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CRC-Projects a massive hit

Ninety-one CRC-Projects (CRC-Ps) were received by the closing date for the first round on March 17. AusIndustry is currently compliance checking the applications, with the first expected to be funded for a 1 July start, if all goes to plan. Details of the applications are not public as yet, but it is understood that AusIndustry will release details on the average funding request and length of application. There was no minimum application amount set for the round, and a maximum of $3 million over 3 years. Applicants must at least match their request from government.
 
"The response shows that there are lots of businesses out there wanting to do more collaborative work," said Dr. Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association. It is a really outstanding response - especially when you think that businesses only had six weeks to prepare for this first funding round. There is certainly no shortage of ideas to fuel the Ideas Boom".
 
CRC-Ps were developed by the government in response to the Miles Review handed down last year. David Miles recommended that three rounds be held every year.
 
Dr Peacock added that much of industry still didn't know about the opportunity to bid for a CRC-P.

"I think most of the the Start-Up community doesn't really know about CRC-Ps yet. When you consider many of them are research intensive companies needing to collaborate, a CRC-P might be an ideal opportunity to get to the next level of development before having to dilute too much equity. Those that I've talked to are really interested, but probably not in a position to participate in this first round. I suspect the 91 applications doesn't represent a pent-up demand - I think demand is likely to grow as awareness of CRC-Ps grows".

Northern Development CRC gearing up

Over 600 people registered their interest in getting involved with the Northern Development CRC during a recent series of consultation meetings. John Wharton AM was appointed as Interim Chair by Industry, Innovation and Science Minister, Christopher Pyne, in late 2015 and is developing a proposal for consideration by government. The government has committed $75 million over 10 years for the CRC.
 
Last week, Mr Wharton visited the CRC Association in Canberra to talk through some of the nuts and bolts of setting up a CRC.
 
"I always say that the three big things CRCs have going for them are: the time frame that lets people get on with things; the flexibility to pursue promising work and shutdown dead-ends; and the governance framework that puts industry in the driving seat, navigated by new knowledge from the research community," said Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association.
 
"The Northern Development CRC has an enormous range of stakeholders and the expectations of it are incredible, so the Chairman has a really important task in getting those initial settings right. CRCs have great potential for assisting governments to deliver on long-term goals," said Dr. Peacock.
 
John Wharton says he is enjoying the challenge. "Research and development is vital for Northern Australia reaching its full potential. We need R&D that is relevant for investment decisions and the CRC is an exciting opportunity for the various stakeholders to build the future".
 
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is assisting in the development of the proposal.
 
For information on the northern CRC contact:  NorthernAustraliaCRC@industry.gov.au
 
Mr John Warton AM, Interim Chair; Dr Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association.

CRC Team Members Join Young Leadership Dialogue‏

Last week, two members of the CRC Community: Dr Caroline Le, a researcher from the Cancer Therapeutics CRC and winner of the 2013 ECR Competition; and Justin Coombs, General Manager of the CRC for Cell Manufacturing Therapy, were selected from over 40 applications to be among the 15 Australian delegates to the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue for 2016-2017.
 
The Australian American Leadership Dialogue is a leading private diplomatic initiative established for the purpose of enhancing relations between Australia and the United States. Since its inception in 1992, the Leadership Dialogue has been a forum for the exchange of ideas between leaders in both countries drawn from politics, business, academia and the public sector. In 2007, the Young Leadership Dialogue (YLD) was formed with the objective of exposing future leaders (aged 27 to 40) to a broad range of issues of common interest to Australia and the United States.
 
Caroline and Justin will join the likes of Dr Michelle Blanchard, Head of Projects and Partnerships at the Young and Well CRC, who was selected from the 2014 delegates to the role of Program Manager for 2015 and 2016. Caroline, Justin and Michelle were all nominated by FAL Lawyers.
 
Their involvement in the YLD will be invaluable for their own personal growth and development and result in benefits for Australia’s science and research community. 
 

Conference photos and presentations

The photos from the Business of Innovation 2016 have now all been uploaded and you can download them here. Presentations from the conference can be found here.
Dr Tony Peacock; Prof. Jurg Keller; Dr Alan Finkel; Dr Laurie Hammond, Prof Ian Frazer

Petronas, CRS-ACS and ACS Australia sign an agreement for a composite repair system

Petronas Technology Ventures Sdn Bhd has recently signed a licensing agreement with the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) and Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd (ACS Australia), for the commercialisation of Petronas’ proprietary composite technology repair system known as ProAssure Clamp (formerly PipeAssure).

Under the arrangement, Petronas’ ProAssure Clamp will be manufactured and marketed worldwide by ACS Australia, the spin-out company of CRC-ACS.

The agreement was formalised at a signing ceremony at the Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2016 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

CRC-ACS’s Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Murray Scott, said, “I am delighted to announce that these clamps will be engineered to meet specialised customer requirements by CRC-ACS spin-out company, ACS Australia. It is our intention for ACS Australia to work with Petronas and other Malaysian companies to make the ProAssure Clamps available to the industry”.

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Partnership brings new levels of innovation to Australian Defence industry

QUT, Siemens, and Defence Science and Technology Group have entered into an Australian-first research agreement, which will conduct research into high temperature superconducting (HTS) technologies and explore its applications to Australia’s maritime defence and industrial power requirements.

HTS technologies under development today in superconducting motors, generators and magnets can carry high-density currents with virtually no loss and have the potential to reduce the size and weight of conventional motors by more than 30 per cent.

QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Commercialisation, Professor Arun Sharma said the partnership with Siemens puts QUT at the international forefront of superconducting motor research.

“This is an area of research that has the potential to radically transform many industries including maritime propulsion and transport drive systems,” Professor Sharma said.

“We are uniquely equipped to undertake this research and development because of our expertise and facilities, including the Banyo Pilot Plant Precinct, a leading specialist research centre for structural, mechanical and electrical engineering.

"QUT's purpose-built facility has specialist capabilities for large-scale engineering research, testing and validation."

A significant early step in the project was the recent delivery, via a RAAF C-17 Globemaster (pictured), of a 2,200-kilogram HTS demonstrator machine from Siemens in Germany to QUT’s Banyo Pilot Plant.

FAL Partner wins ILO Health & Life Sciences Client Choice Award for the second year running

Jenni Lightowlers, founding partner at FAL Lawyers, has been recognised for Excellence in Client Service in the Health and Life Sciences at the 2016 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards. This is the second year running Jenni has won the award.

The Lexology Client Choice Awards recognise those partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market.

Nominated by clients, Jenni is considered a leading legal advisor to health-based Cooperative Research Centres.

Jenni recently acted for Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx), a collaborative partnership of leading Research Institutes, universities and biotechnology companies that translates Australia’s innovative research discoveries into new cancer drugs for clinical development. Jenni worked with the CTx team to successfully negotiate the licence of CTx developed technology into Merck along with a research agreement for ongoing work in Australia, leveraging cutting edge Australian research developed by Australian scientists.
Jenni being presented with her award by Edward Costelloe, Managing Director, ILO. 

Applications are now open for the first Falling Walls Lab in Australia

The Falling Walls Labs ask scientists, entrepeneurs and innovators to showcase research relevant to real-world problems in under three minutes. These presentations are then judged by an expert panel and the winner selected for the Lab Finale in Berlin as one of only 100 participants from around the world.

Inspired by the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the Falling Walls Foundation aims to gather thinkers, researchers and scientists to ask which are "the next walls to fall" in science and society.   

Candidates from any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine, as well as social sciences and the humanities, are invited to apply and must hold a degree or be currently enrolled in university.

The Falling Walls Lab Australia will take place on 24 August this year at the Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome in Canberra. 
The deadline for applications is 23 May 2016

More information about how to apply
 

2016 Eureka Prizes

Applications are now open for the 2016 Eureka Prizes.  Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science communication and school science.

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