Collaborative Research Networks (CRN)


The Collaborative Research Networks program is intended to effect structural adjustment in the research and research training capacity of smaller, regional and less research intensive universities in the higher education system

The CRN program was announced in the 2009-10 Budget. A total of $81.1 million of the CRN funding was committed to 15 projects through two competitive selection rounds. The program has ceased.

Mid-Term Program Evaluation

In 2014-15 a mid-term program evaluation was undertaken by consultants to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and strategic policy alignment of the CRN program. The mid-term evaluation found the CRN program 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.

Mid-Term Program Evaluation report

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