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.

Latest RRIF Rapid Responses:

  • Motivators for use of the COVIDSafe App

    This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on what motivates people to download and continue to use the COVIDSafe app.

  • Viability of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces

    This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains viable on different surfaces, particularly clothes, cardboard, plastic, stainless steel, and copper.

  • Most promising COVID-19 therapeutics

    This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on the most promising COVID-19 therapeutics in development globally and nationally, their mechanisms of action, their stage of development and their strengths and limitations.

  • The impact of COVID-19 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.

  • The most promising vaccines for COVID-19

    UPDATED REPORT - This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on the most promising vaccines in development globally and nationally, their mechanisms of action, their stage of development and their strengths and limitations.

  • Impact of the pandemic on Australia's research workforce

    This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on the impact the pandemic is having and likely to have on Australia’s research workforce and its capability to support our recovery efforts.

  • Learning outcomes for online vs in-class education

    This rapid research information brief synthesises the evidence on the differential learning outcomes for online versus in-class education; factors that moderate the relative effectiveness; and distinct implications for students in metropolitan, remote, rural and Indigenous communities.

  • The predictive value of serological testing during the COVID-19 pandemic

    UPDATED REPORT - This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on the predictive value of serological antibody tests and the comparability of point-of-care (POC) tests to laboratory tests.

  • Monitoring wastewater to detect COVID-19

    This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence on the feasibility of monitoring wastewater for early detection and monitoring of COVID-19 in the population.

  • Likelihood of COVID-19 reinfection

    This rapid research brief synthesises the evidence for whether reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 is possible and whether there is any emerging risk that not all patients develop immunity once they clear the virus.

  • Seasonality of COVID-19: Impact on the spread and severity

    This rapid report synthesises the evidence base on the impact of winter on the spread of COVID-19.