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The National Research Flagships program is building partnerships in Australia and overseas.

About National Research Flagships

The National Research Flagships Program is delivering scientific solutions to advance Australia’s most pressing national objectives.

  • 7 August 2007 | Updated 8 November 2013

Overview

The National Research Flagships are delivering solutions for the benefit of Australia.

The National Research Flagships program is one of the largest scientific research programs ever undertaken in Australia, and has successfully transformed CSIRO’s capacity to deliver multi-disciplinary, large scale and mission directed science against a broad range of national challenges and priorities.

Since the launch of the first three Flagships in 2003, CSIRO has committed an increasing proportion of its resources to addressing major national challenges and opportunities through the broader Program.

The Flagships deliver benefits to Australia by forming large-scale multidisciplinary research partnerships with Australian Universities and publicly funded research institutions, the private sector and international organisations.

The Flagships deliver benefits to Australia by forming large-scale multidisciplinary research partnerships with Australian Universities and publicly funded research institutions, the private sector and international organisations.

They target clearly defined goals, framed from a careful analysis of the needs of people and enterprises, and have a strong focus on adoption and impact.

The Flagships

In 2011–12, CSIRO devoted 42 per cent of its resources to nine Flagships:

  • Climate Adaptation
  • Energy Transformed (now Energy)
  • Food Futures
  • Future Manufacturing
  • Minerals Down Under
  • Preventative Health
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Water for a Healthy Country
  • Wealth from Oceans.

Two new Flagships were launched during 2012-13:

  • Biosecurity
  • Digital Productivity and Services.

To maximise achievement of Flagship goals, CSIRO conducts a three-to-four year cycle of independent reviews for each Flagship.

Each review is conducted by a panel of experts from Australia and overseas.

Read more about the National Research Flagships.