AIS Innovation Research and Development

AIS Innovation Research and Development        
Prepared by  Prepared by: Claire Kerr, Assistant Director, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Tim Kelly, Manager, Innovation, Research & Development, Australian Institute of Sport (January 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 3 October 2017
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Introduction

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Innovation, Research and Development (AIS iRD) was originally established in December 2004 as the AIS Applied Research Centre (ARC). Its mission is to foster a national approach to applied elite sports performance research, which is achieved by harnessing the AIS internal research effort and brokering a co-ordinated national approach with external partners.

Research and development has always been a major function of the AIS. The report that proposed an institute of sport in 1975 stated that, "it was very clear from European observations that Australia lags well behind in sports science. Research is a well integrated part of the sports institute programs of Europe … In Australia, sports research is minimal and largely dependent upon individual interest" [Report of the Australian Sports Institute Study Group, Department of Tourism and Recreation, 1975: 68]. Now, under the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989, the Commission is required "to initiate, encourage and facilitate research and development in relation to sport; [and] to undertake research and development related to sports science and sports medicine." 




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