Federal Budget 2015 - science funding cuts on the horizon

November 05, 2015

Today’s Federal Budget shows that while there is a welcome reprieve for science funding in 2015-16, further cuts of around $290 million to key Australian science and research programs lie on the horizon.

Despite immediate relief for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure scheme (NCRIS) and an ongoing commitment to establish a Medical Research Future Fund, overall funding for science in Australia will continue to decline.

Read the Academy's response to the Budget

Ticks and crosses for the 2015 science budget:

Ticks and crosses for the 2015 science budget:

The crosses

  • $262.5 million cuts to university block grants
  • $26.8 million cut to Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)

The ticks

  • Two-year continued funding for NCRIS
  • Establishment of the Medical Research Future Fund
  • $13 million extra for the Australian Synchrotron
  • $22.3 million increase for ANSTO
  • $9.4 million increase for Antarctic research and $15.3 million for tropical medical research

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