About NIF

National Imaging Facility

The Australian National Imaging Facility (NIF) is a $130 million project that provides state-of-the-art imaging capability of animals, plants, and materials for the Australian research community. NIF's grid of imaging facilities spreads across Australia, aiming to provide a range of leading-edge imaging instrumentation and expertise in the optimal use of imaging technology to the Australian research community. 

Established in 2007, NIF is one of the four initiative projects implemented by the Australian Government, under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Characterisation capabilities (for more information on NCRIS click here to visit the website). Recently, NIF has further expanded by the Education Investment Fund (EIF), which supports world-leading, strategically-focused infrastructure investments that will transform Australian tertiary research and education (for more information on EIF click here to visit the website). 

NIF is funded by the host institutions and the following Government bodies: 




Vision & Mission

Specifically, the NIF will provide:  

  • Access to molecular imaging instrumentation, including a range of MRI and PET scanners;
  • Access to other live animal imaging equipment including bioluminescence, microCT, ultrasound and intravital microscopy;
  • Development and validation of novel biomarkers/radioligands for in-vivo imaging using PET and MRI;
  • Development and application of stable isotope-labelled analogues to new radio-ligands;
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy, coil design and pulse sequence development;
  • Application of these new technologies in large-scale trials in animal models of disease;
  • Bio-mathematical modelling of tracer kinetic data and integration of the high-dimensional data in a dedicated neuroinformatics system;
  • The creation of databases of normative data, and a common platform of base data; and
  • Links to existing national infrastructure for ultra-structural imaging and measurement technologies through the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility.

NIF Founding Nodes

Large Animal Research
& Imaging Facility