Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I engage PhD students in projects which are not guaranteed to continue over 3 years?
FACRC is developing a PhD program that will be attractive to the best students we can find – both in financial scholarship terms and in new and emerging areas of research. In addition, students (and their supervisors) will be chosen on their willingness to work in our agile and industry focused research programs. Students will be engaged in topic areas within a particular theme or program – such as food safety/provenance (decision context) or block chain (value chain innovation) or aquaculture (segment). This means that should an individual project be pivoted or discontinued, a student will be able to transition to new projects within a topic area without undue risk to their thesis preparation. We will be encouraging PhD students to publish along the way (subject to commercial considerations in some contexts) with the aim of wrapping 2/3 substantive empirical papers into chapters that would form the basis of the thesis.
2. I’m not a FACRC partner or involved in the CRC. But my company would like to be involved. What do I need to do to become a partner or get involved in a project?
FACRC is essentially a broker or match maker to orchestrate multi-lateral collaboration to achieve high impact RD&E projects. Our focus is on the development of innovative new services enabled by digital technology – which means that each project will need as a minimum a technology provider, a researcher and a customer (to whom the service is for).
We are only newly established and are still bedding down our processes and attending to the requirements of existing partners as a priority. As a consequence we do not currently have the capacity to work with new partners unless they are aligned to a project already under consideration with existing partners. We are keen to take on new partners with new projects but we are unlikely be doing that until March or April 2018. In the meantime, we can register your interest and be in touch next year as our pipeline develops. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
The new Board of FACRC will be reviewing and agreeing our approach to accepting new partners in the near future.
3. How is the CRC proposing to capture, promote and align capability between partners?
FACRC will be undertaking a priority and capability mapping exercise early in 2018 to capture and share information between partners to improve connectivity and alignment. The project will map key personnel, facilities, exemplar projects and services against the FACRC research programs and impact framework. We are looking forward to working with you further on this tool in 2018.
4. When are we going to have the opportunity to hear from all partners about what is of interest to them and how will that be facilitated?
Whereever possible, FACRC will share details of research and development projects coming up in the pipeline with all CRC partners. We are keen to encourage collaboration between partners and promote diverse co-design. We will only share project ideas with FACRC partners where the lead project partners have agreed to share.
5. How will knowledge sharing and exchange be supported between projects.
FACRC will update partners on project progress through regular newsletter updates. We also plan to host an annual conference and project showcase to share learnings. Furthermore, FACRC and partners will continuously share knowledge at Design Central workshops either focused on a specific problem, or general subject areas.