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Round 16 CRC shortlist Announcement

The round 16 CRC shortlist is as follows:
  • Advanced Manufacturing CRC
  • Cancer Therapeutics Cooperative Research Centre
  • Capital Markets CRC
  • The CRC for Cyber Security (CyberCRC)
  • CRC for Increasing Agricultural Soil Productivity
  • CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation
  • Data to Decisions CRC
  • The Hearing CRC
  • Manufacturing Industry Innovation CRC
  • Rail Manufacturing CRC
  • Space Environment Management CRC
  • Wildlife Biodiversity Cooperative Research Centre

CRCs which sadly did not make it though this stage are:
  • Center of Perinatal Excellence Cooperative Research Center (COPE-CRC)
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Exercise, Fitness and Injury Technologies
  • CRC for Active and Engaged Ageing
  • CRC for Diabetes and Obesity
  • CRC for Innovative Science Communication and Outreach (CISCO)
Commentary from Dr Tony Peacock, CRCA:

Twelve CRC applications have gone over the second major hurdle of the 16th funding round, gaining an interview in November. Five of the applications that got to the starting gate are now excluded from further participation in the round. It's a desperately disappointing feeling for those that are now out, and a frenetic time for those going forward. They have to submit exemplar projects in the next few weeks and prepare their teams for interview. Over half a billion dollars in government, research provider and industry money is at stake over the next few months.
Of the 12 applications going to the next stage of the round, five come from existing Cooperative Research Centres (Advanced Manufacturing, Cancer Therapeutics, Capital Markets, Sheep Industry Innovation and Hearing). Two of the applications were submitted last year (Space Environment Management and Wildlife Biodiversity). In fact, this is the third attempt for Wildlife Biodiversity. Cybersecurity, Soil Productivity, Data to Decisions, Manufacturing Industry Innovation and Rail Manufacturing are all new applications.
The time for studying the form guide for the strengths and weaknesses of competitors is over. Each of the 12 have a good chance of gaining CRC Program support. As CRC Committee Chairman, Neville Stevens has often told the CRC community, success will be completely dependent on the strength of each individual bid. At this time of year, I often hear speculation on why two bids in a similar area couldn't possibly get up; or why one will definitely get up because the (substitute your favourite Department) Minister thinks it should. At this stage, every gram of energy spent speculating about other bids is a distraction from your own.
There is one feature of this funding round that differs from those in the past. Fifty million dollars has been isolated for CRCs in the manufacturing space. It will be interesting to see how this firm prioritisation in the CRC Program plays out. In the past, priorities have tended to only come into play to perhaps separate very close bids. This time around may prove different.
The CRCA wishes all the bids well. Commiserations to those that stop at this point, but do think about going again in the future. For those going forward - celebrate only a little bit tonight, because you will need all the sleep you can get.

Invasive Animals CRC Strengthens International Collaboration

The Invasive Animals CRC has a strong history of international collaboration which forms a key pillar of the CRCs innovation mission. This pillar has recently been strengthened with the acceptance of a two part agreement with the US Department of Agriculture.

“These two agreements cover an important body of R&D for the Invasive Animals CRC: investigating potential new toxins for starling management in Australia; investigating potential new rodenticides based on humane active ingredients; conducting field and environmental trials to enable registration of a feral pig toxicant in the USA; and investigating fertility control formulations for wildlife” Said CRC Chair Helen Cathles

The Invasive Animals CRC has also had strong Collaboration with the New Zealand Landcare Research, Department of Conservation and Connovation (a NZ SME) and with the United Kingdom FOOD and Environment research agency (FERA).

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CRCSI Celebrating international research relationships

CRC for Spacial Information  this month is celebrating international research relationships. CRCSI PhD student Grant Hausler just recently returned from a  trip to the US, Canada and Switzerland to visit with leading GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) agencies. There he  presented current CRCSI research on Australia's National Positioning Infrastructure. 

30 years of Mental Health Reform in Australia

ConNetica recently released the most signifigant review of its kind in a decade, Obsessive Hope Disorder. This reports concludes our mental health system is failing, with no change in the life expectancy of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or psychosis the starkest symptom. Young and Well CRC CEO Associate Professor Jane Burns, a contributor to the repot had the following to say 'We have the opportunity to create one platform of care together. Let's use technology to reach people in need.'

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Congratulations Drew Evans

Congratuations to Drew Evans from the Auto CRC for Winning the South Australian Young Tall Poppy of the Year at the South Australian Science Excellence Awards.
Drew Evans accepting his award from His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce

10th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) 

The CRC for Railway Innovation in conjunction with the ARA are co-hosting the 10th Wolrd Congress on Railway Research (WCRR). The program is being held in Australia for the first time from the 24th to the 28th of November at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center. The program will feature over 200 speakers from across 30 nations.

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InSPiRE Postgraduate Summer School

InSPiRE is a week-long postgraduate summer school that provides expert training and professional development for researches to promote high quality, collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

Mon         10  February Curtin University
Tues        11  Edith Cowan University
Wed        12  Murdoch University 
Thur        13  The University of Western Australia
Fri            14  The University of Notre Dame Australia

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We would like to congratulate Dr Megan Lord from the UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, who received the Maria Skyllas-Kazcos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement. Dr Lord also took part in the Vision CRC, of which developed the commercially available 30-day contact lenses, which are now used by more than 125 million people

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Upgraded Newsletter

As you may have noticed our newsletter has changed. Recently we changed newsletter providers, not only has this resulted in a more aesthetic design it will allow us to put out a newsletter more consistently. The newsletter still could be subject to change as we iron out any bugs so please bare with us.

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What makes a good CRC ?

Tony Peacock CEO of the CRC Association has recently been traveling the country giving presentations on what a makes good CRC. If your institution is interested feel free to send an email to Pauline at

New office for CRCA
The CRCA recently moved. We are now just settling into our new offices at  Unit 1/10 Burke St. Barton ACT 2600.

New phone numbers are as follows,

Pauline Quinane:
02 6273 0724

Jordan Gardner:
02 6273 1124

Email addresses have not changed.

27-28 August

AIRG Winter Meeting 2013 - How is technology and Innovation Performed in Australasia's Newer Industries ?
At this meeting, the AIRG will consider how technology and innovation are conducted in several of Australasia’s newer industries.  The meeting will contrast the nature of R&D and innovation in the Food Processing Industry, in the emerging “Additive Manufacturing” field, in Green Energy and Clean Technologies and in Medical Biotechnology. A tour of RMIT University’s new advanced manufacturing centre will be included as a part of the conference.

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8-11 September 2013

Canberra; online
The First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation

The conference is directly relevant to CRCs, with its focus on methods for bringing together research findings, and driving change in policy and practice.

12-13 September 2013

ARMS Adelaide 2013 Conference
Stimulating Change: Inspire. Innovate. Engage
The conference will embrace the new way research is conducted with the shift in focus to end users of research, open access to intellectual property and the potential of e-research.

15-18 September 2013


CleanUp 2013
The 5th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference – Australia's premier conference for the contaminated site and remediation industry.

30 September to 2 October 2013

Human Factors in Crises and Disasters
Hosted by the World Psychiatric Association, this conference deals with all aspects of human factors associated with natural and man-made crises and disasters

Australian Innovation Challenge

The Australian Innovation Challenge has been extended to the 9th of September. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase a great idea that could have the power to affect peoples health, wealth or environment. For more information click here

Associate Members
CRC for Cyber Security bid

International Centre for Complex Project Management

Affiliate Members
The Recruitment Alternative
FAL Lawyers
Hynes Legal
Piper Alderman Lawyers
Queensland University of Technology
University of South Australia
The University of Newcastle

CRC for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Health
AutoCRC CRC for Advanced
Composite Structures
Advanced Manufacturing CRC Australian Seafood CRC CRC for Low Carbon Living
Antarctic Climate &
Ecosystems (ACE) CRC
Deep Exploration
Technologies CRC
CRC for Biomarker
Bushfire CRC Cancer Therapeutics CRC Capital Markets CRC
Smart Services CRC CO2CRC CRCMining
Future Farm
Industries CRC
CRC for Contamination
Assessment and Remediation
of the Environment (CARE)
CRC for Infrastructure
and Engineering Asset
Management (CIEAM)
Dairy Futures CRC DMTC Ltd Energy Pipelines CRC
The HEARing CRC CRC for Mental Health Invasive Animals CRC
Biosecurity CRC
CRC for Optimising
Resource Extraction
Young and Well CRC
Oral Health CRC CRC for Polymers High Integrity Pork CRC
Poultry CRC CRC for Rail Innovation CRC for Spatial Information
CRC for Sheep
Industry Innovation
Wound Management
Innovation CRC
CRC for Remote
Economic Participation
Vision CRC CRC for Water Sensitive Cities  

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