Useful Resources - for future collaboration

Useful Recourses - to assist future collaborations

The following are resources that have been made available by the CRERRPHC to assist in the development and management of their multi-institutional collaboration.

Research Impact Database


For further information regarding this database which has been made available, free of charge, please click here:

To arrange a demonstration of this Research Impact Database, please contact Lisa Lavey, on 03 5440 9082 or email:


Lavey L (2015). Research Impact Multi-tool - a one stop database for measuring and tracking research outputs.  Presented at the 2015 Australasian Research Management Society Conference 2 October 2015, Singapore.

Lavey L & McGrail M (2015). Getting research evidence into rural health policies: what does it take? Presentation at the 13th National Rural Health Conference, Darwin, 24-27 May 2015.

Establishment and Management of a Multi-Institutional Centre of Research Excellence: Tips for New Players


The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) established a network of nine Centres of Research Excellence funded by the Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Strategy. The centres were multi-institutional partnerships of two or more institutions (universities and/or non-government organisations), hence the term Multi-Institutional Centre of Research Excellence (MICRE) used in this document. The MICREs, were funded for a period of four or five years to provide a program of research in primary health care policy and system improvement, to build research capacity in primary health care services and to provide the evidence to support the adoption of their research into policy and practice.

Establishing and coordinating a MICRE is complex and time consuming, and there are limited “how to” resources
available to those involved. Recognising there were challenges specific to MICREs, and based on their own experiences, Lisa Lavey and Catherine Spooner (both MICRE Managers), and Chilandu Mukuka (Research Manager from the funding body) conducted a study to document these issues experienced and lessons learned by each of the MICREs.
The results of the study revealed six broad areas where MICREs experienced challenges, namely:

  1. Budgets;
  2. Contracts;
  3. Recruitment;
  4. Teamwork;
  5. Communication; and
  6. Research Impact & Knowledge Transfer and Exchange.

A Tips for New Players document has been prepared to assist new investigators, administrators and project coordinators in establishing and managing a MICRE efficiently and effectively, thereby minimising problems associated with operating across multiple sites.

To obtain a copy of this document, please click here:



  • Lavey L, Spooner C & Mukuka C (2015). Research Administration Managers and Research Project Managers - playing a key role in establishing and managing multi-institutional collaborations. Presentation at the 2015 Australasian Research Management Society Conference, 1 October 2015, Singapore.
  • Spooner C, Lavey L & Mukuku C. (2015). Lessons from establishing and managing multi-institution centres of research excellence. In: 2015 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.
  • Spooner C & Lavey L. (2013). Establishment of Multi-Institution Centres of Research Excellence - tips for new players. In: 2013 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.
  1. Spooner C, Lavey L, Mukuka C & Eames-Brown R (2017). Multi-institutional Research Centers: Planning and Management ChallengesThe Journal of Research Administraiton, 47(2): 32-48.