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Measuring, monitoring and improving partnership arrangements involving research agencies

26-27 October 2016,  Swinburne University of Technology

Partnerships involving research agencies, funding organisations, government agencies and prospective end-users pose unique challenges due to the complex nature of inter-relationships and the wide variety of expectations from each participant.

In many cases, these challenges go largely unrecognised when the partnerships are formed, posing serious threats to the ultimate success of the partnership and the overall business and research goals. Anticipating and minimising such challenges will help any partnership reach its true potential.

Based on the methodology from world leading author, Dr Nicholas Fisher, the course will provide participants with a practical understanding of how the process of Partnership Value Management can be used to:   
  1. assist in establishing a sound basis for forming a partnership, by clarifying each partner’s understanding of what they are expected to contribute to the partnership, the benefits that they are likely to derive, and what will be important about the process of working together.
  2. provide a quantitative basis for monitoring how well the partnership is working and for identifying where improvements are most needed.
  3. assessing, at the end of the project, which aspects of the collaborative process worked well and what could be done better in the future.
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New CEO for the Energy Pipelines CRC

Mr David Norman has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Pipelines CRC.

David brings a rich history of experience from the international oil and gas industry as well as a drive for innovation. He has previously worked for Royal Dutch Shell for over 21 years in an array of commercial, managerial & technical roles, both in Australia and globally and has demonstrated a long-term interest and passion in collaborative projects.

Outgoing CEO Prof Valerie Linton will remain in a consultative role on select projects to ensure the ongoing success and value of these projects for the Australian pipeline industry. Valerie will also remain as Deputy Chair of the CRCA Board.
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Engage the Growth Centres

The Industry Growth Centres are still relatively new organisations. But they are rapidly developing in their appointments and plans. If you are contemplating a CRC-Project bid in Round 2 or developing a CRC bid for Round 19, you need to know your respective Growth Centre. While you might know a few players in a sector, the Growth Centres are your entry into the whole sector.

Each of the Growth Centres is developing and will publish a Sector Competitiveness Plan, which is a great starting point to see how you can make a contribution. A draft of the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Growth Centre plan is already live for sector feedback. The Competitiveness Plans will be developed with the relevant industry sector and will identify critical issues over the next decade.

Some researchers have expressed confusion at recent seminars held by the CRC Association over the exact role of the Growth Centres in a CRC or a CRC-P bid. In some cases, this might be due to a lack of knowledge about the Growth Centre, a lack of time to consult the Growth Centre or the Growth Centre may not have had the appropriate staff yet appointed or the competitiveness plan completed. In those cases, try again, as an awful lot has been happening.

In a number of cases, a proposed bid will fall outside the mandate of any Growth Centre or may overlap with several. CRCs and CRC-Ps will be considered in areas not covered by a Growth Centre. However, the Government is prioritising programs because the Growth Centres are operating in those sectors expected to grow (you might have guessed that from the name). When engaging with more than one, you should decide on one lead Growth Centre in consultation.

Although all Growth Centres do have access to a competitive pool of funds, they should not generally be thought of as a funding or granting body in terms of a CRC or a CRC-P application. Think of Growth Centres as leveraging industry access and expertise rather than dollars. Early engagement is the best engagement.

Seminar: A competitive CRC bid – what does it take?

The CRC Association will be holding a series of free seminars around the country on what it takes to put up a competitive CRC and CRC-P bid. We are currently in the process of organising seminars in Sydney, Brisbane and Townsville.

Canberra - 19 September
Brisbane - 20 October

D2D CRC to develop Big Data Architecture for Australia's Agriculture Sector

Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) has recently partnered with 14 rural research and development corporations (RDCs) for a unique project aimed at exploiting big data opportunities for the Australian Agriculture industry. The project, Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture will see almost $1.4 million directed from the Rural R&D for Profit programme to this project.

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Natural hazards science highlighted in Brisbane

Research on all things natural hazards has hit new heights, with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC setting an attendance record at its annual conference held in Brisbane from 30 August to 2 September.

The conference - AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ – saw more than 2,300 emergency service managers, volunteers, researchers and industry representatives on hand at the conference, which is held in partnership with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council.

The CRC's Research Forum kicked off the week, with delegates hearing about how the latest Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research is finding new ways to keep communities safe from natural hazards. This was followed by a further two days of talks from emergency managers, industry leaders and more research, and argument by the largest trade exhibition in the history of the conference. 160 exhibitors from 14 countries showcased an extensive range of equipment and services, while the live demonstrations and expo stage proved to be a highlight, featuring a live demonstration of a road crash rescue performed by the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation.

Dr Richard Thornton, CEO of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, said the conference and Research Forum highlighted the importance of relationships between research and the emergency services.

“To have the connectedness that exists and continues to evolve between researchers and emergency management practitioners is fantastic. These critical relationships are increasingly important, and a key aspect of what the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is about. These partnerships are more important now than ever as we continue to embed research findings into practice,” he said.

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The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016

Underpinned by a strong scientific and cultural framework, the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016 will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous delegates from around Australia and the world. Together we will celebrate Indigenous cultures and knowledges; learn about the best science, practices and solutions; build national and international partnerships; and be energised by this inspiring and groundbreaking conference.

Keynote speakers include: Professor Megan Davis (University of New South Wales, Australia), Chief Wilton Littlechild (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canada), Ms Gunn Heatta (Sami National Centre for Mental Health and Substance Use, Norway), Moana Jackson (Te Wananga o Raukawa, Aotearoa/New Zealand), Professor Karina Walters (University of Washington, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, United States of America).

A preliminary program and much more are available at the conference website:
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Remote pastoral management system using satellite data nears commercialisation

A remote cattle management system using satellite data is on the verge of being commercialised and available to cattle producers, after several years of trials.

The Precision Pastoral Management Tools (PPMT) system has been developed by the Remote Economic Participation Co-operative Research Centre, and is currently being trialled at five cattle stations across northern Australia.

The system tracks weight data from cattle as they walk over a weighing platform on their way to a watering point.

The ear tag of each beast is automatically scanned as they pass over the weighing platform, and the data is sent back to the pastoralist.

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The Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award

The Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award is an annual award of up to $20,000 per awardee to assist PhD students or early career researchers in their research. It provides funding support toward the costs of travel, courses or research, or to supplement PhD scholarships with necessary top-up funding.
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Fresh approach to biosecurity science must be a priority: AFI report

Australia needs to take a fresh approach to its plant biosecurity science system according to a report from the Australian Farm Institute - A sustainable and nationally coordinated plant biosecurity RD&E system for Australia.
With the Plant Biosecurity CRC winding up in 2018, the Report recommends the establishment of a stand-alone plant biosecurity corporation, as a joint venture between the Australian Government, state governments, and plant industries, be a priority.
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European Research Council  to invest record budget in 2017

The  European Research Council (ERC) announces its 2017 grant competitions with a total budget of around €1.8 billion, the highest ever since the ERC's inception in 2007. It is also the record ERC annual funding reserved for young researchers with two to seven years of post-PhD experience (Starting grants).
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What is the bushfire outlook?

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016 shows a mixed picture for fire potential, with the exceptionally warm and wet conditions experienced through winter likely to continue into spring. Every month of 2016 has seen Australia's national mean temperature above the long term average, although with the breakdown of El Niño, rainfall has been above average across most of the country - winter has seen the second wettest on record. 

The pattern of heavy rainfall following a strong El Niño is not uncommon and is tied to the warming of ocean waters around Australia. Spring is likely to see above average across most of the country, with the exception of parts of New South Wales and Queensland. There is a higher chance of above average rainfall across northern and eastern Australia. 

The Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for southern Australia is used by fire authorities to make strategic decisions on resource planning and prescribed fire management for the upcoming fire season. The outlook is developed at an annual workshop convened by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council. Download the outlook at

Global Change Award

Clothing made of citrus by-products, microbes that digest waste polyester, and an online marketplace for textile leftovers are some of the five disruptive ideas that shared the first €1 million Global Change Award grant in 2015. The challenge is designed to spur early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, with the aim of protecting the planet and our living conditions. On September 1st, the non-profit H&M Foundation opens the second Global Change Award.
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Knowledge translation for research impact workshop

With all the discussion around research impact and the impending move to increasing translation within research funding applications, this workshop could not come at a better time. Come and learn how translation is the pathway to research uptake, implementation and ultimate impact that creates benefits to society.
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CRCs in the news
Sep 05, 2016 08:00 pm

September 5, 2016 8:00pm premium_iconSubscriber only Melbourne medical research boosted by multi-million dollar funding Nine Melburnians tell us wha

Sep 01, 2016 04:38 pm

Ahead of Sustainable House Day, being held across the country on 11 September 2016, we’re taking a look at some of the best homes on display.

Aug 31, 2016 08:25 pm

The South Burnett could experience an active fire season this year, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (BNHCRC) has warned.

Aug 31, 2016 08:01 pm

DON’T be fooled into a false sense of security this winter, because the wet weather has only made the upcoming bushfire season even more precarious — and you could be in

News from the Minister
Sep 12, 2016 01:03 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science was interviewed by Janine Perrett on Sky News .

Sep 09, 2016 05:00 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy addressed the International Trade Remedies Forum Meeting in Sydney

Sep 09, 2016 05:00 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Anti-Dumping Commissioner’s detailed economic analysis of global steel and aluminium markets was released today.

Sep 08, 2016 04:03 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The first train carrying steel rail for a major upgrade to South Australia’s rail network departed Arrium’s steelworks in Whyalla this afternoon, starting a contract to supply tens of thousands of tonnes of rail over the next three years.

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