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The ECU-led Collaborative Research Network focuses on growing research excellence at the University through partnership and engagement.

It aims to create world-class research capacity and outcomes through collaborative partnership with nine universities across Australia.

The network will focus on areas of national strategic importance, including health, frontier technologies, environment and education.

Network objectives

The aims of the partnership and engagement network are to sustainably increase:

  • collaborative research
  • research active staff and students
  • research support staff
  • knowledge sharing
  • exchange programs
  • top tier publications
  • higher degree research completions
  • competitive funding security.

The ECU CRN is a $17.8 million investment, including $5.6 million funding from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training Collaborative Research Networks program, along with contributions from our partner universities.

The CRN funding is allowing the strengthening of the research partnerships within the 6 sub-projects, and is beginning to build new partnerships through collaboration on a range of research grants and journal publications.  The CRN funding is also allowing ECU researchers to develop their initial research sphere by exploring new areas of research through technology and collaborations.

Cross CRN Collaborations

Professor John Finlay-Jones (DVC Research) and Dr Darren Gibson (CRN Manager) participated in three national workshops facilitated by the University of the Sunshine Coast. Two Good Practice Guides and A Handbook for the Executive Leadership of Research Development were produced from the workshops. The PDF attachments are available for download.


Professor Margaret Jones
Office of Research & Innovation
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5401

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