What PICCC does
- Links researchers in Agriculture Victoria and the University of Melbourne ("the partners"), allowing staff to access capacity and resources in both organisations.
- Provides a facilitating mechanism to develop collaborative projects between the partners, and with other research, government and industry collaborators.
- Identifies funding opportunities and enhances synergies between the partners and their projects so that research collaborations and opportunities are maximised for researchers.
- Minimises duplication of research effort and inefficiencies in research funding between the partners.
- Provides branding for researchers and staff to use that recognises both partners equally and that, over time, will become internationally recognised for quality science.
- Creates a virtual centre for housing the University's and Agriculture Victoria's research into climate change and primary industries. A small team of PICCC staff are based at the
University's Parkville campus; PICCC researchers are spread across the state from Horsham to Ellinbank.
- Manage projects or contracts – projects are aligned with PICCC if they match the PICCC objectives, but projects are managed by the most logical partner organisation.
- Manage or employ project staff – PICCC is a virtual centre and staff associated with PICCC projects remain employees of their host organisation.
- Authorise projects – new projects that have in-kind, financial or resource implications for either partner must be authorised by that partner.
This is facilitated through partners being represented on the PICCC Research Executive.
- Limit its remit to Victoria – although both founding partners are Victorian, PICCC aims to grow through partnerships with departments and universities in other states. PICCC's research focus will be nationally-relevant.
- Take over the research of Agriculture Victoria and University of Melbourne – as explained above, PICCC creates links, facilitates collaboration and enhances synergies between the partners and across
the primary industries climate change research space. Partners' research staff will continue to lead and deliver the research.