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Have your say on priority areas for future CRCs

Media release from The Hon Greg Hunt
21 December

The Turnbull Government is seeking input from the industry, science and research communities on priority research themes for upcoming selection rounds of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.

Public consultation opening today will identify possible themes and priorities for CRC and CRC‑Project selection rounds over the next two years.

The CRC Programme has played an important role in improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

The Australian Government has invested more than $4 billion since 1990 to fund 211 CRCs and 11 CRC‑Projects. This investment in research, innovation and science has had a strong role in supporting Australia’s prosperity, and benefiting society.

Future CRCs need to continue to match the needs and priorities of the Australian community.

Organisations and individuals submitting responses on future needs may be guided by the existing priorities and themes identified under the Industry Growth Centres Initiative, the National Science and Research Priorities or other government priorities.

Alternatively, respondents may wish to highlight gaps in existing research or emerging research challenges that would benefit from better collaboration.

Respondents will also be asked to rank possible priority themes including clinical health care, including remote and indigenous health; mental health; disaster response and preparedness; climate research; cybersecurity; and transport.

Going forward, the programme will remain open to all industry, research and community sectors but in addition, applications in identified national interest priority themes may be called for and/or prioritised for funding.

Applications addressing national interest priority themes will be assessed on merit through the standard competitive funding rounds for CRCs and CRC-Projects.

Further information on the CRC Programme can be found at

Submissions on possible priority research themes can be provided here.

Submissions close on Friday 15 February 2017.

Commentary from CRC Association CEO Tony Peacock

Minister Greg Hunt has signalled a potentially very important change to the Cooperative Research Centres Programme. He wants to have the ability to call for, or prioritise, national interest themes in future funding rounds for both Cooperative Research Centres and CRC-Projects. The CRC Association fully supports the Minister's move.

Priorities for CRC funding rounds are not new. A number of existing CRCs were established as a result of the "priority public good" stream under the previous Labor Government. Ministers have often signalled several priority areas at the commencement of the funding round. However, sometimes the priorities given were simply too vague to garner a meaningful response - I well remember debates about what "social innovation" meant when it was given as a priority. Calls for CRCs out of sync with the normal competitive funding round have also occasionally caused some confusion.
Through his Media Release today, Minister Hunt is doing things a bit differently. Firstly, he is seeking the views of the community on what issues should be prioritised. Secondly, he is clear that any prioritised areas will need to be competitive and assessed on their merits in line with the normal processes. Thirdly, and very importantly, he has said that the CRC programme is open to all sectors and any prioritised areas will be in the national interest. He has even gone further and named some example areas that many people would perceive as excluded by the current guidelines. 
The fast turnaround for consultation will allow for the coming Round 19 of the programme to be impacted by the change.

2017 Early Career Researcher Showcase

Applications are now open for the 2017 Early Career Researcher Showcase, proudly sponsored by CSIRO. If you are an ECR (2 years before submitting a PhD and 5 years after) that would like to tell the world about your research and potentially win $6,000, then you should enter this competition.

Entry is via 30-second video.

Five short-listed candidates will win a trip to Canberra and give a five-minute presentation on the first day of the conference, 23 May at QT Canberra. If they are from Canberra, we'll give them a $500 travel voucher.

All five finalists win $1,000 each. The winner, voted by the audience, will win an additional $5,000. We hope the Prime Minister will hand out the awards.   

Applications are only open to CRC Association members are and limited to ten per member organisation. The videos from previous applicants can be found on our website here.

Applications close Thursday 23 February 2017.

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Collaborate | Innovate | 2017

The CRC Association is holding our next annual conference, Collaborate | Innovate | 2017, in Canberra next year from 23 to 25 May at QT Canberra.The Excellence in Innovation Awards gala dinner and a showcase of CRC outcomes will be held on the evening of 24 May in the Great Hall at Australian Parliament House.

Collaborate | Innovate is to become our theme for all future CRC Association conferences, highlighting its role as the leading conference on business-research collaboration and engagement.  The conference will explore the importance of business and industry working with researchers to create innovation, and how to foster these relationships.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Sponsorship provides a host of benefits and exposure among a diverse range of attendees: politicians, industry leaders and the Cooperative Research Centres community. You won’t find a similar opportunity next year.

The CRC Association would like to thank our sponsors:  Supporting Sponsors
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Awards for Excellence in Innovation are now open

The 2017 Awards for Excellence in Innovation are now open. The awards were initiated in 1999 to recognise outstanding examples of the transfer of CRC research results, knowledge and technologies that have been developed for a wide range of users.

Last year, four winners were named in the fields of sheep genetics, health fraud, energy pipelines, and degradable film technologies for crop propagation. The award winners' videos can be found here.

Applications are open to all CRC Association members.

The awards will be presented at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 on 24 May at Australian Parliament House.
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CMCRC Health R&D Program Wins Inaugural Innovation Award

The CMCRC's Health Market Quality R&D team has been awarded the Research Australia's Award for Data Innovation in Health & Medical Research

CMCRC's Head of the Health R&D Program, David Jonas, thanked Research Australia, CMCRC CEO Professor Michael Aitken AM and the Board, industry and research partners and acknowledged that "...far too much (data) is locked up in labyrinthine silos of our own making. Tonight I want to make a plea to the Ministers, Senior Government Officials and Health Industry leaders to work with us to, for once and for all, sort out this seemingly intractable challenge. Success in this will enable personalised precision healthcare, vastly improved health system planning & management and turbo-charged research."

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FeralScan wins top national environmental award

The FeralScan community pest animal monitoring and mapping program has been recognised with one of Australia’s top environmental honours, receiving the Minister’s award for a cleaner environment in the field of research and science excellence.
The award, sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, was announced during the 2016 Banksia Foundation Awards ceremony in Sydney.
Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) CEO Andreas Glanznig said that FeralScan, a digital platform technology through purpose-built web- and SmartPhone Apps, is an integral part of our PestSmart best practice management system and toolkit.
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Voyage to study ocean’s role in Antarctic glacial melting

Australian scientists are stepping up efforts to understand how the Southern Ocean is changing and how these changes are likely to affect the East Antarctic ice sheet.

A team of around 30 scientists, technicians and PhD students from CSIRO, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC (ACE CRC), the University of Tasmania, and the Australian Antarctic Division will leave from Hobart on Australia’s icebreaker Aurora Australis this morning.

Chief Investigator and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere scientist, Dr Steve Rintoul, said the team hopes to reach areas surrounding the Totten Glacier that were inaccessible on a previous voyage in 2014-15 due to sea ice.
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New partnership between the Alertness CRC and NTC designed to examine heavy vehicle driver fatigue

In a first for the Australian heavy vehicle industry, a new partnership between the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) and the National Transport Commission (NTC), will, through a combination of rigorous field and laboratory-based research, evaluate the impacts of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on heavy vehicle driver fatigue.

Currently, there is limited evidence on the impact of work scheduling practices on heavy vehicle driver fatigue, and very few studies that have measured driver alertness and fatigue using objective measurement and prediction technologies. There is also little information about the quality and quantity of drivers’ sleep during minimum rest periods. Therefore our ability to examine the impact of current laws on heavy vehicle driver fatigue has been challenged.
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ATSE's STELR Program wins $250,000 Grant

The ground-breaking STELR program, driven by the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Federal Government to encourage girls into STEM subjects.

STELR will use the grant to produce a series of up to 20 video profiles using female role models in STEM industries to encourage girls to engage in STEM fields.

The grant was one of 24 made to a variety of Australian organisations, totalling $3.9 million, under Round 1 funding from the $8 million Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant program under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The program aims to encourage girls and women to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The STELR videos will be integrated into its national school education program, cover a range of STEM fields and involve all states and territories.

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Business-Research Match-up expression of interest

Are you a business looking to collaborate? Do you want to connect with researchers, other businesses, and leaders in their field? Then express your interest and attend the Business-Research Match-up, the premier event connecting business and researchers together.

The CRC Association is inviting businesses to apply for the special opportunity to attend the Match-up free of charge, a usual cost of $650.

The Match-up will be held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at QT Canberra as part of the CRC Association annual conference, Collaborate | Innovate | 2017.
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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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The Turnbull Government is seeking input from the industry, science and research communities on priority research themes for upcoming selection rounds of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.

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