Fourteen projects were funded under the 2019 Capability Development Fund (CDF) scheme so far. Those projects have contributed to the ECP priority areas, as well as to the ECP value chain in several ways but predominantly around Capability Development, Industry Engagement, Capability Deployment and Research Translation.
Here are more details about some of the funded projects and the project teams:
Field-level Integration: Networking for innovation
Project lead: Dr. Bernardo Figueiredo, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
The purpose of this pilot project is to help Early Career Researchers (ECRs) mitigate academic isolation and consequently become more integrated within their academic field, helping them become more aware of sources of academic isolation, especially in relation to their field of research, and develop strategies to increase their integration with the field via enhanced awareness and agency-enhancing. In turn, this will help ECRs establish new research networks with clear strategical and practical implications, developing their capabilities to address specific integration obstacles to forming field-level networks. This aim is directly connected with the ECP research innovation priority associated with organisational transformation and innovation capabilities enhancement.
The first introductory workshop was held on June 25. Participants from the three Colleges considered the workshop very useful and “relevant to everyone”. Their comments have highlighted “the novelty of the topic”, “and the “openness and sense of security in the room” as they “felt comfortable to share experiences and concerns”.
Three additional introductory workshops will be offered in August.
- Tuesday, August 13, from 8.30 - 11.30am
- Tuesday, August 13, from 1.30 - 4.30pm
- Friday, August 16, 2019 from 1.30 - 4.30pm
If the interest is high, a five-session program will be run on the same topic to allow participants to engage more deeply with the process and heap better outcomes.
More information can be obtained by contacting the workshop facilitator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaping connections: How older Australians use technology to combat isolation
Project leads: Dr Bernardo Figueiredo and Dr Torgeir Aleti, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
This pilot project aims to help establish stronger partnership with a not-for-profit organisation to jointly understand the lived experiences of older Australians and technology. By establishing this partnership, the team expects to generate new knowledge in consumer socialisation by investigating experiences of isolation and connectedness, their relationship with different forms of technology, and the consequence of interactions with technology for building supportive collaborative networks. Expected outcomes of the larger project will assist in reducing social isolation, thus improving health and well-being among senior citizens.