Collaborative Research Network
Regional universities in Australia are often smaller and less research-intensive than those based in metropolitan areas. Therefore, in 2011, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research launched a unique Collaborative Research Network (CRN) program designed to encourage regional universities to partner with research-intensive universities to develop their research capacity and adapt to a research system driven more strongly by performance outcomes.
The CRN at SCU has three elements, one of which links the Centre for Children and Young People with the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales. A particular aim of this partnership has been to increase policy-related research within the CCYP.
Key outcomes from the CRN include:
- The appointment of postdoctoral fellows;
- CRN PhD scholarship;
- Increased peer-support opportunities for HDR students and postdoctoral fellows;
- Staff mentoring;
- Delivery of a diverse program of workshops across SCU campuses;
- Joint high-level grant applications;
- Opportunities to host distinguished international scholars.
The CRN program is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.