The new AMREP research and education buildings (including the Ian Potter Library), which opened in 2002, have provided a major stimulus to research activity on The Alfred campus and within Alfred Health. Competitive external research funding received at AMREP has increased from about $15 million in 2000 to in excess of $68 million in 2007.
The expansion in research has substantially promoted the local, national and international profiles of AMREP and the AMREP partners, attracting new research groups and additional students, and providing a basis for the establishment of important new initiatives, such as the Centre for Health Innovation (a clinical simulation facility and testing centre for novel therapies and approaches to better health care).
Further growth has taken place in the past two years, first with the merger of the Austin Research Institute and the Burnet Institute at the beginning of 2006 to form a new, larger Burnet Institute, and recently with the merger of the Baker Heart Research Institute and the International Diabetes Institute to create Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Baker IDI, an organisation of almost 600 people, is Australia's first multi-disciplinary organisation tackling obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease through research, education and patient care.