Release type: Media Release


Securing the funding and future of Australian research


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

The Abbott Government will invest $11 billion over four years in university research and to attract and retain some of the world’s top researchers in Australia.

The Budget is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

Australia has a proud history in producing ground-breaking research. This nation has produced some of the most important researchers and innovations of the past two centuries.

In the 2014-15 Budget the Abbott Government is delivering $150 million to continue the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

The NCRIS supports major research infrastructure to encourage collaboration between the research sector, industry and government in Australia and internationally to conduct world-class research.

The 2014-15 Budget provides $139.5 million to deliver up to 100 new research positions per year under the Future Fellowships Scheme.

The scheme provides four-year fellowships to outstanding mid-career researchers, strengthening Australia’s research capacity.

The Abbott Government is honouring its election commitment by delivering $26 million from the Australian Research Council to accelerate research in dementia as part of our $200 million investment across Government.

We are delivering on our election commitment to provide $42 million for the expansion of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University to support new research and training facilities for research in tropical diseases such as dengue fever and elephantitis.

The Abbott Government is delivering on our commitment to Tasmania to deliver $24 million to support the Antarctic Gateway Partnership as part of the strategy to position Tasmania at the centre of Antarctic research.

The 2014-15 Budget also delivers $3.3 million for the continuation of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) digitisation programme to preserve important Indigenous cultural items in digital form so they can be used as a research resource to be shared with all Australians and the rest of the world.

Australia has always engaged in world-class research, as the high number of Nobel Laureates for a nation our size demonstrates.

The Government is honouring our election commitments and making decisions that repair the Budget, strengthen the economy and prepare Australia for the long-term challenges before us.