The Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF) is part of the
Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities Program
(CERF), an initiative of the Australian Government that will invest $A100 million in world-class public good research over four years from July 2006.

MTSRF is developing collaborative, public benefit research marshalling Australia's best tropical environmental researchers to support the conservation and sustainable use of North Queensland's environmental assets - the Wet Tropics rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef and the connecting coastal regions.

AIMS is involved in four MTSRF themes:

  • Status of ecosystems
  • Risks and threats to ecosystems
  • Halting and reversing the decline of water quality
  • Sustainable use and management of natural resources

AIMS is also making a heavy in-kind investment in the MTSRF program.

On 10 August 2006, the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) approved a contract with the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited (RRRC) to administer the MTSRF Research Program in North Queensland