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18th Selection Round CRCs Announced

Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science has announced the 18th CRC Selection Round today with $151.5 million in funding across four CRCs.

The four successful applicants are detailed below and are expected to commence operations in mid-2017.
  • CRC for High Performance Soils - $39.5 million over 10 years
  • CRC for Honey Bee Products - $7 million over 5 years
  • Food Agility CRC - $50 million over 10 years
  • iMove CRC - $55 million over 10 years 
The CRC Association would like to congratulate the four CRCs that were funded. While we are delighted with the result, our commiserations go out to the three CRCs that were not funded: Cyber Security CRC, Future Water CRC, and Innovation for Mental Wealth CRC. This was a highly competitive round. The three non-funded CRCs were tackling important work and we encourage them to re-bid in Round 19 or source funding through an alternative mechanism.

The 19th selection round is expected to open in May 2017.
Minister's annoucement

Northern Australia CRC open for business

The Australian Government has announced the establishment Board of the $75 million CRC for Developing Northern Australia, which will get to work on attracting research projects that benefit the north.

The CRC, which will have its headquarters in Townsville as part of the Townsville City Deal, will be chaired by Cairns business woman Sheriden Morris. Its other members include representatives from Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, said the CRC is open for applications for short-term collaborative research projects that will enhance the competitiveness of Northern Australia.

“This CRC will bring together industry, research organisations and all northern jurisdictions with international partners to tackle barriers to private investment in the north, with an initial focus on agriculture, food and tropical health,” Minister Sinodinos said.

Minister's annoucement

New workshops announced

How do Industry Growth Centres engage with business and researchers to boost sector competitiveness?

The Industry Growth Centres will be hosting a series of workshops to open Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 on Tuesday 23 May 2017. The day will now start at 11:00 am.

Industry Growth Centres can assist with establishing an industry driven R&D agenda including translation to commercial outcomes. This series of workshops will include:

  • How Growth Centres and current CRCs can work together to translate CRC outcomes into commercial propositions
  • Working together to identify opportunities to address industry priorities, including through establishing CRCs or CRC-Ps that address industry needs 

Each Growth Centre will host a separate workshop. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about how you can collaborate effectively.

These workshops have been added to conference registration at no extra cost. A Tuesday-only price is also now available.

The CRC Association would like to thank our sponsors: 
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Rocking exploration

An excellent write-up on DET CRC's RoXplorer, which cuts the cost of drilling from $300 per meter to $50 per meter, was recently featured in Mining Monthly.
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Video of DET CRC RoXplorer® Coiled Tubing Drill Rig

Building a stronger African food security and trade network

35 African biosecurity professionals from ten Central and East African countries met last week in Lusaka, Zambia for the fourth Africa Plant Biosecurity Network workshop.

The meeting included African Fellows from the network and industry members from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to share information, provide ongoing mentoring, and boost training and outreach.

The aim of the Network is to improve national and regional quarantine and plant protection, thereby lifting crop yields, enabling safe regional trade and enabling safe trade and expanding international market access opportunities.

The workshop focused on several areas that are key to improving biosecurity in Africa; surveillance, seed-borne diseases and emergency response. As well as hearing from experts, Fellows will work to design surveillance systems, improving skills to manage seed-borne disease threats and responding to new pest incursions, both at national and regional levels.

The Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership is led by Australia’s Plant Biosecurity CRC and funded by ACIAR and CABI. The program is being delivered by a consortium of the Plant Biosecurity CRC, ACIAR, CABI and the Crawford Fund. Watch the video:

2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes | Entries now open

Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. Entries close Friday 5 May.

HEC Group joins the Rail Manufacturing CRC  and UTS on innovative battery project  

The Rail Manufacturing CRC today announced the HEC Group will join the Centre as a new participant on an innovative lithium battery project.
Working in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney and the HEC Group, the project overseen by the Rail Manufacturing CRC will focus on the development of new materials for lithium ion batteries to be used for rail vehicle propulsion, regenerative braking, signaling systems and auxiliary applications.
The Rail Manufacturing CRC is responsible for connecting industry organisations with Australian research institutions to deliver leading rail R&D projects, with the Centre’s CEO Dr. Stuart Thomson recognising a strong connection between the HEC Group’s capabilities and the Rail Manufacturing CRC’s purpose.
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Models for 'what if?' scenarios

What if an earthquake hit central Adelaide? A major flood on the Yarra River through Melbourne? A bushfire on the slopes of Mount Wellington over Hobart ‘What if?’ scenario modelling by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is helping government, planning authorities and emergency service agencies think through the costs and consequences of various options on preparing for major disasters on their infrastructure and natural environments and how these might change into the future. The research is based on the premise that to reduce both the risk and cost of natural disasters, we need an integrated approach that considers multiple hazards and a range of mitigation options. Case studies for Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania will be completed, taking into account future changes in demographics, land use, economics and climate. Find out more at

Connect through the Business-Research Match-Up

Companies and universities are reaching out to each other more often, but they don't always connect. Many companies tell us that universities are like a "black box" to them. They don't know where to start. University academics aren't always trained or equipped to seek out opportunities with business.

The Business-Research Match-Up at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 is designed to chip away at some of those barriers. Australia has great research strengths and these will be available for businesses to meet and see if opportunities exist to turn that research into new products and services. Businesses with specific needs can flag them so that institutions with something to offer can pitch their solution in the structured 20-minute meetings.

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Are you bidding ?

Are you currently preparing, or thinking about preparing, a CRC or a CRC-P bid in the current or a future round?  Are you also looking for partners? Then the CRC Association wants to know.

By letting us know about your CRC bid we can help you make the connections and introduce you to the people you should be talking to. The bids will be advertised on the CRC Association website and in the fortnightly newsletter.
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