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Message from the CEO 

Welcome to the July issue of our CRCA Newsletter.  

It’s been an exciting month here at CRCA headquarters with the announcement by the Hon Christian Porter, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology of the three newest CRCs. Congratulations again to Digital Finance CRC, the Marine Bioproducts CRC and the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition (HILT) CRC. The high quality of all the bids is a hallmark of the program, and we pay tribute to all teams involved in round 22. This brings the total number of Cooperative Research Centres to 233 since the establishment of the program in 1992.  Their impact has been substantial, and they have created the innovation workforce in Australia that can work across universities, research institutions and industry. 

Collaborate Innovate 2021 - New Dates 

As you will have seen, we have rescheduled the dates of our annual conference Collaborate Innovate to 18-20 October 2021.  
Our Program Advisory Group have been instrumental in bringing together an outstanding program. The Conference will open on 18th October with the annual Early Career Researcher competition, presented with the generous support of CQ University. It will be followed on 19 October with the Innovation Showcase in the Great Hall at Parliament House in the morning, then a full day of programming and the Gala Dinner and Awards for Excellence at The National Arboretum. We’ll close off the conference with the Annual Ralph Slatyer Address on 20th October.  
Early Bird Registrations are now open at the Conference Website  

We are so looking forward to seeing you in Canberra in the spring. 

Awards for Excellence in Innovation and Early Career Researchers Competition.  

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Awards for Excellence in Innovation in four categories: 

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Industry-Research Collaboration 

  • Award for Enduring Industry-Research Collaboration 

  • Award for Research Commercialisation 

  • Award for Impact 

The Awards will be presented at the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner on 19 October. Details on the Awards, eligibility and judging criteria can be found here 

The early Career Researchers Competition, generously supported by CQ University, is also open. One of the most popular events of the annual conference, early career researchers have the chance to win $5,000, and finalists will receive free regisration to the conference as well as flights and accomodation.  Details can be found at 

Annual General Meeting  

Thank you to all our members who participated in the Annual General meeting. It was wonderful to see so many members represented. The meeting was a significant one - approving a modernised constitution, new membership categories, and a new name for the Association. We will shortly launch the new membership categories and benefits, and you will see us begin to use our new name Cooperative Research Australia - signfiying the wider impact of CRCs as the bedrock of industry -research collaboration for Australia. 

Survey Competition Winner  

A huge thank you to the 313 subscribers who helped us by completing our member survey last month. The feedback is invaluable and helps shape our planning for the future.  

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the draw for a complimentary registration to Collaborate Innovate 2021 is Andrew Beveridge.

CRC Bidding Roundtable  
In collaboration with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources we hosted a roundtable on CRC Bidding to coincide with the opening of Round 23 of the CRC Program. 

We want to thank our speakers Hon. Kate Lundy, Acting Chair, Cyber Security CRC, Dr Guy Boggs, CEO, Transformations in Mining Economies CRC, Dr Liz Barbour, CEO, Honeybee Products CRC, Mr Chris Gonzales, Manager, CRC Grants, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources who shared their experiences of the bidding process and what stood out to them as important to make a competitive bid. 

If you were unable to attend or would like to rewatch the session, please click the link to see the recording. 
Phd scholars and Masters Students Program Advisory Group  

If you are a student in a CRC and want to help shape the conference program for the PhD and Early Career Scholars in Collaborative Research Centres and meet other CRC scholars, please get in touch with us via email at  We’d love to hear from you as we finalise the program for the the conference. 
Finally, our thoughts are with our colleagues, members and subscribers who affected by the lockdown in NSW. We hope it ends soon for you all.  

We hope you enjoy this latest edition of the newsletter - and welcome your contributions and story suggestions any time.  
Warm regards,   
Jane O'Dwyer 

Bidding for a CRC? 

Bidding for a CRC or a CRC-P is a very competitive process. Not all bids make themselves known to the CRC Association but those that do are more competitive. We can help you make the connections and introduce you to the people you should be talking to.

We host regular roundtable information sessions for each bidding round and to help guide you with the bidding process. the most recent bidding roundtable is available here.

Our website is also a great resource and has a list of all current bids available to view here. If you have a bid and would like it featured in the newsletter please let us know. 

If you are currently preparing for, or thinking about a CRC or a CRC-P bid in the current or a future round. The CRC Association is here to assist you, so please get in touch with us here.
Find out more

CRC for Intelligent Manufacturing 

Join us for an information session about the bid for a new cooperative research centre - the CRC for Intelligent Manufacturing - that aims to deliver productivity, growth, scale and transformation to Australia's manufacturing sector.

The new CRC will focus on collaborative R&D investments embracing next horizon digital and manufacturing technologies, and head towards where Germany and other countries are taking Industry 4.0 with a vision for autonomy, interoperability and sustainability, including through significant development and application of industrial artificial intelligence.

In the online information session, we will 

  • outline the investment opportunity and bid timeline
  • describe why the CRC for Intelligent Manufacturing is needed 
  • introduce the research programs
  • explain the CRC's collaborative investment model as well as governance structure
  • outline the partner requirements, timeslines and deliverables
  • answer questions from interested and potential partners

Register here 


CRC Longevity

Type of bid: CRC
Round: Round 23
Contact for bid: Professor Laurie Buys & Dr Nicole Walker
Status of bid: Full business case development
Seeking partners ?: yes
Description: Australians are living longer than ever before, but traditional assumptions about the 65th birthday are a roadblock to Australia’s future economic growth and sustainability. CRC Longevity is an Australia-wide, industry-led research collaboration to drive economic growth from this longevity bonus. It will bring together industry, government and researchers to deliver deep insights that drive innovation in new services, products and policies for older Australians. It will be guided by the needs and wants of individuals and communities, providing industry and government with hard evidence to support investment. It will lead to approximately $33 billion in annual economic opportunity by 2030, increasing GDP, exports and growth in high value employment for Australians, and positioning Australia as a leader in the global longevity economy. The CRC Longevity will deliver economic and business growth by focusing on three key areas: employment and job creation; productivity; and new products and services.
Prospectus: Download 

Plastic Waste CRC 

Type of bid: CRC
Round: Round 23
Contact for bid: Professor Chengrong Chen
Status of bid: Full business case development
Seeking partners?: yes
Description: The Plastic Waste CRC will rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics to create a viable and valuable circular economy for plastic, and a cleaner, safer environment. The development of a circular economy for plastic is fundamental to solving Australia’s plastic waste challenge. The Plastic Waste CRC will identify new technologies, products, services and industries that can emerge from taking on a circular economy approach. By rethinking the way we design, use and reuse plastic, the Plastic Waste CRC will fast-track the development of a viable and valuable circular economy for plastic that will create 1000s of jobs, drive business, economic and export growth, and result in a cleaner, safer environment.
WebsitePlastic Waste CRC

Water Security CRC

Type of bid: CRC
Round: Round 23
Contact for bidProfessor Stuart Bunn
Status of bid: Full business case development
Seeking partners?: yes
Description: The Water Security CRC will deliver water security solutions for cities, towns and communities that optimise water-related benefits for people and economic actives, sustain healthy aquatic ecosystems and project against growing environmental challenges. WSCRC will realise the full value of infrastructure investment necessary to strengthen water security in Australia across rural communities, regional towns and major cities.
Website:  Water Security CRC
Prospectus: Download

Alumni Profile

Dr Baran Yildiz

Baran Yildiz is an energetic researcher who represents Australia’s bright future in innovation. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at UNSW’s School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering. 

He was attracted to the CRC Program for doctoral research after his Master of Engineering at UNSW. 

“I’ve always wanted to do research that is intertwined with industry. I heard about the Low Carbon Living CRC and its ambitious targets spoke to me. It presented the opportunity to do further research in smart home energy management systems (HEMS), which could benefit both households and electricity providers. So I thought, why not?”

The two primary partners in Baran’s PhD project were UNSW and Solar Analytics Pty Ltd, which is a smart energy monitoring company. The industry collaboration was invaluable to his research. 

“Collaborating with industry gives you a closed feedback loop. They can give advice on what is applicable or not and you can fine-tune your research. But it is a balancing act. You can’t just think about industry for your research. You have to see the bigger picture. But when narrowing it down, industry input really helps.”  

His advice for prospective PhD students is to embrace opportunities to collaborate with industry. 
“I would encourage them to be in close touch with industry’s needs to extract the most value from their research. This can only happen with open communication. This does not mean industry dictates the research, but its input can be a guideline.”
After his PhD, Baran expanded his industry collaboration in a CRC-P, led by Solar Analytics with other players in the energy sector such as SA Power Networks, Energy Queensland Limited and WattWatchers Pty Ltd. 

“Solar Analytics was happy with our synergy, so they asked me to work on this project.”

Baran and his team built a prototype device to use excess solar energy to heat household water rather than feed back to the grid. This helps households use their solar generation to maximum benefit and helps energy providers to avoid issues caused by an overabundance of solar energy.

His experience in collaborative research continued as a project leader in the Curtailment and Network Voltage Analysis Study (CANVAS) with the RACE for 2030 CRC. 
Baran is already seeing the impact of his collaborative research. His papers have been used for reports by the Australian Energy Market Commission and the Energy Security board, which are both significant decision-makers in the energy sector. The technology from Baran’s CRC-P research is now ready for commercial application.”

His next project will be implementing electric water heating control  to 2500 households in NSW in collaboration with Endeavour Energy to make best use of excess solar generation. 

“It’s a very applied project. I’m very lucky to have this opportunity and I’m excited for it.”

Baran acknowledges the challenges of being a researcher who straddles the academic and commercial sectors. 

“How academia sees success and how industry sees success are not necessarily the same. In industry there is more emphasis on profit and a quick return. Whereas academia takes more time and its currency is publications.”

He says that a researcher who is deeply engaged with industry is extremely beneficial for both parties, even if they do not excel in the sector-specific KPIs. 

“I hope that both academia and industry will see the value of this bridge.”

He concluded by pointing out the benefits of the CRC Program to his career.

“My experience with the CRC Program has contributed to my growth in academia and understanding of industry. It allowed me to shape research to not only benefit science, but also industry and the wider community.”

To learn more about the projects Baran is working on you can find them here.

CRC News

Celebrating SEM CRC’s Legacy

If you’ve made a phone call from a mobile phone, used an ATM or GPS, watched TV, sent an email, or surfed the net, you’ve more than likely used space-enabled technology.

Satellite technology, and our modern way of life, is threatened by the mounting risk of collisions between satellites and space debris. This risk currently threatens individual spacecraft and ultimately the viability of the entire space environment.

Thankfully, the Space Environment Management CRC, managed by the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC), was established to build on existing expertise in measurement, monitoring, analysis and management of space debris, and to develop technologies to preserve the space environment.

Over five years, the CRC has built a strong legacy through its many achievements.

Read more here

Welcome to Natural Hazards Research Australia

 The Australian Government has announced the establishment of the new natural hazards and disaster research centre, with $85 million in funding to deliver critical research into natural hazards.

Natural Hazards Research Australia continues the coordinated multi-disciplinary national research effort of two Cooperative Research Centres over the last 18 years – the Bushfire CRC and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. It will focus on natural hazard resilience and disaster risk reduction and will address the major challenges arising from bushfires, storms, floods, heatwaves, earthquakes, cyclones and other hazards, including recent events such as the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Learn more

It has been a long journey, but this is just the beginning…Mission accomplished!

After three years of research, development, testing, adjusting, re-doing and creating – Sleeptite are so pleased to announce that they are successfully finishing up their Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) with all milestones completed.

The CRC-P, which was launched in 2018 brought researchers from RMIT University together with Sleepeezee Bedding and Sleeptite. As it successfully wrapped-up in 2021, the team unveiled breakthrough technology that prevents elderly people falling from their bed with REMi detecting breathing and heart rate data.

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Supporting the mental health of young adult emergency service volunteers

New resources have been developed through the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (now Natural Hazards Research Australia) to support positive mental health and wellbeing of young adult emergency service volunteers.
One of the key resources, the Care4Guide, was developed with young volunteers, for young volunteers, and provides a practical and evidence-based starting point for supporting mental health in the face of potentially traumatic emergency situations.
The research was led by Dr Amanda Taylor at the University of Adelaide, in partnership with Flinders University, the University of Western Australia, the University of British Columbia (Canada), the Hospital Research Foundation, AFAC, Military and Emergency Services Health Australia, several key emergency service agencies, and young adult volunteers.

Read more here

APRIL Launches the Commercialisation Advisory Panel

The Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd. (APRIL) is pleased to announce the formation of its Commercialisation Advisory Panel (CAP).

The CAP is a new initiative aimed at providing a mechanism for innovators, both in and outside of the pork industry, to ‘pitch’ an idea (e.g., new or novel concepts, products, practices, technologies) for potential co-funding from APRIL, that will ultimately be of benefit to the industry and the investor. The APRIL CAP comprises industry leaders having vast experience in all facets of pork production, applied research and commercialisation, and will provide feedback and commentary to researchers/industry personnel regarding a potential commercialisation opportunity with APRIL. 

If you have a smart idea and think it might benefit the pork industry, and you are willing and able to ‘pitch’ your idea in 10 minutes or less to the CAP, then please contact APRIL’s Manager of Commercialisation and Research Impact, Dr Charles Rikard-Bell, at

Learn more


Former CEO of the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation awarded Order of Australia

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor James Baber Rowe, the former chief executive officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) on being awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to science as a Researcher and Educator.

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Building 4.0 CRC Chair awarded Order of Australia

Chair of Building 4.0 CRC, Dr Bronwyn Evans AM, has made it onto the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List for her significant service to engineering, to standards, and to medical technology.

This award as a Member in the General Division (AM) brings her official recognition tally to three, with Dr Evans having previously been recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers, as well as recognised as a 100 Women of Influence.

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National practice guideline supporting children on the spectrum

Autism CRC is pleased to begin work on a national practice guideline for supporting the development and participation of children on the autism spectrum and their families.

This guideline will build on the comprehensive and current review of the international high-quality evidence base presented in our 2020 report, Interventions for children on the autism spectrum: A synthesis of research evidence. It is essential that this science is now operationalised in the Australian context, combining the evidence-base with the expertise of both practitioners and people with lived experience as equal partners in the process.

The guideline will inform and equip families, so they might make more informed choices, and provide health, disability, education and other child services professionals with a unifying set of language and standards for consistent, effective and ethical program delivery.

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New CRC TiME Study on Recycling Mineral Waste

The Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME), along with partners Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue), University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University (Curtin), are pleased to announce their latest project focussing on increasing plant nutrients in iron ore waste, enabling improved mine site rehabilitation in the Pilbara.

The 12 month project is centred around the Fortescue’s Chichester Hub mine site and includes experimental glasshouse-based and laboratory testing undertaken at UWA, along with microbiology expertise from Curtin.

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Super-Charging the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Cartherics Pty. Ltd. (“Cartherics”) and ToolGen, Inc. (“ToolGen”) announced today that they have entered into a commercial licence agreement.

Under the agreement, Cartherics obtains world-wide rights to ToolGen’s intellectual property (IP) relating to the use of CRISPR/Cas9 for genome editing involving the insertion of CAR (chimeric antigen receptor) genes and deletion (knock-out) of specific genes that code for proteins that inhibit immune cell function.

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Two more projects bring total to 14 and rising

Building 4.0 CRC has launched another two projects, bringing the total number of active projects to 14.

In one project, industry and research experts will work together to investigate the major challenges and opportunities for the effective implementation of DfMA and Lean production principles in construction.

The other new project addresses the growing demand for reliable methods to rapidly assess and compare the environmental impacts of alternative building solutions. The team seeks to generate a knowledge base to inform the development of decision-support systems, supporting environmentally efficient building design.

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SmartCrete CRC Project Funding Announced

SmartCrete CRC is delighted to announce the funding of the inaugural project “Recycled Waste in Concrete for Municipal Applications” in collaboration with industry and research partners OPV (Office of Projects Victoria) and RMIT University.

Since establishment in June 2020, SmartCrete CRC has worked to promote scientific and engineering research for Australia’s concrete industry, including developments within the concrete supply chain and associated industries.
All SmartCrete CRC projects are driven by the needs of industry partners and the end-users with whom they engage.

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Research Spotlight

Driving change with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research

With the plethora of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research from 2013–21 now available, how can you best make use of the research findings most relevant to your area of interest you?

The Driving Change online resource is the place to start, collecting and curating the best and latest research from across the eight years of CRC research. Driving Change provides the all-important first steps to using the project outputs with overviews and many great examples of current use, all linking back to the underpinning research.  

Learn more


Collaborate Innovate 2021 is scheduled to take place 18-20 October in Canberra. We are looking forward to celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the CRC Program with an excellent program. 

Keep up to date with the latest announcements to our program, ECR Competition, Excellence in Innovation Awards and The Innovation Showcase here 

From Risk to Remediation 2021
CRC CARE Online Masterclass on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication

August 16 to October 22, 2021
10-week self-paced course with live Q&A sessions and site/lab tours

CRC CARE’s invaluable masterclass is presented by proven industry experts, policy makers and industry professionals. The interactive format offers practical and hands-on guidance tailored to the Australian contamination industry. Gain new and practical skills to apply to the management and remediation of contaminated sites. Get abreast of the latest thinking and new knowledge globally in science, law, policy and case studies to accelerate your capabilities and competence and deliver more value to employers, policymakers and customers. Get in-depth knowledge of site assessment procedures, risk management tools, and remediation technologies and strategies, along with the latest management expertise for contaminated land and hazardous waste.

Register here.

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The 2021 Crawford Fund Annual Conference

13-14 December 2021, Canberra

The 2021 Crawford Fund Annual Conference is titled “Food & Nutrition Security – The Biosecurity, Health, Trade Nexus,” and is being held on 13 and 14 December 2021 in Canberra. 

The hybrid conference will explore the specific risks to plant, animal, and human health, how these factors are putting global food and nutrition security in peril, and the emerging technological and management solutions to overcome these threats. 

Learn more

Awards and Competition

Early Career Researchers Competition

We want to hear about your research and why it matters!

The Early Career Researchers Competition is an annual competition run by the Cooperative Research Centres Association celebrating research and challenging early career researchers to enhance their communication skills, receive peer review, and gain skills surrounding the presentation of their research to a broad audience.

The three best entries will get:

  • A trip to Canberra with airfares, transfers, conference registration and all social events, including the CRC Association’s Gala Dinner and Innovation Awards (value $3,000)
  • The opportunity to give a five-minute thesis presentation on your work at Collaborate Innovate 2021
  • The chance to win $5,000.
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Awards for Excellence in Innovation

The Awards for Excellence in Innovation showcase and recognise the impact of collaborative research in the Australian innovation system, society and economy.

The Awards will be presented at the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner on 19th October as part of the CRC Association’s annual conference, Collaborate Innovate 2021.

Eligible nominees are those employed by an existing CRC Association member of any membership category, or an employee, Board member, partner or researcher in a current or former CRC or CRC-P. Nominations are assessed by a panel of eminent judges appointed by the CRC Association Board.

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Jobs, Fellowships & Scholarships

RACE for 2030 Industry PhD scholarships now open for applications

RACE for 2030 CRC is proud to announce the first 8 scholarships for Industry PhD projects across the CRC’s research priority areas. The Industry PhD Program is engaging industry and universities to train the future workforce through practical, demand driven research projects.

These demand-driven, industry supported PhD scholarships are now open for applications in the areas of:

  • Net zero buildings
  • Customer trust in the energy sector
  • Off-grid Indigenous community microgrids
  • Green hydrogen solutions for the home
  • Smart charging for EVs
  • DER microgrids
  • Retrofitting housing stock
  • Tariffs for residential and industrial customers

A scholarship of $38,000 per year for 3 years will be provided to the successful candidate to work on the industry-identified problem with our partner Universities. An additional $3,000 per year will be available for research related expenses.

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Fight Food Waste CRC recruiting Communications Manager

Location: Adelaide, Fight Food Waste Ltd offices, Urrbrae

Duration: Full-time, performance-based contact until 30th June 2028

Renumeration: A remuneration package of $120,000 to $130,000 (including 10% superannuation)


  1. Manage the length and breadth of Fight Food Waste Ltd communication activities to help make the organisation the one-stop-shop for food waste information in Australia.
  2. Lead the delivery of the Fight Food Waste CRC communications strategy and extension activities and the Stop Food Waste Australia communications community of practice.
  3. Play a pivotal role in raising the profile of the $20 billion food waste challenge in Australia to help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, to halve food waste by 2030.
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Have you ever wanted to help inspire, empower and commercialise Australian science on the global stage?

Launch your career with the Science and Commercialisation Division with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

They are seeking APS 5 and 6 – Policy and Program Officers, and EL 1 Assistant Managers.

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FAL Lawyers Queensland University
of Technology
University of South Australia
The University of Queensland
Murdoch University
The University of Newcastle
The University of Sydney University of Tasmania Curtin University
Flinders University Griffith University University of Technology Sydney
Macquarie University Monash University The University of Melbourne 
University of Western Australia University of Canberra Edith Cowan University
University of Southern Queensland RMIT University La Trobe University
University of Adelaide Australian National University Elementary Law
Western Sydney University Charles Sturt University The University of New South Wales
Charles Darwin University University of New England  

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Australasian Pork Research
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