About the Framework

How are the strategies supported?

To underpin the national RD&E strategies, the PISC RD&E Subcommittee is addressing important principles, processes, systems and information to ensure the effective ongoing management of the Framework. These include implementation and operational issues such as access to research and intellectual property management, governance, portfolio analysis and extension.

The Guidelines for Delivering the Framework will ensure that national research is made widely available and that regional research priorities will be considered in the national context. The Guidelines also recommend governance arrangements for the Framework as a whole. All national RD&E strategies are required to comply with these Guidelines.  Download the Guidelines.

Efficient and effective extension of new knowledge and technology is a crucial element of the framework, and while services are generally provided regionally, significant benefits are expected from a coordinated and cooperative national approach. A set of extension principles have been developed for framework parties to use to guide their programs.  Download the Extension Principles.

Harmonisation of common processes
Significant efficiencies are expected by harmonising common processes within the framework. The first two priorities are in evaluation of projects and standardising contracts. Principles and best practice guidelines for evaluation have been supported by jurisdictions and the RDCs. The RDCs are also continuing to work towards a common research contract.  Download the Evaluation Principles.

Intellectual Property Management
Protecting intellectual property (IP) is sometimes a necessary step in commercialisation of research, but this should not inhibit national research being made available to interested parties. Principles have been developed to ensure effective IP management within the context of the framework.  Download the IP Principles.

Knowledge Management
Knowledge management impacts on all areas of RD&E. Effective knowledge management will be critical to the success of the national RD&E framework. For example, after the cessation of AANRO, PISC agencies agreed to store their publicly available research outputs in their own digital repositories and expose these via the web using standard formats which enable the repositories to be accessed and retrieved by specialised external web search services.