Rapid Research Information Forum


The Rapid Research Information Forum (RRIF) was a forum for rapid information sharing and collaboration within the Australian research and innovation sector. It was convened in 2020 by Australia’s former Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, and its operations were led by the Australian Academy of Science. 

RRIF provided a mechanism to rapidly bring together relevant multidisciplinary research expertise to address pressing questions about Australia’s response to COVID-19, as they emerged.

RRIF enabled timely responses to be provided to governments based on the best available evidence. RRIF also informed the Chief Scientist’s interactions and collaboration with other national chief scientific advisers. It demonstrated the critical value of research and innovation in driving societal as well as economic progress now and into the future.

This mechanism has now been replaced by the Rapid Research Information Reports process.

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Changes in public sentiment in relation to data privacy during COVID-19

This rapid research brief analyses whether COVID-19 had an impact on public sentiment in relation to privacy and the widespread use of data and technology by government in responding to the public health crisis, be it through tracing, compliance or enforcement.
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Morbidity, mortality, and sex-specific impacts of COVID-19

This rapid research brief analyses the factors that influence the risk of infection, the risk of severe disease requiring hospitalisation or intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and the risk of death.
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Viability of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces

This rapid research brief responds to the question: how long does the SARS-CoV-2 virus remain viable on different surfaces, particularly clothes, cardboard, plastic, stainless steel, and copper?
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The most promising therapeutics for COVID-19

This rapid research brief responds to the question - what are the most promising COVID-19 therapeutics in development globally and nationally, and what are their mechanisms of action, their stage of development and their strengths and limitations?
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the STEM workforce

This rapid research information brief synthesises the evidence on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on women in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce.