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Getting ready for Round 19

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos AO, recently announced more than $150 million in funding for four new CRCs. This comes on top of $34.5 million for 17 new CRC-Projects and finalisation of the Board for the CRC for Developing Northern Australia. And don’t forget the 3 DCRCs announced by the Department of Defence.

Round 3 of CRC-Project funding closed recently and the 19th round for CRCs will be open very soon. It’s timely to think about more common issues that bidders need to be on top of well ahead of lodging their bid.
  1. Bidding for a CRC is serious business. Most are $4-5 million from the government per year for up to a decade, which is about a quarter of their resources. So, you are talking around $200 million, a very serious investment that must make a return.
  2. Spend most of your effort on relationships. It will cost time and money to bid for a CRC. Years of observing that process tells us to invest more time early on in relationships and asking the key questions. You cannot rush a CRC application in the last weeks, because organisation will need time to decide if the proposed collaboration is right for them.
  3. Don’t reinvent the wheel. The legal structure, IP arrangements, project agreements, banking, travel arrangements, and early career development programs have been developed over 25 years and should not cause angst. Many of the suppliers the CRC Association has confidence in will be workshopping at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017.
  4. What will you actually do? Don’t let the bidding process become a “fog of CRC” where you lose the big picture. You will be aiming to move a whole industry to a different level – keep focused on the key factors that will enable the change. Make sure you can explain them to a stranger in 30 seconds.
It’s an exciting time for innovation in Australia and Round 19 of the CRC Programme will likely be a further injection of $100-200 million of federal support.

 Who can help you?
  • Travel – Campus Travel is the CRC Association's preferred full service travel provider. Last year Campus Travel saved CRC Association members upwards of $200,000.
  • – Westpac have worked with the CRC Association to understand the banking needs of CRCs.
  • Early Career Researchers – The CRC Association can provide access to Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework. Mentoring? Try Mentorloop or coaching to ensure fast finishing. PhDs? – Richard Huysmans from Raven Consulting can help.  Internships? AMSI Intern has it worked out.
  • Legal Services – the CRC Association can put you in contact with Lawyers experienced in CRC structures, like FAL Lawyers.
  • Learning how to collaborate – Collabforge and the CRC Association are teaming up to offer collaboration and bid support training through the CRC Collaboration Accelerator. See the article below for more information.
The CRCs we know who are looking to bid:
  • CRC for Advanced Medical Biotechnology (AMB)
  • CRC for Critical Chronic Conditions
  • Farming Smarter CRC
  • Food Waste & Fraud Prevention CRC
  • MinEx CRC
  • SubSea CRC
  • Resource Data Science CRC
  • Digital Health CRC
  • Future Energy CRC (building on the Energy Pipelines CRC)
  • CRC for Traumatic Brain Injury
The CRC Association is aware of several other bids that do not yet want publicity. We are pleased to put interested readers in touch with appropriate bidders. Contact

Register now to secure your place and accommodation. Early bird price available for CRCA Members, don't leave it too late.

Speaker Highlight

Ms Jenni Lightowlers -Founding Partner, FAL Lawyers
CRC in a box - CRC in a box is your opportunity to learn from the decades of experience that exists within the CRC Community.

Ms Heather Catchpole -Co-founder and Head of Content, Refraction Media 
Mastering collaboration techniques - In this interactive workshop, develop your key message and learn effective collaboration tools in working effectively with industry stakeholders.

Dr Mark Glazebrook -  Director The Lowitja Institute
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – research principles and practice.

Professor Valerie Linton -Former CEO, Energy Pipelines CRC
Creating a legacy - In this workshop, the key issues for a successful legacy of a CRC will be identified and discussed.  
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Announcing the CRC Collaboration Accelerator!

A key factor in the success of bid proposals is how well the applicants have managed their collaboration.  To help give everyone the best chance to succeed, we are partnering with Collabforge to offer a collaboration and bid support training and acceleration program, CRC Collaboration Accelerator. Collabforge are experts in all things collaboration, who have delivered an impressive range of collaboration and innovation projects over the last decade, largely with the public sector.
The CRC Collaboration Accelerator is a six-month training and support program, where you will get a blend of facilitated face-to-face and video conference workshops to learn about and improve both your collaboration skills, and, your CRC bid. You will also get regular collaboration progress reminders as well as prompts to keep you aligned with key CRC dates and milestones. Finally, in addition to having Collabforge's expert support and insight on your group's efforts, you will also be able to draw on key CRCA and bid subject matter insights, with experts who will join key workshops.
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Wound Innovations Officially Launched 

The Wound CRC are delighted to announce the official opening of Wound Innovations, the CRC's breakthrough service to combat chronic wounds on a national level.

Chronic wounds cost the Australian health system over $3 billion a year. Combined with an ageing population, patients are suffering in silence for years, even decades, with this costly chronic health problem leading to many avoidable amputations.
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New Australian guidance for dealing with sites contaminated with firefighting foam chemicals

New national guidance – published this week and made freely available to all by Australia’s leading science-based partnership in the prevention, assessment and remediation of environmental contamination – offers the most up-to-date, evidence-based advice for assessing, managing and remediating the emerging contaminants PFOS and PFOA.

As a result of firefighting foam use, perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been detected at firefighter-training locations, including airports and other aviation facilities, not only across Australia, but also worldwide.

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First Strike: How the RHD-K5 virus is tracking one month on from release

On Sunday, a feature segment aired on ABC Landline showcasing the Invasive Animals CRC rabbit biocontrol program. ABC Rural Reporter, Prue Adams, did an excellent job tying the whole rabbit control story together and showcasing the collaboration of all involved. The segment also showcases what the CRC programme is all about, bringing together the various agencies, stakeholders and communities to manage a significant national problem – the European rabbit.
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How the Entrepreneurs’ Programme is supporting Supercool

With Innovation Connections support, Queensland’s SuperCool Asia Pacific company is collaborating with Griffith University researchers to develop new technology to reduce food spoilage and wastage, particularly in the refrigerated food transport and storage industry. SuperCool is an industry leader in refrigeration and air conditioning and has been working with Griffith University to develop and commercialise a thermal response sensor. The device eliminates the need to manually probe food products to check the temperatures of food in the refrigeration transport industry. Innovation Connections is one of the four elements offered under the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme.
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Autism CRC celebrates diversity during Autism Month

To celebrate International Autism Month in April, Autism CRC held an Art Exhibition on Monday 3 April officiated by The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services. These artworks were submitted along with many others to Autism CRC’s Art Prize in 2016 under the theme of Autistic Strengths.

Through the CRC Research Program across the lifespan, and initiatives such as the Art Prize, Autism CRC aims to build opportunities and capacity for autistic individuals, organisations and communities, to ensure the strengths of those on the autism spectrum are recognised, valued, developed and engaged.
Andrew Davis, Autism CRC CEO; Carole Green, Autism CRC Board; Prue Stevenson, Autistic Artist; The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services; Paul Vincent, Autism CRC Board

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Applications for the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science close on 12 April 2017.

They are looking for:

  • heroes of Australian science who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge through science—people like Rick Shine, Graham Farquhar and Ingrid Scheffer
  • exceptional innovators from both industry and research who have translated scientific knowledge into substantial commercial impact—like Michael Aitken, Colin Hall, Graeme Jameson, John O’Sullivan and Ian Frazer
  • early to mid-career scientists whose research is already making, and will continue to have, an impact on our lives—like Kerrie Wilson, Jane Elith, Ryan Lister, Andrea Morello, Angela Moles, Matthew Hill and Tanya Monro
  • science teachers—primary and secondary—like Suzy Urbaniak, Ken Silburn, Richard Johnson and Rebecca Johnson, who are inspiring the next generation with a love of science and exploration.

The prize recipients will receive national recognition and meet leaders in science, industry, education and government at the prize dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

Nominate now

African network has a strong future

The fourth and final Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership (AAPBP) Network workshop, held in Lusaka, Zambia from 27 February to 3 March, has concluded with firm commitments from members, partners and regional agencies to ensure the Network’s enduring future.

With key funding from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and led by the Plant Biosecurity CRC, over the past two years the program has brought Australian plant biosecurity institutions and experts together with African plant biosecurity managers and the private sector from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes | Entries now open

Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. Entries close Friday 5 May.
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Water Abundance Xprize

The Water Abundance XPRIZE challenges teams from around the world to revolutionize access to fresh water by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100% renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter. The Water Abundance XPRIZE will create decentralized access to water, giving people the power to access fresh water, whenever and wherever they need it.

The Xprize is sponsored  by the innovationXchange (iXc) at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Registrations close April 28th 2017.
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Connect through the Business-Research Match-Up

Companies and universities are reaching out to each other more often, but they don't always connect. Many companies tell us that universities are like a "black box" to them. They don't know where to start. University academics aren't always trained or equipped to seek out opportunities with business.

The Business-Research Match-Up at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 is designed to chip away at some of those barriers. Australia has great research strengths and these will be available for businesses to meet and see if opportunities exist to turn that research into new products and services. Businesses with specific needs can flag them so that institutions with something to offer can pitch their solution in the structured 20-minute meetings.

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Are you bidding ?

Are you currently preparing, or thinking about preparing, a CRC or a CRC-P bid in the current or a future round?  Are you also looking for partners? Then the CRC Association wants to know.

By letting us know about your CRC bid we can help you make the connections and introduce you to the people you should be talking to. The bids will be advertised on the CRC Association website and in the fortnightly newsletter.
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and evolving vehicle technologies to help improve traffic flow, named the iMove Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). As part of a $151.5

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3m over three years under the Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) scheme managed by the Australian Department of Industry Innovation

Feb 26, 2017 09:00 am

A NEW viral weapon is being released in a bid to stop Australia’s worst ag and environmental pest spreading like, well, rabbits. Federal,...

.” National release of RHDV1 K5 has been delivered through the Invasive Animals CRC, with major financial and in kind resources provided by

Feb 20, 2017 01:00 am

MILLIONS of dollars in federal funding is now ready to made available, with the Turnbull Government today...

a wide range of talent including Townsville’s own John Bearne. “The CRC for Developing Northern Australia will focus on the issues that

News from the Minister
Mar 31, 2017 04:00 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Three new expert members have been appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).

Mar 31, 2017 02:31 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, unveiled the newest research tool that Australian scientists and researchers have in the fight against cancer at the Australian Synchrotron.

Mar 31, 2017 01:30 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Federal Government is investing in a strong future for the Northern Territory, with a commitment that projects funded under the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) will not affect the Territory’s GST proportion.

Mar 30, 2017 04:56 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator the Hon Matt Canavan spoke with Adam Steer on ABC Darwin.

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