Rapid Research Information Forum (RRIF)

The Rapid Research Information Forum (RRIF) is a forum for rapid information sharing and collaboration within the Australian research and innovation sector. It is convened by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE FAA FAHMS, and its operations are led by the Australian Academy of Science. 

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

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

Forum member organisations

  • Australia’s Chief Scientist (Chair)
  • Australian Academy of Science (AAS)
  • Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS)
  • Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH)
  • Royal Society Te Apārangi (New Zealand)
  • Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)
  • State and Territory Chief Scientists and representatives
  • Chief Science Advisor to the Government of New Zealand
  • Scientific expert members of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
  • Universities Australia (UA)
  • Science & Technology Australia (STA)


Latest Rapid Responses:

RRIF09. Most promising COVID-19 therapeutics

RRIF08. Impact of COVID-19 on women in the STEM workforce

RRIF07. Most promising vaccines for COVID-19

RRIF06. Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Australian research workforce

RRIF05. COVID-19 online learning

RRIF04. COVID-19 Serological Antibody Tests [PDF]

RRIF03. Monitoring wastewater to detect COVID-19 [PDF]

RRIF02. Likelihood of COVID-19 reinfection [PDF]

RRIF01. The likely impact of winter on the spread and severity of COVID-19 [PDF]