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CRC future rounds announced

The government has made clear the future timing for the next funding round for Cooperative Research Centres and the next three rounds of CRC-Project funding. Round 19 of the CRC Programme will be opened in May 2017 for funding from July 2018. The next round of CRC-Ps will be opened in August this year, close in September and funding should be available in January 2017.
"Business and academic participants in the CRC Programme can now plan their bids with confidence," said Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association. "It is fundamental to allowing industry to take the lead, to make sure everyone knows the timing of future rounds so they can plan appropriately".
The list of compliant applications in Round 18 of the CRC Programme was also announced. Further details on the round are not expected before the Election. 
Dr Peacock said that he did expect the results of the first round of CRC-Ps to be announced prior to the Election. "The new CRC-Ps are extremely exciting. Obviously they suit industry really well given the 91 applications in the first round. The speed of the turnaround in a decision and the time frame and scale of the CRC-Ps is in line with modern innovation. There are brilliant opportunities to support the Start-Ups sector, the innovation needed to support new areas of trade and building Australia's defence capability industries, for example. The possibilities are huge".

Opportunities abound in Vietnam

The CRC Association recently took part in an Agricultural Innovation Showcase in Hanoi, Vietnam, organised by Austrade and featuring nearly a dozen Australian universities as well as CSIRO and the CRCs. Vietnamese companies and research organisations also took part and told the audience about their technical needs and upcoming opportunities. The Vietnam market is rapidly expanding for Australian businesses; the country is the third largest market for International education from Australia and Vietnam is an active member of a number of important trade deals for Australia, including the TPP.  In fact, Vietnam was Australia's fastest growing export market in ASEAN during the 10-year period 2003-2013 with an average annual growth of 16.3% and the trend continues.
Only a few years ago, Australia sold no live cattle to Vietnam. Now, some 200,000 cattle a year are exported, most going directly for consumption but some going to feedlots in Vietnam for finishing. Meat and Livestock Australia has a staff member, Dr Michael Patching, in the market to assure welfare standards are maintained and assure supply chain integrity. Trade growth at such a rapid rate presents lots of opportunities beyond the cattle themselves - feed, nutrition and management services will all continue to grow. Vietnamese consume less than one tenth of the beef of Australians, likely meaning that cold chain logistics and the whole supply chain associated with beef will continue to grow and present opportunities for Australians for years to come. The National Institute of Animal Science, just out of Hanoi, was visited by one group of attendees who observed a highly professional artificial insemination operation supplying over 1,000,000 straws annually to local cattle breeders. All but one bull was Australian, with Brahman, Droughtmaster and Red Angus breeds all in in use - Australian herd recording and genetic selection could certainly help determine the best genetics for the local market.
Australia dairy cattle are also the foundation for a growing local market for milk and milk products. Dairy consumption is growing rapidly, with local production accounting for only 20%. The French influence on Vietnamese cuisine and diets provides a strong basis for growth. Dr. David McNeill of the University of Queensland's School of Veterinary Science gave a comprehensive presentation on the challenges facing the growth of the Vietnamese dairy industry. A skills deficient exists in managing cattle in the harsh environment and services to the industry are limited. Again, industry services around the supply chain present an excellent opportunity for Australians to work with local businesses.
Vietnam's agricultural trade to Australia is also increasing. Last year, Vietnamese lychees entered the Australian market and this year mangoes will make their first appearance. Restrictions on Australian horticulture into the Vietnamese market need to be worked on. Through the Agricultural White Paper implementation, Australia has a new Agricultural Counselor, Amy Guihot, on the ground in Hanoi to help sort through market access issues.
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has a long and successful history in Vietnam with 15 current projects. Over time, ACIAR will reduce the development component of its work as Vietnam moves to being a middle income nation. However, this doesn't mean that the need for agricultural innovation will cease - it will move to a different, trade-based, footing. Agricultural trade between Australia and Vietnam is set to continue to grow at a rapid rate. Innovators could assist in building the value of that trade and developing service industries around commodities. Vocational skills around husbandry, farming and logistics offer great potential beyond Australia's current strong tertiary market from Vietnam. 
The CRC Association has facilitated an in-principle agreement between the Australasian Research Management Society and the VNU-University of Social Sciences and Humanities to trial delivery of ARMS Foundation level professional development modules in Vietnam in the next 6-12 months. With New Zealand, Australia and Singapore all employing the common training modules, it seems a logical step to extend the involvement to Vietnam and help develop a common understanding for managing research projects in the future. The opportunities for Australian businesses and innovators to engage in Vietnam through the Global Connections Fund, CRC-Ps and other means of assistance is vast.
Suicide Prevention - A Call to Action

In Canberra today leaders in suicide and mental health, led by consultancy ConNetica and the Brain and Mind Centre University of Sydney, released details on suicide across 28 Federal electorates. Supporting the release were four parents with lived experience of suicide and the National Congress for Australia’s First People.

The information has been released with a call for all major parties and candidates in the 2 July election to spell out what they will do in the next Parliament to address the rising toll of suicide and self-harm across Australia.

Speaking at the launch, Adj Professor and ConNetica Director, John Mendoza said, “What we see in electorates like Canning, Capricornia, Corangamite and Cunningham, is the impact of economic change. Issues like the loss of manufacturing, the downturn in the manufacturing, resources and construction, housing affordability and the high cost of education and retraining is hitting hard.

“Suicide and self-harm are now major public health problems in Australia that require a public health response.

Professor Jane Burns, CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre said “Suicide is complex. It affects people in all walks of life, and has a large ripple effect. We need to look at integrated, innovative solutions that plug in the technology, are co-created with local communities and available 24/7. It’s only by grassroots services working together with people with lived experience that we can co-create solutions that are right for a specific region”.
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Professor Jane Burns, CEO of the Young and Well CRC; Adj Professor John Mendoza, ConNetica Director. 
Innovate Queensland Giving Research & Ideas Direction

Undertaking research can be a costly, risky and daunting exercise for SMEs and large companies. Participating in a Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) vastly reduces the barriers to entry for companies to undertake research. Participating has become even more accessible with the recent introduction of CRC-Ps, a new initiative to support short term, industry-led research.

In this Innovate Queensland GRID webinar, Dr Tony Peacock, Chief Executive the Cooperative Research Centres Association, will explain how your organisation can benefit from participating in a CRC program.
IQ GRID webinar 17 May CRCs and How Can My Business Benefit
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Call for Applications  - 2016 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation

he Victoria Prize celebrates leadership, determination and creativity. It also highlights the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria.

The Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation is worth $50,000 per prize and will be awarded to outstanding science leaders.

These prestigious prizes are for a scientific discovery or technological innovation, or a series of such achievements that significantly advances knowledge.  The clear potential to produce a commercial outcome or other substantial benefit to the community will be highly regarded. 

The closing dates for applications is Thursday 23 June 2016.

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2014-2015 CRC Benchmarking Study Released

The CRC Benchmarking Study, commissioned by the CRC Association every two years and in its fourth iteration, benchmarks CRC operational data such as salaries, collaboration, and end-user engagement and impact. This provides CRC Association members with objective and robust data and analysis overtime to make more informed decisions.

Each benchmarking study, the CRC Association chooses an area of interest to investigate in greater depth.  In the 2013-2014 benchmarking study, we further investigated CRC impacts and outputs. For this study, we looked at collaboration. An open conversation workshop was held at the CRC Association conference in Brisbane, to investigate and discuss collaboration with industry. Out of this workshop came a “Golden Rules” of collaboration document provided as part of the study.

The benchmarking report is available to all CRC Association members. It an invaluable tool when setting up or bidding for a CRC and is one of the many benefits of membership with the Association. For membership information contact Jordan Gardner at
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News from the Minister
Dec 14, 2018 03:29 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Joint media release with the Minister for Education More than 60 school girls will be supported in their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as part of the Curious Minds program beginning this week.

Dec 14, 2018 02:01 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

A business incubator helping start-ups fast track new products to the global market and another that works in the clean energy sector are the latest to receive funding from the Liberal National Government’s Incubator Support initiative.

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Joint media release with the Prime Minister The Liberal National Government is supporting jobs in the Queensland bait prawn industry as it works to recover from an outbreak of white spot syndrome virus.

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The Liberal National Government welcomes the selection of Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, to provide maintenance and operational support for the deep space tracking station at New Norcia in Western Australia.

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