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What is NeCTAR?

The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Project aims to enhance research collaboration and research outcomes by providing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure that:

  • Creates new information centric research capabilities;
  • Significantly simplifies the combining of instruments, data, computing, and analysis applications; and
  • Enables the development of research workflows based on access to multiple resources.

Our goal is to support the connected researcher who at the desk-top or the bench-top has access to a full suite of digitally enabled data, analytic and modelling resources, specifically relevant to their research.

NeCTAR will deliver to Australian researchers:

  • Virtual Laboratories that connect a range of resources of relevance to a specific research community;
  • eResearch Tools that support problem-oriented eResearch needs and further the achievement of improved research outcomes;
  • A federated Research Cloud [brochure] with virtualised research applications that operate in a secure and shared environment, connected to major instruments, compute and data nodes; and
  • A National Server offering a secure and robust hosting service.

The NeCTAR Projects

NeCTAR has funded over 40 projects in a broad range of disciplines.

NeCTAR Funding

The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (NeCTAR) is a $47 million Australian Government, Super Science project, financed by the Education Investment Fund. The University of Melbourne (UoM) is the lead agent appointed by the Commonwealth Government. The Australian Research sector has committed $54 million as co-investment to the NeCTAR project, resulting in NeCTAR injecting $101 million to Australia's research infrastructure.

About the Nectar Project Directorate - contact details

About the Nectar Project Board