Go8 Submission: Go8 response to the National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper

22 Sep 2016
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper in support of the development of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap led by the Chief Scientist of Australia.

The Go8 has responded to the consultation paper outside of the prescribed template and authorizes it to be published alongside template-based submissions.

This decision primarily reflects two factors:

1. Individually Go8 universities may make their own, more detailed, submissions in response to the specific questions raised in the Issues Paper; and

2. This response takes the opportunity to comment on high level issues which we feel are important to the development of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. The Go8 represents Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, accounting for over two-thirds of Australian university research activity, spending around $6 billion per year on research with the Go8 investing $3 billion annually in applied research and experimental development.

Collectively and individually, the Go8 universities have a significant role in leading, developing and managing Australia’s major national research infrastructure facilities. A Go8 institution headed 14 of the 15 university led facilities in the KPMG review of 27 NCRIS facilities1, 25 of which had key Go8 involvement. This includes NCRIS facilities such as the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) in which all Go8 institutions collaborate.

Go8 universities are also at the forefront of leading Australia’s participation in key international research infrastructure endeavours, such as the Giant Magellan Telescope and the European Molecular Biological Laboratory.

More broadly, Go8 members have a strong track record in collaborating within the research and academic sector, with industry, and government all of which informs this response. 

Please click here for the full Submission.