Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Future directions for the PHRN have been the focus of many
months of workshops, meetings, discussions and consultations
culminating with the delivery of a key Investment Plan to the
Australian Government's Department of Innovation, Industry, Science
and Research (DIISR) in May 2011.
PHRN participants have been busy preparing proposals as part of
the Department's Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science
Initiative, which will see the Commonwealth contribute $1.1 billion
to priority areas of Australian research until 2013, including $901
million for research infrastructure. $10 million of these funds
have been allocated for PHRN related infrastructure.
PHRN participants have been working in conjunction with
facilitator Dr Ron Sandland for some months and held a series of
workshops and meetings across all mainland state capitals in
February 2011 to assist with developing investment proposals for
funding consideration under the EIF Super Science Initiative.
Funding allocations have been finalised and it is expected that
the PHRN will receive a further $9m in cash and in-kind
contributions from participants and partners already involved in
The funds will be distributed to most network participants to be
spent on infrastructure related projects and will also see the
inclusion of some new PHRN members with funded initiatives under
the leadership of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
(AIHW), the Centre for Health Record Linkage in NSW (CHeReL) and
the Western Australian Department of Health (WADOH).
A new funding agreement between DIISR and The University of
Western Australia (Lead Agent in the current PHRN Funding
Agreement) is expected to be progressed shortly to enable funds to
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The PHRN is an initiative of the Australian Government's National
Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and we are
also pleased to say that an extension of this funding program until
30 June 2012 has also been formally agreed.