AAL receives funding from the Australian Government via the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). This is primarily driven by a five year funding cycle (see graphic to the right), with one-off opportunities for funding also awarded to specific projects at any time during this time.
NCRIS Five Year Funding Cycle
Once AAL has received funding from NCRIS, this is directed toward a variety of projects/facilities as guided by the AAL Board of Directors and its Advisory Committees. These bodies must, in turn, assess all current and future investments based on how they align with the criteria set out by the Decadal plan for Australian astronomy (2016-2025). Please see our latest Annual Report to see the types of projects we are currently funding.
AAL is proactive in looking for opportunities that fit in with the goals of the Decadal Plan and welcomes submissions or project funding proposals from members of the Australian astronomy community that comply with the criteria listed below (see NCRIS Eligibility Criteria). Astronomers are able to draw AAL’s attention to possible new funding opportunities via the following three options:
In addition to the NCRIS criteria* specified by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, AAL considers the following when deciding the allocation of NCRIS funding:
The AAL Board has determined that AAL should report annually on the fraction of its funding awarded to mid-level or tier two projects, as per the Decadal Plan goal to aim to direct 10% of funding to facilities at this level.
*NCRIS assessment criteria can be viewed on page 12 of the document – National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy 2021 Guidelines – available for download from the link supplied here and above.