AIS Applied Research Centre
The focus of the AIS Applied Research Centre is to increase the capacity for relevant research across the diverse disciplines that comprise the Sports Science Sports Medicine departments of the AIS. In addition to ‘in-house’ research, the Centre is the vehicle for negotiation with potential collaborators and funding agencies, as well as for promotion of innovative achievements.
The Centre coordinates a Post-Graduate Scholarships which aims to progress Australia’s next generation of sports scientists by giving students the opportunity to work closely with AIS programs in an ‘applied’ setting. In coordinating the scheme, the Centre works closely with Universities and the relevant sports to ensure the successful candidates have the academic credentials, as well as the ability to fully immerse themselves in the high performance sports environment.
Research funding is provided on a competitive basis with a number of funding mechanisms available. The Centre welcomes external collaborators who can demonstrate technology or innovation that will have a direct performance outcome for AIS athletes. External (non AIS) researchers must liaise with an appropriate sport scientist at either the AIS (refer to various sports science/medicine departments) and/or a sport scientist at one of the state/territory institutes/academies of sport to seek their endorsement before proceeding with a funding application. This is to ensure the research will have a truly practical application in preparing Australia’s elite athletes for international competition. All research must obtain ‘Ethics Committee’ approval prior to application.
A key component of the Centre’s activity is the formation of collaborative arrangements that provide the AIS with increased access to expertise and other research resources. The Centre has enjoyed enormous success on this front, collaborating with Universities, Businesses, Sporting Organisations and other government research agencies. Most recently, the Centre has been involved with large scale research projects with the CSIRO and National ICT Australia (NICTA).
Recent research published by staff from the National Institute Network (NIN) which includes the Australian Institute of Sport and the State Institutes and Academies of Sport (SIS/SAS) can be found on the Clearinghouse for Sport Research and Publications from National Institute Network Researchers page.
More information about current and previous AIS research programs is also available in the Clearinghouse for Sport AIS Innovation Research and Development portfolio.