AURIN Secures $25m in Funding to Deliver Leading Digital Infrastructure

We are proud to announce that the recent announcement by the Australian Government brings AURIN’s funding, as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, to a total of $25 million over the next 5-year period. This unprecedented level of commitment will support AURIN’s ambitious strategic plan for 2023-2028.

In the coming decades Australian cities, towns and regional centres are facing significant challenges—namely: adapting to the impact of climate change, facilitating energy transitions in all sectors, and delivering adequate housing and social infrastructure to a population with significant demographic transitions.

AURIN is uniquely positioned to play a key role in supporting Australia’s ability to respond to these challenges. As the connecting point between academia, government, and industry, we facilitate access to hard-to-get data, contribute to higher research efficiency, and cost-effective scientific investment. Overall, we aim to enhance research translation and contribute to a vibrant innovation ecosystem as well as high impact research.

As a National Digital Research Infrastructure facility, AURIN aims to lower technological barriers, open data access, and increase information sharing amongst scientific communities. In the coming years we will identify the information and support tools decision-makers need and ensure the data and analytics we provide are modular and compatible with efforts to develop an Urban Digital Twin for Australia.

We’re incredibly grateful to receive the financial support required to allow us to deliver on these goals and ensure Australian researchers and policy makers have access to leading research infrastructure.

“This is an exciting period of growth at AURIN, and I look forward to working with our partners towards our common goal of delivering the best possible research outcomes for our communities. I am proud to be leading our team into a bright future.” — Prof Pascal Perez, Director, AURIN