The CRN programme was announced in the 2009-10 Budget. In May 2011, $61.5 million was announced by the Australian government to establish twelve CRN projects. An additional $19.6 million for three more projects was announced in July 2012, bringing the total funding to $81.1 million for fifteen CRN projects.
CRN is designed to develop the research capacity of smaller, less research-intensive and regional higher education institutions. It encourages these institutions to adapt to a research system driven by performance outcomes by teaming up with other institutions in areas of common interest. All participants in a collaborative network will benefit from partnerships, with flow-on effects for the research and innovation system as a whole.
Guidelines for the CRN programme
The CRN guidelines set out the eligibility requirements, application process, evaluation criteria and selection mechanism for the CRN program.
- View the current CRN Guidelines (updated in October 2012)
For further information about the programme email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The objectives of the CRN programme are to:
- help smaller and less research-intensive universities adapt to a research system driven by performance outcomes
- facilitate collaboration between these universities and larger universities with established research strengths
- encourage less research-intensive, smaller and regional universities to focus their research activities in areas of excellence
- improve the level of collaboration between different parts of the innovation system, and in particular between universities, and
- address wider national research and innovation goals.
Mid-Term Programme Evaluation
In 2014-15 a mid-term programme evaluation was undertaken by consultants to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and strategic policy alignment of the CRN programme. The mid-term evaluation found the CRN programme has generally met its short term objectives: to improve the research capacity of smaller and regional universities by building greater collaboration with larger more research intensive universities.
The Mid-Term Programme Evaluation report found the CRN programme has been successful in:
- encouraging a more strategic focus on developing research strengths amongst project lead universities
- supporting the development of research partnerships, both national and international
- generating a range of institutional reforms, including:
- improved governance structures (greater integration of research and administration processes and business planning)
- research skills training and mentoring of junior researchers
- multidisciplinary approaches to research
- career pathways for researchers
- new business models and products (for example in health, agriculture and resource management) and services (for example, research skills training courses).
For further information about the CRN program, email: email@example.com