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Research Development

A research agenda for a complex world

Over its first 18 months, CRC TiME and partners have collaborated on Foundation Projects, new projects and strategic planning, leading to the identification of research initiatives that will drive transformation.

The relationship between initiatives and projects can be one to one, or one to many where multiple projects deliver as part of one initiative. Critically, these signal the start of a co-design process where CRC TiME will provide opportunity for partners to actively participate in the design of the outputs within each initiative.

Fifteen initiatives are being developed over the course of the year, with the first seven expected to be scoped by July 2022. We invite you to participate in the development of these initiatives.


CRC TiME’s Research Prioritisation Plan outlines its research priorities for the next three years, and details eight priority research areas that are key to sustainably transforming regions post-mining.

Developed consultatively with CRC TiME partners, the Research Prioritisation Plan sets the building blocks for ground-breaking studies in mine closure and post-mining futures. Built from the work currently being undertaken in the 22 Foundational Projects, the research program challenges the status quo, questions how well current systems work, and forces a re-examination of how mining systems, regional planning, regulatory regimes, social groups and professional teams work together.

Each of the research priorities, has a problem statement, goals, objectives, and priority research questions and will be explored through research projects that sit under four program areas, utilising a system of regional hubs for place-based research and demonstration throughout Australia. Due to the longevity of mining projects, and the even longer post-mining periods that follow, the research agenda explicitly considers the dynamic nature of the earth and the global trends that are shaping it. All the research priorities are connected to key outputs as defined in the Goals and Milestones in the CRC TiME Commonwealth Agreement.

Crucially, a fundamental research principle applying across all CRC TiME projects is the inclusion of First Nations leadership in helping set strategic directions and implementing activity in the development and delivery of these research programs.


CRC TiME is seeking to develop projects that will deliver on the research priorities and project areas outlined in the Research Prioritisation Plan.

CRC TiME’s project development process is underpinned by co-development and a process that has three stages to ensure our projects are collaborative, meet end-user needs and deliver transformative change. Projects above $250k are approved by the Board, with proposals due approximately four weeks prior to Board meetings.

Upcoming Board meeting dates:

  • Wednesday, 1 June, 2022
  • Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
  • Tuesday, 22 November, 2022