IMOS 2017-19 Funding Guidelines

Guidelines to inform preparation of IMOS Annual Business Plans and Budgets for the next two years (2017-19).

The Guidelines are available here.

IMOS Five Year Plan 2017-22

In December 2015, the Australian Government released its National Innovation and Science Agenda.  The Innovation Agenda includes an ongoing commitment to the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), backed by $1.5BN of investment over the next ten years.  

During 2016, Australia’s Chief Scientist will chair an expert group to undertake a road-mapping process to identify specific future research infrastructure capability requirements.  The new, ongoing commitment to NCRIS will commence from 2017-18 at the level of $150M per annum plus indexation i.e. $153.9M in 2017-18.

The IMOS community needs to be prepared to engage with future NCRIS.  Development of a credible, scalable, multi-year plan is an essential step.  It was proposed that we do this for a five year timeframe (2017-22) as the ten year NCRIS funding commitment is likely to have a mid-term review point.


The IMOS Five Year Plan (2017–22) is now available here (Issued 23 September 2016).

  • The milestones and steps in the development of the IMOS Five Year Plan (2017-22) are outlined here.



2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap

Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap 

The Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap was made available for comment in early December 2016. The IMOS response was submitted on 13 January 2017.

The Roadmap sets out Australia’s national research infrastructure priority areas for the coming decade. These priorities will support areas of research, science and innovation in areas where Australia excels, can deliver the greatest long-term national benefit and foster strategic international partnerships.

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper

IMOS Strategy 2015-25

As IMOS nears the end of its first decade of operation, it is important that we make plans for sustaining the observing system over the very long term.  The IMOS Office and Advisory Board have developed a new forward strategy for the period 2015-25. After consultation with stakeholders on a draft version, the IMOS strategy has now been finalised - see below.  

IMOS Strategy 2015-25