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In a research world increasingly dominated by ICT, QCIF can help you with the computational, data storage, and software needs of your project/s. We take care of the technical side of things so you can get on with making fast, stress-free discoveries.

We are in the unique position of being able to draw on a network of state and national collaborative resources. These allow us to provide Queensland researchers with a full suite of eResearch services.

Cloud compute

QCIF manages cloud computer QRIScloud, the Queensland node of the Australian Research Cloud. QRIScloud offers researchers large-scale cloud computing and data storage services. See our QRIScloud webpage for more information.

High-performance computers

If you are a researcher in need of extra computing capacity, get a free QCIF account to use our supercomputing facilities. See our HPC webpage for more information.

eResearch Analysts

We have dedicated eResearch staff located at our member universities, i.e. UQ, Griffith, QUT, USQ, CQU, and JCU, to assist researchers and projects. eResearch Analysts can help researchers with all aspects of eResearch, such as compute, virtual machines data storage and data management. See the Our People webpage for the eResearch Analysts at your institution. 


QCIF provides a range of training to give researchers the digital skills they need to do their work better and faster. See our Training webpage for more information.


QCIF Bioinformatics (formerly QFAB) is a QCIF unit providing access to specialised skills in bioinformatics, biostatistics and biodata to help life sciences and health researchers get the most out of their research data. See the QFAB website for more information.

Data management

ReDBox (Research Data Box) helps the research community describe and share information about research data collections. ReDBox has been designed to assist universities in bringing their research metadata under management, meeting the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and interfacing with Research Data Australia, the national research data discovery system. See the Data Management webpage for more information.

Software platforms

In late 2019, the Federal Government through the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) announced it would fund 10 new software platforms and services for Australian researchers. See our Software Platforms webpage for more information.

Project management
Got a big research project and need help with project management? QCIF Business Development Manager Troy Lockett can help:

Grant support
Need a partner to support your grant application? We have helped research groups with eResearch, tools & infrastructure grants. Contact John Leitch:

QCIF Bioinformatics provides free consultations to help researchers from member universities draft research grant applications that include bioinformatics, biostatistics and biodata. Examples of areas where QCIF Bioinformatics can help are:

  • Experimental design (e.g. power calculations) and clinical trial statistical analysis plans
  • Analysis methods
  • Bioinformatics resources and compute infrastructure 
  • Data management plans
  • Content and pilot analysis to include in the application.

Researchers can also include access to QCIF Bioinformatics staff in their grant applications to demonstrate that the project outcomes will be guided by professionally-conducted bioinformatics. QCIF Bioinformatics is structured to deliver the right amount of the right skills at the right times to maximise benefits to the research project at minimum cost.

For assistance, please complete and submit QCIF Bioinformatics’ Members Advice Request form.


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Pipeline to automate bacterial genome assembly

A QCIF bioinformatician and UQ researchers have developed a workflow to automate high-quality complete bacterial genome assembly.

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Google Cloud grants for ECRs and PhD students

QCIF, AeRO and Google have partnered to deliver a cloud computing grants program for Australasian ECRs and PhD students.

Dr Ahmed Mehdi and Dr Sarah Williams

Four new staff join QCIF Bioinformatics

The QCIF Bioinformatics team is expanding due to increased demand this year. Four new staff have joined the team.