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Collaborative Research Networks

The University of New England has received $4.8 million to establish a regional hub for mental health research.

 

Recipients

The University of New England is set to become a regional hub for mental health research, thanks to a $4.8 million Collaborative Research Network (CRN) project .  The project will tackle pressing national issues such as high rates of suicide in regional areas, disabilities and sexual health. The research this new initiative will provide will help deliver tangible outcomes to regional communities. This initiative will see the University of New England work closely with partner universities – La Trobe University, University of Newcastle, University of New South Wales and University of Sydney – as well as the Hunter New England Area Health Service.

The Australian Government is investing $61.5 million in 12 CRN projects across Australia, in fields such as health, medicine, science and research.

Successful CRN Projects:

  • Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, $1,533,451, Australian Indigenous Research and Researcher Development Project
    • Charles Darwin University
    • Monash University
    • The Australian National University
    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Central Queensland University, $5,530,300, CQUniversity Australia – Health Collaborative Research Network
    • Curtin University
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • The University of Queensland
  • Charles Darwin University, $5,038,353, Northern Research Futures
    • James Cook University
    • The Australian National University
    • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Charles Sturt University, $5,396,181, Excellence in Research in Early Years Education
    • Monash University
    • Queensland University of Technology
  • Edith Cowan University, $5,615,052, Growing Research Excellence at Edith Cowan University through Partnership and Engagement
    • Deakin University
    • Flinders University
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • The University of Adelaide
    • The University of Melbourne
    • The University of Queensland
    • The University of Sydney
    • The University of Western Australia
    • University of South Australia
  • Southern Cross University, $4,639,448, Policy and Planning Research for Sustainable Regions
    • The University of New South Wales
    • The University of Queensland
    • The University of Sydney
  • The University of New England, $4,800,000, University of New England – CRN for Mental Health and Well-Being in Rural Regions
    • La Trobe University
    • The University of New South Wales
    • The University of Newcastle
    • The University of Sydney
    • Hunter New England Area Health Services
  • University of Ballarat, $5,954,970, Self-sustaining Regions Research and Innovation Initiative
    • Deakin University
    • Monash University
    • The University of Melbourne
  • University of Canberra, $6,300,000, Murray Darling Basin Futures
    • Charles Sturt University
    • The Australian National University
    • University of Southern Queensland
    • Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences
    • CSIRO
    • Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities
    • Murray Darling Basin Authority
    • National Water Commission
  • University of Southern Queensland, $5,100,000, Digital Futures
    • The Australian National University
    • University of South Australia
  • University of the Sunshine Coast, $5,450,000, USC Research Futures project
    • Griffith University
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • The University of Tasmania
  • Victoria University, $6,142,245, Education, Active Living and Water: Leveraging Victoria University’s Research Investment
    • Deakin University
    • Edith Cowan University
    • The University of Melbourne
    • CSIRO

 

About

The Collaborative Research Networks Program is designed to encourage less research-intensive smaller and regional higher education institutions to develop their research capacity and adapt to a research system driven more strongly by performance outcomes by teaming up with other institutions in areas of common interest.

The Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) Program is designed as a structural adjustment fund. But unlike the Structural Adjustment Fund, which does not have government grants available for projects directed solely at strengthening university research activities, the CRN is research-specific. It will encourage less research-intensive smaller and regional universities to develop their research capacity and adapt to a performance-driven research system by teaming up with other institutions.

The research mission of less research-intensive institutions could be enhanced by the formation of linkages with larger, more research-intensive universities.  The Collaborative Research Networks program will facilitate the formation of such linkages.  The intention is that all participants in a collaborative network – including both large and small universities – will benefit from the partnership, with flow-on effects for the research and innovation system as a whole.

 

Eligibility

Less research-intensive smaller and regional institutions listed in Tables A and B of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) as defined below will be eligible to apply for government grants through this program. Specifically, the program will be open to institutions listed in Table A and B of HESA which:

  • have an average Australian Competitive Grant (ACG) income over 2007 and 2008 of less than $2.5 million OR
  • have an average ACG income over 2007 and 2008 of less than $12 million AND are based 100km or more from a state capital city.

Based on these eligibility criteria, sixteen institutions will be eligible to apply for Collaborative Research Networks government grants:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • University of Ballarat
  • Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
  • Bond University
  • University of Canberra
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Melbourne College of Divinity
  • University of New England
  • University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Victoria University

 

Funding

The Collaborative Research Networks program will provide approximately $20 million in government grants in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and $10 million in the first half of 2013. Government grants are available for any purpose which supports research capacity building, other than the direct costs of research such as those supported by ARC and NHMRC project grants.  Collaborative Research Networks government grants can be used for some personnel costs, including teaching relief and salaries for staff engaged specifically for Collaborative Research Networks projects.

The program will provide up to $5 million government grants per project. There is no set duration for Collaborative Research Networks projects, but government grants will be provided for a maximum of three years from 2011.

 

More Information

  • Frequently Asked Questions (17KB)
  • Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) guidelines (131KB)
  • Changes to the current CRN application process (pdf 33KB | rtf 32KB)
  • Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) application form (pdf 300KB | rtf 894KB)
  • CRN application form Part F (pdf 90KB | xls 29KB)

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