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Message from the CEO 

Welcome to the April issue of our newsletter.
What a month! It’s been a busy time here at CRA headquarters and we are only now settling down from the buzz of the conference and bringing the community together in person for the first time in almost three years.
We want to thank everyone who joined us at our Collaborate Innovate Conference, the Innovation Showcase at Parliament House, and the 30th Anniversary dinner and awards. Congratulations again to our well-deserved award winners, Professor Bob Cowan, Professor Calum Drummond, the Oral Health CRC and its commercial partners Mondelez International, GC Corporation and CSL Limited, and the Cancer Therapeutics Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and its successor research and commercialisation entity Canthera Discovery.
It was a joy to meet so many of you ‘off zoom’ for the first time, and to highlight the great Australian success stories and impact of industry-research collaboration.
We are so grateful for your contribution in making Collaborate Innovate a great success and we look forward to meeting again in person soon.
CRC-P Round 12 Announcements
The Hon Melissa Price MP, Minster for Science and Technology, announced the outcomes of CRC-P Round 12 on 24 March 2022. Round 12 was open to all industry sectors with a focus on mRNA-based therapeutics and the priority technologies under the Technology Investment Roadmap – such as clean hydrogen and energy storage.
Congratulations all the successful recipients, who we welcomed for their first cohort roundtable yesterday.
You can view a full list of successful round 12 CRC Projects here.
Round 13 is open and will close on 5 May 2022 at 5pm AEST, with matched grants of between $100,000 and $3 million available for collaborative projects up to three years.
2022/23 Federal Budget
Cooperative Research Australia welcomed the reaffirmation of the Government’s commitment to the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program in the 2022/23 Federal Budget as a great example of policy continuity and investment in a program that works.
We are delighted to see that the Federal Government continues to support the Program with an investment of more than $972.5 million over the forward estimates. It is a significant investment, but one that provides extraordinary return in terms of commercial, economic, and social benefits for Australia
Welcome to our new members
I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members in the service partner category - we're delighted to have you join the CRA community.
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
You can catch the latest podcast from Spiegare here.

We were delighted to announce at the conference our new membership categories, including Alumni & Professional (individual) Membership, Industry Partner Membership, and CRC-P Membership. If you are not yet a member, you can find more information and join here.
If you are interested in becoming more involved or partnering with Cooperative Research Australia, we'd be delighted to meet. Please email us here to coordinate.
Welcome Alison Malmberg

This month we welcomed a new addition to our small team here in Canberra with the appointment of Alison Malmberg. Alison joins us as the Administration and Events Officer here and I am sure many of you will have interactions with her as we grow our member events and services. You can reach her at
We hope you enjoy this latest edition of the newsletter and welcome your contributions and story suggestions anytime.  
Warm regards,
Jane O'Dwyer

Alumni Profile | Dr Nikki Dumbrell

Dr Nikki Dumbrell is an environmental and natural resource economist who is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO.

Her PhD project with the University of Adelaide looked at the social licence to operate in industries such as agriculture and energy. She studied how public expectations, economics, and regulations guide the practices of companies which have impacts outside their operations, for example on the environment or local communities. 

Nikki began her PhD at the same time the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre was being established. The University of Adelaide was involved in the CRC and Nikki came to know that one of its three research programs is centred on social acceptance of future fuels, which fit neatly with her own expertise. She quickly jumped at the opportunity to participate in the CRC where she then went on to study the social acceptance of future fuels such as hydrogen.
Read the full profile here

Conference Review

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Collaborate Innovate. It was so lovely to come together in person and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program and highlight the great Australian success stories and impact of industry-research collaboration. 

We were delighted to have the Minister for Science and Technology, the Hon Melissa Price speak on behalf of the Prime Minister at the Innovation Showcase in the Great Hall of Parliament House where we had over 30 exhibition booths displaying world leading Australian research and products that have originated in the CRC Program.

The Gala Dinner kicked off with a UK Government-hosted welcome reception and address by British High Commissioner HE Vicki Treadell, who highlighted the expanding opportunities for collaboration between the UK and Austria. The Minister for Science and Technology, Hon Melissa Price, opened the Gala Dinner with a speech celebrating 30 years of innovation through the CRC Program and reiteratinghe Government's ongoing support. Keynote speaker David Thodey, who is one of Australia’s most significant and distinguished champions of innovation, challenged the community to be bolder in their engagement with industry and willingness to push boundaries. 

The Excellence in Innovation award winners were announced, celebrating those who embody the highest achievement and contribution to our nation in industry-research collaboration. 
The awardees were:

Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributing to Industry-Research Collaboration - Professor Bob Cowan 
Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributing to Industry-Research Collaboration - Professor Calum Drummond AO  
Award for Enduring Industry-Research Collaboration - Oral Health CRC, researchers at University of Melbourne, Mondelez International, GC Corporation and CSL Limited 
Award for Research Commercialisation - Cancer Therapeutics CRC / Canthera Discovery

The first Cooperative Research Australia Honorary Alumni membership recipients were also announced:

Katherine Woodthorpe AO
Professor Bob Cowan
Professor Calum Drummond AO 
Tony Peacock

Day 2 of the program at QT saw the conference get down to the business of cooperative research, with almost 300 attendees coming together to share in a program covering topics across the broad scope of industry-research collaboration.

A huge thanks to all the delegates, our brilliant speakers and panellists for sharing their knowledge and insights, our amazing sponsors and exhibitors, and the program advisory group. This event would not be possible without all of you. 

We are ready to start planning for our 2023 conference - if you are interested in being involved please contact us here.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. 
Video to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program.

Become a Cooperative Research Australia Member

Cooperative Research Australia aims to be a significant voice for industry-research collaboration in Australia, and our diverse membership reflects this. The community that CRA represents, supports, and advocates for has its origins in the CRC program but now also encompasses post-CRC entities, similar collaborative research organisations, research institutions, industry, alumni and professionals, and service providers.
At CRA, we recognise the unique expertise and perspectives that you all bring to the collaborative research landscape and can support your activities through our member offerings. These include knowledge exchange, networking, professional development opportunities, advocacy, and more. Learn more about our membership categories and member benefits here.
If you or your organisation would be interested in becoming a part of this community, get in touch with Vicki Stanley, our Membership and Business Development Manager.
Contact Vicki Stanley

Cooperative Research News

CEO appointed to lead the Kwinana Energy Transformation Hub (KETH)

The Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC) has reached a significant milestone in the execution of its flagship KETH project with the appointment of Reinoud Blok as Chief Executive Officer of the holding company, Luth Eolas Pty Ltd.
Chair of Luth Eolas, Tim Shanahan, said that Mr Blok’s appointment was a key milestone for the company on its roadmap to deliver the Kwinana Energy Transformation Hub. Reinoud’s extensive experience in development, financing and delivery of major energy projects will create significant momentum towards reaching a Final Investment Decision on the project this year.

Read more here

New CEO to guide the next exciting stage of development of the SmartCrete CRC

SmartCrete CRC is delighted to announce the appointment of Clare (Rutherford) Tubolets as our new CEO commencing on Monday 2nd May 2022.

Clare brings a unique set of skills to SmartCrete CRC having extensive experience in collaborative roles in government, university and industry including current experience in grants management, research and CRC operations.

Read more here

Digital Health CRC appoints well-respected healthcare leader as Acting CEO

The Digital Health CRC (DHCRC) has announced the appointment of Annette Schmiede, a well-respected leader in Australia’s health and aged care sector, to the role of Acting CEO, following the resignation former CEO Terry Sweeney.

Ms Schmiede, who is the current Chair of Research Australia and former Executive Leader of the Bupa Health Foundation, has been active within the DHCRC since its establishment in 2018, more recently as Senior Advisor. The appointment was effective immediately in March 2022.

Read more here

Introducing the Disaster Challenge

Calling all early career researchers and postgraduate students – what can you bring to disaster management in Australia?

Natural Hazards Research Australia is excited to announce the Disaster Challenge – a national challenge to encourage new ideas, new thinking and new research.

Learn more here

Perspectives sought from autistic children and adults who communicate in ways other than speech

Autism CRC is leading the development of a national practice guideline for supporting the development and participation of children on the autism spectrum, and central to this work is hearing the views and experiences of the autistic community.
We are now extending the consultation activities to better include the perspectives of autistic children, autistic young people, and autistic people of all ages who communicate mainly in ways other than speech.

Learn more

Your Street, Your Say: Better streets for Darebin

This project, undertaken by iMOVE Australia, Darebin City Council, and La Trobe University, will build on the community engagement reports and inputs from consultants (urban planning and transportation), to prepare a Concept Plan showing various place-making and mobility enhancement projects that could be used to address the issues on local streets in Darebin. These will mostly be minor road safety improvements and streetscape changes such as pedestrian crossings, raised threshold intersections, street closures, bicycle lane, landscaping, and street furniture etc.

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Science to guide our relationship with nature

Natural Hazards Research Australia CEO Dr Richard Thornton reflects on the floods in Queensland and New South Wales and how we can improve our mitigation, response and recovery as climate change creates conditions that cause more regular severe events.

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Meetings, Events and Conferences

CRA Community of Practice events

Cooperative Research Australia is hosting several community of practice events over the next few weeks. These include the following:
  • Education Managers Forum: Thursday 5th May
  • Wind-up and Spin-off Forum: Thursday 5th May
  • Business Managers/CFOs/COOs Forum: Friday 6th May
  • Research Institution Professional Staff Forum: Tuesday 10th May
If you belong to a member organisation and would like to participate in future events for one of the communities of practice, please contact Vicki Stanley, Membership and Business Development Manager at Cooperative Research Australia.
Contact Vicki Stanley

Future-proofing Australia's Energy Exports

The inaugural FEnEx CRC conference will present our ongoing efforts to help future-proof Australia’s energy exports through LNG decarbonisation and hydrogen cost-reduction. Australia is a global leader in the energy landscape with access to vast resources and is ideally positioned to provide the scale and stability needed by our trading partners. Nevertheless, major challenges are faced by both our incumbent world-leading LNG industry and the rapidly evolving hydrogen sector as customers demand cheap energy with low or no carbon footprint. The collaborative partnerships built through the FEnEx CRC are designed to help address these key challenges through innovation, knowledge sharing and technology transfer.

8 & 9 June in Fremantle

Learn more here

Blue Economy CRC Events

Blue Economy CRC 2022 Participants Workshop
Thursday 12th and Friday 13th May, 2022
2022 Tasmanian Salmon Symposium
Tuesday 10th & Wednesday, 11th May 2022

Australian Ocean Energy Market Summit
Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 & 11 May 2022

Digital Agrifood Summit 2022

Join Food Agility CRC in Wagga Wagga on 1-2 June to explore the latest in robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), the booming carbon market, and how circular food economies are driving regional growth. 

Gain insight from a panel of experts, explore technology exhibitions and visit the Global Digital Farm. Network with interstate colleagues and academics and attend the Gala Dinner hosted by Stan Grant OAM.
Learn more here

Volunteer Leader Toolkit Launch

Natural Hazards Research Australia and Curtin University are launching the Volunteer Leader Toolkit in an online event for volunteers and their leaders across the country at 1pm AEST on 31 May. Register now for the Support Your Volunteers: Volunteer Leader Toolkit Launch to learn about this new online package of resources aimed at current or aspiring volunteer leaders.

Learn more here

CRC TiME launch Dig Deeper webinar series

Want to dig deeper into CRC TiME’s foundation project research findings? Open to everyone, the recently launched Dig Deeper webinar series provides the opportunity to hear from researchers and project participants first hand. 

Each webinar presents two or three projects over an hour, fortnightly on Fridays. The first webinar proved very popular and focussed on Regional Economic Development Program projects on post mining land use, mapping the regulation of mine closure and towards a framework for Regional Cumulative Impact Assessment. If you missed it the video is available here.

The second Dig Deeper webinar is on Indigenous inclusion and Social Values.

Register Here

US National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator: Informational Webinar for Australian Applicants

Please join CSIRO and the US National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator for an informational webinar on a new funding opportunity open to all Australians:

Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges
This track will converge advances in fundamental materials science with materials design and manufacturing methods with the goal to couple their end-use and full life-cycle considerations for environmentally and economically sustainable materials and products that address global challenges.

8.00am to 9.00am
Wednesday 11 May 2022
Online virtual event

Register Here

Jobs, Fellowships & Scholarships

Program Leader RACE for Everyone

The Program Leader RACE for Everyone, is accountable for developing, managing, monitoring, and reporting on projects within the research program through all phases of the project lifecycle, to ensure high quality, high impact industry relevant research.
Learn more

Research Program Manager

The Research Program Manager (RPM) is a new role which supports the research administration activities that are undertaken by the CRC. The RPM will provide executive support to the Research Development Management Committee (RDMC) who manage
Learn more

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

The SmartSat Executive Assistant (EA) provides administrative and project support to the CEO and serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the CEO. It includes ensuring the efficient and confidential management of the CEO's schedule, preparing & editing draft documents, and information and data gathering.
Learn more

Recent Appointments

  • Clare Tubolets - CEO at SmartCrete CRC
  • Annette Schmiede - Acting CEO at Digital Health CRC
  • Alessandro Luongo - Program Director at Digital Health CRC

Tech Transfer Talk: Latest podcast released

Our new Services Partner, Spiegare has released its latest podcast on technology transfer and commercialisation. Tech Transfer Talk is a series of podcasts exploring different perspectives on technology transfer through discussions with a range of experienced executives from around the world. In the newly released episode, the second of a two part series with Paul Bryan, reflects on the role of feedstock, its implications on refinery processes and the role of (US) federal policy in the emerging biobased economy.
Listen Here

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Cooperative Research Members

Autism CRC Building 4.0 CRC SmartCrete CRC
RACE for 2030 CRC Future Energy Exports (FEnEx) CRC CRC TiME
Research Australia
CRC for Optimising
Resource Extraction
Innovative Manufacturing CRC
CRC for Honey Bee
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 Marine Bioproducts CRC
Digital Finance CRC Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition CRC

Research Partner Members

The University of New South Wales 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 
James Cook University  University of Canberra Edith Cowan University
University of Southern Queensland RMIT University La Trobe University
University of Adelaide Australian National University Deakin University
Western Sydney University Charles Sturt University Central Queensland University 
Charles Darwin University University of New England Swinburne University of Technology
University of Wollongong University of the Sunshine Coast

CRC-P Members

Geneworks Pty Ltd Intersective Pty Ltd

Associate Members 

Service Partner Members 

Campus Plus Elementary Law FAL Lawyers
SPP Management
Coretext HWL Ebsworth
gemaker Spiegare Consulting
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