Trust and Identity case studies

We are partnering with national research infrastructures to build and implement the next generation of trust and identity solutions

National Imaging Facility

AAF has partnered with the National Imaging Facility (NIF) exploring improved access and collaboration for complex multi-site human imaging projects and medical trials using sensitive data.

NIF is Australia’s advanced imaging network, and provides open access to flagship imaging equipment, tools, data and analysis. NIF aims to maintain Australia’s world leading role in advanced imaging technology and make its capabilities accessible to all Australian medical researchers to solve challenges across research and industry. They enable research in areas such as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), epilepsy and melanoma. NIF are critical to research translation, clinical trials and the commercialisation of medical products.

As one of AAF’s Trust and Identity Pathfinder Incubators, we have been working with NIF on enhancing their access — providing NIF partners, institutional researchers and external users with the opportunity for improved access and collaboration when undertaking complex, multi-site human imaging projects such as national clinical trials that use sensitive data.

Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre

AAF has partnered with the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre exploring options to provide seamless and secure access to their supercomputing service using federated identities.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre is one of two Tier-1 high-performance computing facilities in Australia. Its primary function is to accelerate scientific research for the benefit of the nation. Pawsey’s service and expertise in supercomputing, data, cloud services and visualisation enables research across a variety of fields including astronomy, life sciences, medicine, energy, resources and artificial intelligence.

Pawsey’s supercomputing systems play a critical role, for a wide range of research disciplines and features as an important part of many researchers’ workflows. This Incubator will raise the security profile of Pawsey and provide a single user account across their ecosystem. The Pawsey Incubator is a foundational building block in trust and identity for national research infrastructure and plays a critical role in the implementation of trust and identity across the sector.

Microscopy Australia

AAF has partnered with Microscopy Australia exploring impact tracking through persistent identifiers (PIDs).

Microscopy Australia are a consortium of university-based microscopy facilities that more than 3,500 researchers across Australia use each year. They aim to empower Australian science and innovation by making advanced microscopes accessible to all researchers.

One of the greatest challenges in research is to connect and report on distributed services and this incubator explores how richer reporting, impact tracking and usage data can be provided through ORCID iDs and PIDs across national research infrastructure.


AAF has partnered with ACCESS-NRI exploring options to provide consistent user tracking and reporting.

The Australian Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS-NRI)  is a national research Infrastructure that supports the research and development of the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) modelling system framework. ACCESS-NRI  provides this service in collaboration with National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).  

The AAF is currently in the discovery stage of an incubator with ACCESS-NRI, with the objective to develop a solution that can improve the current usage tracking approaches across all ACCESS-NRI resources.  

Research infrastructure already connected

The AAF has a long history of enabling access to the research sector, read more about our success stories.

AURIN - Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network

AURIN is connected to AAF’s Federation and is one of the most highly accessed services across the national research ecosystem.

AURIN has empowered researchers over the last decade with access to data and analytical tools. The research they enable has improved liveability in Australia, informed climate change policy, and revealed the economic implications of COVID on the Australian population. As a long-time member of the Federation, AURIN is easily accessible by others, enabling critical decision making for Australia’s future growth by policy makers, researchers and practitioners.

Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

The AAF connected the MWA to eduGAIN and not only enhanced and accelerated innovation in astrophysics, it enabled borderless research. A global initiative and a world leading data advantage, Australia’s role in eduGAIN is becoming solidified as more national research and infrastructure is shared globally.

APPN - Australian Plant Phenomics Network

APPN’s connection to the Federation enables national and international researchers with open access to their state-of-the-art phenotyping.

The APPN is a national research infrastructure that accelerates the development of new and improved crops and sustainable agricultural practices. Their facilities provide automated image analysis and plant phenomics that address complex challenges for food production and environmental science. Federation scientists from around the globe can access their data and explore innovations for drought resistant crops.

How we can help you

We are partnering with national research infrastructures to enable access by researchers, industry and government

National research infrastructure

AAF is partnering with national research infrastructure to develop a system-wide approach to access.

The AAF currently enables access to a variety of national research infrastructure including AURIN, APPF and CSIRO.

We are currently partnering with the wider national research infrastructure community, to explore the application of a standard set of technology and policies, to enable system-wide access to services, data and compute. Our current incubator partners include the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre, National Imaging Facility, ACCESS-NRI and Microscopy Australia.

If you would like to discuss trusted access for your research infrastructure contact us, and one of our project managers will be in contact.

Higher education

Do you have a national research infrastructure hosted within your university?

Many national research infrastructure are distributed throughout Australia’s universities, and we can work with your IT team and them, to enable access to those services and facilities.

We are currently exploring this complex arrangement with our incubator partners the National Imaging Facility, which has distributed imaging technology locate across multiple universities and locations.


AAF are exploring with the national research infrastructure community, how we can enable access to the valuable services, technologies, data and computational power.


A consistent and easy way in which to access research infrastructure will enable collaboration between industry and researchers, supporting research development and commercialisation.