A list of commonly used Research and Research Systems and Organisation Acronyms.

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Acronym Name Description
AAF Australian Access Federation The Australian Access Federation provides the means of allowing a participating institution and/or service provider to trust the information it receives from another participating institution. This provides seamless access to resources and secure communication by removing most of the roadblocks to collaboration and sharing at both the institutional and end user levels.
ac3 Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications ac3 provides professional management of computing infrastructure, housed in ac3's secure and reliable data centres.
AeRIC Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council The Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council was established by the government following the recommendation of the NCRIS committee in accepting the NCRIS Investment Plan for Platforms for Collaboration
AMMRF Australian Microscopy & MicroAnalysis Research Facility The AMMRF is a national grid of equipment, instrumentation and expertise in microscopy and microanalysis that provides nanostructural characterisation capability and services, including widely used optical, electron, X-ray and ion-beam techniques and world-leading flagship platforms.
AARNet Australia's Academic and Research Network AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet). It is a not-for-profit company limited by shares. The shareholders are 38 Australian Universities and the CSIRO.
ANDS Australian National Data Service The development of ANDS is intended to provide the essential meeting place where the Australian path forward for research data management can evolve and where a vision can be achieved.
ANSTO Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation It is ANSTO's strategic priority to deliver world-class research and innovation in nuclear science and technology.
APAC Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) was established to lead the development of an Australia-wide advanced computing infrastructure supported by coordinated programs in research, education and technology diffusion. In 2007 APAC was replaced with the National Computational Infrastructure.
ARC Australian Research Council The ARC is a statutory authority within the Australian Government's Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (IISR) portfolio. Its mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.
ARCS Australian Research Collaboration Service The Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) provides the research community with world-class tools and services that advance their research capabilities.
ARDC Australian Research Data Commons The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) will support the discovery of, and access to, research data held in Australian universities, publicly funded research agencies and government organisations for the use of research.
ASRB Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank The initial task of the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank is to recruit 2,000 people with schizophrenia and 2,000 healthy controls, and to record their medical and family histories, genetic profiles, and possibly a brain scan. Participants are also able to volunteer to be contacted for future research projects.
ASSDA Australian Social Science Data Archive The Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA) is a consortium of leading national Australian universities, managed by the Australian National University (ANU). ASSDA was established at the ANU in 1981 with a brief to provide a national service for the collection and preservation of computer readable data relating to social, political and economic affairs and to make this data available for further analysis.
AustLII Australasian Legal Information Institute A joint facility of UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law.
APSR Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories The APSR Project aims to establish a centre of excellence for the management of scholarly assets in digital format.
ASF Australian Synchrotron Facility The Australian Synchrotron is a source of highly intense light ranging from infrared to hard x-rays used for a wide variety of research purposes.



Acronym Name Description
CHeReL Centre for Health Record Linkage The Centre for Health Record Linkage (CheReL) was established in 2006 to create and maintain a record linkage system for health and human services in NSW and the ACT.
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.



Acronym Name Description
DIISR Department of Innovation, Industry, and Science and Research The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research strives as a key priority to encourage the sustainable growth of Australian industries by developing a national innovation system that drives knowledge creation, cutting-edge science and research, international competitiveness and greater productivity.
DSRD Department of State and Regional Development (NSW) We work to attract investment to NSW and support innovative, sustainable and globally competitive businesses, industries and sectors. We provide business assistance and advice, strong technical knowledge and scientific capabilities. By integrating the services of the Department's partner agencies we now have a stronger capacity to support NSW industry and businesses in creating jobs and leveraging investment.
DVCR Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research



EIF Education Investment Fund The role of the EIF is to build a modern, productive and internationally competitive Australian economy by supporting world-leading, strategically-focused infrastructure investments that will transform Australian tertiary education and research.



HASS Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
HEEF Higher Education Endowment Fund
HPC High Performance Computing



LIEF Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to eligible organisations. The scheme enables higher education researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry.



MARCS Member of ARCS
MELCOE Macquarie eLearning Centre of Excellence Macquarie University's E-Learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE) is an international focal point for e-learning infrastructure and standards development. The Centre consolidates Macquarie University's position at the leading edge of best practice in e-learning. MELCOE is a recognised leader in implementing global standards and specifications for learning technology.
MMSN Molecular and Materials Structure Network



NCI National Computational Infrastructure The mission of National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is to provide Australian researchers with world-class high-end computing services.
NCRIS National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Through NCRIS, the Government is providing $542 million over 2005-2011 to provide researchers with major research facilities, supporting infrastructure and networks necessary for world-class research.
NeAT National eResearch Architecture Taskforce The National eResearch Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) is a committee of experts established under the NCRIS Platforms for Collaboration capability to develop and assist in the adoption of new eResearch methods and tools. NeAT is tasked with identifying opportunities to develop and implement e-Research methods, tools and services, and embedding these into research communities.
NeCTAR National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources The primary objectives of the NeCTAR project are:
  1. to enhance research collaboration and research outcomes by providing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure that creates new information centric research capabilities;
  2. to significantly simplify the combining of instruments, data, computing, and analysis applications; and
  3. to enable the development of research workflows based on access to multiple resources.
NHMRC National Health and Medical Research Council The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.
NICTA National ICT Australia National ICT Australia Ltd is Australia's Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. Our primary goal is to build and deliver excellence in ICT research and commercial outcomes for Australia. NICTA aspires to be one of the world's top ten ICT research centres by 2020.



OSMR Office of Science and Medical Research Research is pivotal for unlocking the State's intellectual capital, as well as strengthening the competitiveness, productivity and innovative capacity of our State. Significant work has been undertaken to align research investments with industry and economy wide needs. I&I NSW supports R&D in areas including medical research, photonics, robotics and energy, as well as in primary industries, the latter through its Primary Industries Division.



PfC Platforms for Collaboration The NCRIS activity in Platforms for Collaboration aims to develop a coherent plan for the on-going development of Australia's national cyber-infrastructure. The recent support for that infrastructure and its development has come from the Systemic Infrastructure Initiative of Backing Australia's Ability.



RDA Research Data Australia Research Data Australia is a discovery service for Australian research data.
RDSI Research Data Storage Infrastructure $50 million to be devoted to the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project to enhance data centre development and support retention and integration of nationally significant data assets into the national collaboration and data fabric.



VeRSI Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative VeRSI, the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative, is an eResearch program established in 2006 and funded by the Victorian Government to accelerate and coordinate the uptake of eResearch in universities, government departments and other research organisations.