Dear STA members and Friends,
As many of you are aware, a number of the public research facilities funded under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) are in dire straits, because of continued uncertainty over operational funding.
More than $2 billion of taxpayer money has been committed to NCRIS since it was established in 2004. Its 27 facilities employ 1,700 skilled scientists and support staff, and enable 35,000 scientists in universities, industry and research organisations to do the work underpinning many aspects of Australia’s scientific research, innovation and development.
Many of these facilities are preparing to shut down in the next two months if the situation does not change.
STA has been working on your behalf behind the scenes to try and have the Federal Government release the promised operation funds, as have others of the Research Alliance. To date we have not succeeded, and have thus joined with Australia’s 15 major research and science bodies to call on the Prime Minster to step in and avert the crisis.
Attached you will find a copy of the open letter to the Prime Minister. We will keep you up to date with the media stories over coming days via our web page (www.sta.org.au) and urge you to keep abreast of developments via our page and to take part in the media and social media conversation on this critical issue.
STA President Dr Ross Smith
STA CEO Catriona Jackson
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