The new funding is part of the Government's Super Science Initiative - $1.1 billion for critical areas of scientific endeavour - announced last night in the 2009-10 Budget.
Of this, $901.0 million is for "cutting edge research infrastructure" in:
- Space Science and astronomy
- Marine and Climate Science, and
- Future industries involving life sciences and biotechnology
The investment in Marine and Climate science includes a
-$52.0 million extension of IMOS,
-$149.6 million to construct a new marine research vessel and operate the RV Southern Surveyor until the replacement is available, and
-$55.0 million to construct new tropical marine research facilities at AIMS.
The new funding will also include $50.0 million to provide new high performance computing facilities.
In addition to the Super Science Initiative the Education Investment Fund will support infrastructure that is closely related to IMOS, including:
-$45.0 million for the new UTAS/IMAS building, and
-$19.5 million for SIMS to develop the Chowder Bay site.
IMOS will be provided with enhanced Southern Ocean monitoring capability and extended coverage of northern Australian waters.