Collaborative Research Networks Projects

Collaboration or research linkages are crucial to successful research. They draw together experts from a variety of institutions and achieve a range of benefits.

Often an important part of local and regional economies are the less research-intensive universities, particularly those in outer-suburban and regional areas. The research mission of such universities – which includes research training – is often strongly connected to local needs and priorities.

Their research missions can be enhanced by the formation of research linkages:

  • with larger, more research-intensive universities, or
  • with less research-intensive universities with compatible goals.


The twelve universities listed below are leading a diverse range of research Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) projects. The Australian government announced funding of $61.5 million for these projects on 31 May 2011.

On 26 July 2012, the Australian government announced funding of $19.6 million for three additional projects. These projects will be led by the Australian Catholic University, Bond University and the University of Notre Dame Australia and are scheduled to commence during 2013.

For an overview of the CRN program, see About the CRN.

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