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Business-Research Connect: Innovating with Cooperative Research Centres

Thu 21 Nov, Sydney

The CRC Association, in collaboration with Innovate Australia, invites businesses looking to improve their competitive advantage to learn how the CRC Program can solve their innovation needs.

In this free one-and-a-half-hour workshop, you will hear from leaders in the CRC community at all stages of the CRC lifecycle about how they created innovation through collaborating with the business and research community.

Who should attend:
  • Businesses wanting to innovate and increase their competitive advantage
  • CTOs and CFOs
  • Innovation managers
  • Dr Tony Peacock, CEO, CRC Association
    'CRC & CRC-P(Project) Programs'
  • Ros Harvey, Founder and Managing Director, The Yield
  • Silvia Pfeiffer, CEO and Co-founder, Coviu
  • Victor Pantano, CEO, Digital Health CRC
Thank you to KPMG for supporting the event.
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Collaboration for Industry Impact

Mon 25 Nov, Canberra 

Bidding for a CRC is a highly competitive process requiring cross-disciplinary teams to come together and collaborate. This takes planning, time and patience.

Developed by the CRC Association and Collabforge, this workshop will combine practical bid-creation content with a deep dive into the theory and practice of collaboration.

The workshop will teach participants what makes a great bid, what the process of bid development entails, the roles of all bid participants, and how to build effective relationship/communication between researchers and industry to develop a compelling bid. This will help researchers to better understand how they can build successful partnerships with their industry partners, and form a bid concept that will deliver industry impact.

Attending this workshop will significantly increase the likelihood of a successful CRC or CRC-P application.

Who should attend:
  • Researchers who have the responsibility for or interest to develop CRC and CRC-P bids.
  • Administrators who have the responsibility for helping coordinate, develop, approve and or administer CRC and CRC-P bids (eg from Commercialisation, Research, Scholarships, etc)
  • Interested industry representatives
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Pilot manufacturing plant to produce high-purity alumina for batteries and LEDs

Mining company Lava Blue has partnered with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and IMCRC to set up a pilot plant to transform kaolin clay into high-purity alumina (HPA) which is used to make LEDs and Lithium ion batteries.
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Hazer partners with the  Innovative Manufacturing CRC and secures $800,000 funding for Graphite ACM R&D Program

IMCRC supports the successful R&D collaboration between the Hazer Group and the University of Sydney’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Over the next two years, researchers will be investigating the use of graphite ACM derived from Hazer’s novel manufacturing process - the Hazer Process, focusing on applications including Li-ion batteries, water purification, and additives for lubrication products.
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Towards an Industry 4.0 future – leadership for innovation

David Chuter, CEO and managing director, IMCRC, explains how to look beyond the technology of Industry 4.0, and focus on its value to manufacturing.

Every day, business leaders, in partnership with the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), are searching for ways to embrace and invest in the advanced and digital technologies that have become closely associated with the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0.

And it is easy to see why. In the past few years new technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, automation, 3D printing, robots, and sensors have disrupted traditional manufacturing business models and rapidly expanded the potential for what manufacturers can create.

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Digital Health CRC ramps up research program

Digital Health CRC’s research program continues to build strongly, with ten major digital health R&D projects now approved to commence.

More projects are anticipated to be signed off soon.

Five of the latest projects can be found here and here:

Details on the other new projects will be uploaded to the Digital Health CRC website over the coming weeks (see News and Events).

Digital Health CRC has also just announced the Living Better Lab - a new partnership between the CRC, The Aged Care Guild and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) - to drive innovations that aim to improve the quality of life for older Australians. 

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Autism CRC releases Annual Report 2018-19


The 2018-19 year saw Autism CRC’s unique national collaboration not only deliver on program milestones, but positively contribute to autism-related practice and policy, community capacity and the nature of autism research. Each of Autism CRC’s programs are now implementing major initiatives that draw together research outputs from the 80+ investment projects undertaken to date, to deliver integrated, transformative outcomes for their user communities – in early childhood, the school years and adult life.
The annual report details Autism CRC’s many achievements to date.

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CRC for Mental Health announces launch of spin-out company, Wellbeing Strategies

Australian start-up Wellbeing Strategies will be continuing the success of the CRC for Mental Health’s innovative approaches to educating early career researchers including the proactive mental wellbeing program Write Smarter: Feel Better and development of software solutions to address the reported mental health crisis in graduate research students.

Founding directors are Ms Melanie Carew, former CEO and Head of Education at the CRC for Mental Health, and Dr Karra Harrington, former PhD candidate in the CRC and a practicing psychologist.

 “It’s been a pleasure to see their education approaches grow from small trials in 10 students in 2017, through to publication of an in-person group model in Nature in 2018, adoption in seven universities and now into a spinout company. Wellbeing Strategies is an important part of the CRC for Mental Health legacy and we are proud and excited to see what is next for them,” said Dr Larry Ward, Head of Business Development at the CRC for Mental Health

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Cooperative Research Centre to reduce the burden of low back pain


A group of researchers from the University of Sydney and Queensland University have teamed up to propose a CRC in Low Back Pain. The group is led by Associate Professors Paulo Ferreira, Manuela Ferreira, and Professor Paul Hodges.

Low back pain affects nearly 4 million people in Australia at any one time, and 58% of full-time workers need to limit their number of working hours due to low back pain. The median time lost due to serious compensation claims alone for low back pain in the financial and insurance services sectors is 6.6 weeks per claim. Clearly this is a problem worth solving. 

Low Back Pain could be better managed at the workplace if it could be identified earlier, before it becomes chronic, disabling, forcing people to abstain from work.

The proposal aims to reduce the average number of days off work per low back pain claim by 50%. This will be achieved with the use of technology (e.g. sensors, webapps) that can identify low back pain symptoms and triggers early so that proper management can be implemented before employees go on sick leave. 

The CRC project already includes strong industry partners and is open for others interested in significantly reducing the burden and costs of low back pain.

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Global Talent Independent program (GTI)

On Monday 4 November 2019, the Hon David Coleman MP officially launched the Global Talent - Independent program which offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia.

The program is designed to attract skilled migrants at the top future-focused fields to Australia. The program brings the best talent from around the world. This creates opportunities for Australians by transferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating job opportunities. 

Target sectors

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
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CRCs on the airwaves

Rachael Falk, who is CEO of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, joined Dr Tony Peacock and the ABC's Adam Shirley on ABC Mornings.

Originally broadcast by ABC Radio Canberra 666 on Wednesday 6th Nov 2019.

Bidding for a CRC? Let us know

Bidding for a CRC or a CRC-P is a very competitive process. Not all bids make themselves know 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.
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Innovation Thoughts, a podcast by the CRC Association

Hosted by CEO Tony Peacock, each episode of Innovation Thoughts sees Tony interview a different expert in science or industry.

Subscribe via your preferred podcast platform to be notified of new episodes, or see them on our social media channels.

Stories wanted 

If you know of any stories you think would interest the CRC community, please send them to

Members' specials and benefits

CRC Benchmarking Study
Conducted every two years, the study benchmarks CRC operational data. The study is the perfect tool when setting up a CRC. 

Meltwater media monitoring and distribution 

Meltwater and the CRCA have recently partnered to ensure all of its members can access to media intelligence services. Find out more here. 

FCM Travel Solutions (FCM)
Members gain access to discounts on flights through FCM Travel Solutions (FCM), the Association's preferred full-service travel provider. 

Australian Science Media Centre
All full members of the CRC Association get a subscription to the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC). The AusSMC is an independent, not-for-profit service for the news media, giving journalists direct access to evidence-based science and expertise. Instructions for uploading a media release or adding an expert to their online database can be found here.

CRC Association Services

CRC Workshop – Basic
The CRC Association will deliver an overview of the CRC Program and its achievements and outcomes at your institution. CRC Association members receive one complimentary workshop each year. Non-members will be required to cover the cost of flights, accommodation and a speaking fee.

CRC Workshop – Deep Dive
In this workshop, the CRC Association will work with the company
Collabforge and delve into collaborative theory. It’s a great way to begin building a pipeline of CRC-P and CRC applications. CRC Association members receive a discounted rate. Download the brochure here.

CRC – Clinic
Are you preparing to bid for a CRC or are you just about to submit? The CRC Association will hold a clinic where we will review your bid with you and give feedback. CRC Clinic is available to CRC Association members free of charge (subject to availability). Clinics can cover up to half a dozen CRC-Ps in a session and can be combined with other workshops. Non-members will cover the cost of flights, accommodation and a consultancy fee. 
The CRC Association can tailor workshops to your needs and source additional speakers from the Industry Growth Centres or participants to maximise the benefit for your staff.

Cooperative Research Centres

CRC for Contamination
Assessment and Remediation
of the Environment (CARE)
CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity Cancer Therapeutics CRC
 Rail Manufacturing CRC CRC for Water Sensitive Cities CRC for Living with Autism
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC CRC for Optimising
Resource Extraction
Innovative Manufacturing CRC
CRC for Honey Bee Products Cyber Security CRC Future Fuels CRC
Digital Health CRC Future Battery Industries CRC SmartSat CRC
iMove CRC Soil CRC Food Agility CRC
CRC for Developing Northern Australia MinEx CRC Fight Food Waste CRC
Blue Economy CRC Future Food Systems CRC Brien Holden Vision Institute

Supporting Members 

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

Associate Members 

FrontierSI Australasian Pork Research
Institute Limited (APRIL)
FCM Travel Solutions(FCM) Agrimix Pastures         RoZetta Institute
  Oral Health CRC

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