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18th Selection Round Update

It’s down to the wire in the 18th Selection Round for Cooperative Research Centres. Fifteen groups bid earlier this year and seven of the fourteen compliant bids will be interviewed next week.
The shortlisted candidates are:
  • Future Water CRC
  • CRC for Honey Bee Products
  • Innovation for Mental Wealth CRC
  • Cyber Security CRC
  • iMove CRC
  • Food Agility CRC
  • CRC for High Performance Soils
In effect, the CRC bids are not only competing against each other but against the 2nd Round of CRC-Projects. Sixty-two CRC-P bids were recently lodged. The CRC-Project programme was developed following the Miles Review and has attracted a lot of attention. No separate budget allocation is made,  with CRCs and CRC-Ps being funded within the same total funding envelope.

The final step of the selection process is an interview with the CRC Advisory Committee. The Committee may choose to include additional expertise in the specific area addressed by a CRC. One-hour interviews will be held with each bid, with bidders allowed the first 15 minutes to present their bid. Bidders are allowed eight representatives in the room.

“There is not a separate scoring mechanism for the written application and the interview. Blow the interview and you blow the bid,” says Tony Peacock from the CRC Association, adding “no pressure”.

“I think trust and teamwork are significant factors in the interview. It’s hard to judge how people will collaborate through the written bid. The interview is the best place to decide if this is really a team or not.”

Following the interviews, the CRC Advisory Committee will provide advice to Minister Greg Hunt. The Advisory Committee now falls under Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) and the degree of input from the ISA Board is not yet known.

Announcement of the winning bids will be made late in 2016 or early 2017. Dr Peacock says he expects “one to four bids” to be successful in gaining funding. The CRC Association wishes all bids the best of luck.

666 ABC Presenter Alex Sloan Retiring

Canberra 666 ABC afternoons presenter Alex Sloan, retires from full-time broadcasting on 9 December. Alex has interviewed dozens of researchers and end-users from CRCs over many years. Thousands of people in the Canberra region have got to know more about the brilliant and practical Australian innovations though Alex’s regular chats with CRC Association CEO, Dr Tony Peacock, and guests.

“We talk for about 25 minutes, so it’s a brilliant opportunity to explain the science,” said Dr Peacock.  

“Occasionally, even the guest gets more than a couple of minutes to talk”.

Starting as “Feral Talkback” after the opening of the Invasive Animals CRC, it later converted to an “Innovation chat” in 2010 when Tony moved to the CRC Association. While following the changing future of the CRC Programme, the stories of innovation and the people behind them have made the sessions a staple on Canberra radio.

Alex will return to the ABC to broadcast the Australia Day celebrations and interview the Australian of the Year. She will be leading the discussions at the CRC Association’s conference, Collaborate | Innovate | 2017.   

First Autism Hackathon

Autism CRC hosted Australia’s first Hackathon aimed at developing real-life solutions specifically for the autistic community. The highly successful three-day event saw teams of autistic adults, developers and designers, and service providers working together to develop technology solutions. Autism CRC chose five research projects targeting all age groups including a program that supports adolescents to transition successfully into post-school life and an anxiety resource for adults.

“Autism CRC undertakes research that will provide practical and tangible benefits to the autism community,” said Autism CRC CEO, Mr Andrew Davis.

“The Hackathon provided the opportunity to fast-track the process of translating our research into an app prototype that can be used by the community. This innovative event put autistic people at the centre of the process to ensure that the app that is developed is appropriate and beneficial for the autistic community.”

The generous support of a number of partners made the event possible including: The Still Dynamic, Salesforce, ANZ, The Post Project, nVision Talent, Specialisterne Centre Australia and Bracket Labs.

Excellerate Australia (AA2020 CRC) Recognised at MEEA

Excellerate Australia (Automotive Australia 2020 CRC) was recognised in two categories at the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia Mobility Engineering Excellence Awards last week.
The MEEA Automotive Gold Award was awarded to a collaboration between GM Holden, Excellerate Australia and Deakin University for their Ingress/Egress Ergonomic Assessment Tool for Automotive Design.

The virtual design tool allows manufacturers to quantify the difficulty in entry and exit of a vehicle at the design stage, thus eliminating the need for full size physical models. It covers a wide range of vehicles and occupant types and its bio-mechanical analysis covers every muscle in the human body to assess potential difficulties.  As well as reducing the need for prototypes models generally, it will facilitate the development of vehicles for people with specific needs, including those created by our ageing population.
The Postgraduate Gold Award was presented to Zhengqing Liu from RMIT University for his ‘Prediction of the Acoustic Properties of Vehicle Interior Trims’. Zhengqing is working with industry partner Futuris to develop a method to predict and optimise the interior cabin noise level for different interior trims and seating systems, ultimately resulting in a database of material properties that will allow the company to quickly and easily respond to specific car maker needs.

Excellerate Australia would like to congratulate all our collaborators across both projects on their awards.
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Data to Decisions Annual Conference

The 2016 Data to Decisions Annual Conference saw over 150 attendees gather at the Hotel Realm in Canberra on November 15th. D2D CRC’s CEO Sanjay Mazumdar opened the conference, followed by numerous presentations on topics including Big Data Management, Architecture & Knowledge Discovery, Intelligence Analytics & Forecasting, Data Curation, Narrative Visualisation, Law & Policy and Extracting Intelligence from Multimedia.
Presenters varied from D2D CRC software engineers and data scientists, researchers from University of South Australia, University of New South Wales, Deakin University, University of Adelaide, Australian National University, University of Queensland and Monash University as well as various presenters from external national security agencies.
The event was concluded with an Annual Conference Dinner where CRC Association CEO Tony Peacock gave the Key Note Speech. The dinner was also an opportunity to showcase exceptional teams and individuals within D2D CRC. Congratulations to the following award winners: Innovation Award – Beat the News Team, National Security Impact Award – Integrated Law Enforcement Team, Collaboration Award – Law & Policy Team, Early Career R&D Award – Dr Wei Kang, CEO’s Award – David Blockow.

Space CRC to Host Undergraduates

The Space Environment Management CRC (SERC) is hosting eight undergraduate students as a part of the ANU AITC Summer Internship Program / Northrop Grumman Global Externship Program.  The AITC Summer Internship Program gives undergraduate students practical experience, develops professional skills and exposes them to opportunities in the Australian space industry. The Interns are working across various SERC Research Programs on a diverse range of projects from adaptive optics, space debris characterisation, conjunction analysis and threat warnings.
In addition to their specified projects, all interns will participate in activities that develop their professional skills and expand their understanding of the Australian Space Industry, including:
  • A tour of the AITC and EOS Space Systems with project briefings
  • A practical introduction to Systems Engineering, Project Management and Risk Analysis from SHOAL (formerly Aerospace Concepts)
  • A visit to Nova Systems including a briefing on their activities
  • Video conference briefings with technical experts from Northrop Grumman in Australia and the US
  • A tour of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Awards for Excellence in Innovation are now open

The 2017 Awards for Excellence in Innovation are now open. The awards were initiated in 1999 to recognise outstanding examples of the transfer of CRC research results, knowledge and technologies that have been developed for a wide range of users.

Last year, four winners were named in the fields of sheep genetics, health fraud, energy pipelines, and degradable film technologies for crop propagation. The award winners' videos can be found here.

Applications are open to all CRC Association members.

The awards will be presented at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 on 24 May at Australian Parliament House.
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University-Industry Collaboration Survey

Project collaborations are complicated to run and have multiple factors that influence how well they work. We are starting to understand the nature of these partnerships more, but whilst many collaborations look good on paper, the real test needs to be the outcomes of the enterprise.

Massey University, New Zealand, is conducting research into how the many factors that affect these projects affect their outcomes, and at what stages they impinge on the benefits to both Industry and Universities.

Take the survey

Business-Research Match-up expression of interest

Are you a business looking to collaborate? Do you want to connect with researchers, other businesses, and leaders in their field? Then express your interest and attend the Business-Research Match-up, the premier event connecting business and researchers together.

The CRC Association is inviting businesses to apply for the special opportunity to attend the Match-up free of charge, a usual cost of $650.

The Match-up will be held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at QT Canberra as part of the CRC Association annual conference, Collaborate | Innovate | 2017.
Apply now

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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Collaborate | Innovate | 2017

The CRC Association is in the planning process of next year’s conference, Collaborate | Innovate | 2017, to be held from 23-25 May at QT Canberra.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Sponsorship provides a host of benefits and exposure among a diverse range of attendees: politicians, industry leaders and the Cooperative Research Centres community. You won’t find a similar opportunity this year.
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CRCs in the news

Nov 17, 2016 10:30 am

A Western Australian family charitable foundation, set up to address health and education issues, has won the Great Australian Philanthropy Award presented annually by Research

Nov 08, 2016 04:00 am

A two day workshop to develop a National Tramp Ants Biosecurity Plan begins today in Brisbane.

Nov 04, 2016 11:25 am

Our printed solar cells. Tomorrow’s manufacturers will be tattooing solar inks onto flexible materials, bending them in-shape, and making buildings and other creations that generate electricity.

News from the Minister
Nov 21, 2016 03:44 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

A local community group has been established as the next step in the Australian Government’s consultation process, to determine whether a nominated site in South Australia is the best location for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Nov 21, 2016 01:40 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, is interviewed by journalists at Parliament House, Canberra.

Nov 21, 2016 11:46 am | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

From classifying galaxies to counting koalas across the country, recording rainfall or your own sleep habits, citizen science projects give Australians the chance to contribute to scientific research.

Nov 21, 2016 09:31 am | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Coalition Government has announced almost $6 million in funding to support the Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Program.

Cooperative Research Centres

The Lowitja Institute Excellerate Australia (Auto CRC) CRC for Low Carbon Living
Antarctic Climate &
Ecosystems (ACE) CRC
Deep Exploration
Technologies CRC
CRC for Living with Autism
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Cancer Therapeutics CRC Capital Markets CRC
CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing  Space Environment Management CRC CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity
Data to Decisions CRC CRC for Contamination
Assessment and Remediation
of the Environment (CARE)
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC
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  Rail Manufacturing CRC CRC for Spatial Information
CRC for Sheep
Industry Innovation
Wound Management
Innovation CRC
CRC for Remote
Economic Participation
Vision CRC Innovative Manufacturing CRC  
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