The Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) was established in 1997 as part of the Commonwealth Government's Major National Research Facility (MNRF) Program and operates out of five nodes.
In 2006, the Australian Government initiated a 5 year programme called the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). AGRF receives funding through the NCRIS programme (see more) which is managed through BioPlatforms Australia Ltd (BPA).
In 2009, the Australian Government extended their infrastructure funding until 2013 through the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative. AGRF is a recipient of EIF funds, managed again through BPA.
The AGRF supports genome research and genetic discovery across the entire biological spectrum, from viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi, to plants, animals and humans.
The Adelaide Node is located at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide and provides nucleic acid extraction, DNA sequencing, and fragment analysis services, controlled environment growth chambers and specialised sample storage facilities. The node acts as a portal to the full range of our services for South Australian clients.
The Brisbane Node is located at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane and provides DNA sequencing, next-generation sequencing, Sequenom and bioinformatics services. The business office of the AGRF is also located at the Brisbane node.
The Melbourne Node is located at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne and provides genotyping, next-generation sequencing, microarray, DNA sequencing and bioinformatic services.
The Perth Node is located within the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research in Perth. AGRF Perth will initially offer routine Sanger sequencing services, and will also act as an information gateway to AGRF national network of services incorporating state-of-the-art facilities, technology and expertise.
The Sydney Node is located at the Westmead Millennium Institute in Sydney and provides DNA sequencing, and genotyping services.
The AGRF services all sectors of the Australian biological research community, both public and private, including universities, medical research institutes, CSIRO, other Federal and State research organisations and industry. The AGRF also services international markets, in particular from the Asia-Pacific region.