and Science.