New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1990) 34(4): 14–17
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry
FRI/I ndustry Reasearch Co-operative - a framework for successful collaboration
FRI/Industry Research Co-operatives, formed in response to user-pay requirements, have been very successful in achieving and implementing research results and in encouraging a team approach among industry organisations and FRI. A Co-operative is formed in order to achieve a set of technical objectives. Organisations join and researchers participate as appropriate to these technical objectives. Co-operative research is directed by a Technical Committee, managed by a Programme Manager, and carried out by researchers and industry personnel working together. A Co-operative Research Advisory Board, a Research Co-operative Manager, and an FRI Divisional Director oversee and co-ordinate Co-operative activities. Some research projects are more appropriate for the cooperative approach than others. Advantages of Co-operative research to industry organisations are: shared research costs, research goals that are focused on industry needs, faster and more complete technology transfer, and access to all of FRFs expertise when required. Industry involvement in the research process also encourages industry definition of research goals and provides opportunity for achievement of non-research
The author, Dr Sue Carson, is Research Co-operative Manager, Forest Research Institute, Rotorua.
goals. Co-operative research provides FRI with revenue for research which tends to be long-term, to require less marketing, and to encourage independent thinking and innovation. Publication of results is encouraged to maintain high scientific standards, while the commercial advantage to industry is maintained through review of publications and delay in the release of results for an appropriate period of time. Success of FRI/Industry Research Co-operative research is absolutely dependent on FRI maintaining its reputation as a centre of excellence in forestry research.