The Australian Government has released the new iteration of the Strategic Research Priorities. The new priorities, developed by the Australian Research Committee (ARCom) will drive investment in Australian research and, in particular, guide future actions under the National Research Investment Plan.
The challenges and associated strategies which make up the Strategic Research Priorities are as follows:
• Living in a changing environment
– Identify vulnerabilities and boundaries to the adaptability of changing natural and human systems
– Manage risk and capture opportunities for sustainable natural and human systems
– Enable societal transformation to enhance sustainability and wellbeing
• Promoting population health and wellbeing
– Optimise effective delivery of health care and related systems and services
– Maximise social and economic participation in society
– Improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• Managing our food and water assets
– Optimise food and fibre production using our land and marine resources
– Develop knowledge of the changing distribution, connectivity, transformation and sustainable use of water in the Australian landscape
– Maximise the effectiveness of the production value chain from primary to processed food
• Securing Australia’s place in a changing world
– Improve cybersecurity for all Australians
– Manage the flow of goods, information, money and people across our national and international boundaries
– Understand political, cultural, economic and technological change, particularly in our region.
• Lifting productivity and economic growth
– Identify the means by which Australia can lift productivity and economic growth
– Maximise Australia’s competitive advantage in critical sectors
– Deliver skills for the new economy.
The SRPs will cover the period from 2013-14 through to 2015-16 and will be reviewed triennially as part of the development of the next National Research Investment Plan.
For further information about the priorities and their intended application see Strategic Research Priorities.