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The Pipeline – who’s bidding for a CRC?

Many syndicates are scoping bids for the 19th CRC Selection Round. The Government has published the timetable for the Round, which will open in May 2017 with selection processes running through 2017 and funding to commence 1 July 2018. Some people might think that it is a little early to be starting but the reality is that quality collaborations take time to develop. A Cooperative Research Centre will very often amount to a $200 million plus enterprise over its lifetime, so there is probably no such thing as starting too early. Participants have to commit serious investment into a CRC, and approval will generally come from a high level.
Leading up to submissions in mid-2017, CRCA News will publish a series of articles to highlight developing and potential bids and potential participants. Some bidders like to remain silent prior to lodging their bid. That’s fine, it is an intensively competitive process and bidders should play it as best suits them. Others like to let everyone know about their interest in bidding so they can maximise the level of interest and attract additional collaborators. If that’s you, feel free to let the CRC Association know about your bid (email to include material in future editions of CRCA News). You don’t have to be leading a bid to let us know of your interests – if you are an industry group with a research need, a company wanting to get involved or a research group with particular capability – let us know. CRCA News goes to over 10,000 people every fortnight, many of whom are the best networked in their sector.
Where do we look for potential CRC bids?
There are some obvious sources:
  • The Sector Competitiveness Plans of the Industry Growth Centres
    Each of the six Industry Growth Centres have published (or are close to publishing) a 10-year strategy to improve the competitiveness of their particular sector. That’s a massive head-start when identifying how to have the biggest impact through research.
  • Existing CRCs and unsuccessful Round 17 and Round 18 bids
    Although existing CRCs are not eligible to bid for additional terms for their CRC, a subset of their participants will often identify new important areas to research or follow up. Given these participants have jointly invested in a CRC in the past, they may well form the core of a new bid. Bids that were unsuccessful in Round 18 may try again.  It has often been the case that CRC bids are successful on their second or even third attempt. Indeed, at the recent close of the Dairy Futures CRC, the Chairman Dr Mike Ginnivan, described the initial rejection of their bid as a valuable “gift” from Government, as it made the industry look to more transformational work at their second attempt (Dr Ginnivan acknowledged that it didn’t feel like a gift at the time).
  • Priorities from Government.
    In discussing CRCs with the CRC Association Board, Minister Greg Hunt has indicated that he is keen to see some CRCs developed from Government priorities. The Government is in a good position to identify gaps or opportunities in the Australian Innovation system that could potentially be addressed via a CRC. These might be identified at the level of the Commonwealth Science Council or Innovation and Science Australia Board, or Government itself. The Association’s Board pointed out to the Minister that early notification and full involvement of the CRC Advisory Committee are the best ways to get the best response to Government priorities.
In future editions of CRCA News, we will provide more detail and links to potential bids. For now, the CRC Association is aware of discussions on bids in a number of areas including:
  • Chronic Disease;
  • an Under Sea CRC;
  • Food Wastage;
  • Advanced Medical Biotechnology; and
  • Several proposals heavy in data analytics for various sectors.
We won’t try and track CRC-P proposals in CRCA News, as these will be in the hundreds. Nevertheless, you are welcome to let us know about your bidding intentions and we will help with our networking connections if possible.

2nd CRC Projects (CRC-P) selection round information session

Business owners can attend this webinar about 2nd CRC Projects (CRC-P) selection round.

  • Supported by: AusIndustry
  • Sessions: 5 October 2016
  • Event type: Information Session, Webinar
  • Fee: Free

At this webinar you will find out about:

  • the application process
  • what applicants need to consider when completing the application form.

The webinar information session is web based and pre-registration is not required.

Learn more about the CRC Projects(CRC-P) selection round.

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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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Japan-Australia Innovation Opportunities

Presenters from NEC Corporation, Kuraray Ltd, a plastics company, and the Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine (FIRM) spoke on their successful innovation collaborations in Australia on an international web forum earlier today.  Juliet Bell from CSIRO and Tony Peacock on behalf of the CRCs presented opportunities for further collaboration.

Late last year, Prime Ministers Turnbull and Abe agreed to further foster joint innovation between Australia and Japan. In 2015, Japan surpassed the U.K. as the second highest investor in Australia.

Kuraray Ltd acquired Plantic, an Australian manufacturer of biodegradable plastics last year (and a spinout company of the Food Packaging CRC in the early 2000s). Kuraray, with US $5 billion in sales, saw Plantic as a unique entry to more environmentally friendly products and will look to build in that area in the future.

NEC Corporation has invested more than $200 million in R&D in Australia since 2004. Over 70% of the business is with government related entities in areas such as smart cities, cyber security and emergency management. NEC sees these areas as well as work in health and agriculture growing in Australia in the future.

Over 190 companies now participate in the Forum for Regenerative Medicine (FIRM). A major change through the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Revision in Japan has cut the time to market by half for new innovations that are proven safe. Recently, FIRM participants toured Australia and were delighted by the expertise available in research and in particular clinical trials. Accessing the USA market through Australian clinical trials is an attractive strategy.

The CRC Association works with AusTrade in Japan as well as our Science Councillor in the Tokyo Embassy. We can facilitate discussion on join collaboration and would be pleased to do so. If you would like to contact with a Japanese research organisation, or potential partner company, let us know.

Energy Pipelines crc awarded funding for international co2 pipeline research

The Energy Pipelines CRC has partnered with Norwegian company DNV GL to undertake a project to improve safety and efficiency of CO2 pipelines by developing and validating predictive models for CO2 pipeline design. The project’s cost of over $6 million is to be funded by the Australian Government under the Carbon Capture & Storage Research Development and Demonstration Fund in conjunction with the Norwegian funding body CLIMIT.

Australian-first resources to support researchers and the autistic community

The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) has developed a range of Australian-first resources to support researchers and the autistic community to participate meaningfully in peer research. As the ultimate end-users of Autism CRC research outcomes, it is critical that individuals on the autism spectrum are engaged throughout the research process.  This ensures that the needs of the community are prioritised and research findings can be more easily translated into real world practice and disseminated. Autism CRC continues to build research capacity within the autism community and also to enhance the skills of researchers to partner with people on the spectrum and their families to co-produce research. Visit the website to learn more

Live to tell - surviving a natural disaster

All around the world on 13 October, communities will be talking about how they are reducing their exposure to disasters. Here in Australia, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and RMIT University will host a free public forum on the latest research and policies targeted at preventing deaths in natural disasters, as part of the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction.
Speakers will explore Australia’s contribution to reducing deaths from a range of natural disasters.
  • What are the challenges we face in preparing and responding to natural disasters and how can they be addressed?
  • What can we do today to ensure that the impacts are less tomorrow?
  • What policies need to be created, better implemented or changed?
Speaking at the forum will be:
  • Mark Crosweller, Director-General, Emergency Management Australia
  • John Schauble, Director, Emergency Management Resilience, Emergency Management Victoria
  • Dr Katharine Haynes, Risk Frontiers and Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • Dr Martine Woolf, Geosciences Australia and Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • John Richardson, Australian Red Cross
The forum will be held at Story Hall, RMIT University in Melbourne, at 4pm on Thursday 13 October. To attend, please RSVP to

Australia-China biosecurity partnership to launch at Murdoch

A biosecurity research partnership between Australia and China will be launched at Murdoch University this week.

The Australia-China Joint Centre for Postharvest Grain Biosecurity and Quality Research will focus on finding new and improved ways to minimise losses in stored grain through the development of non-chemical controls.

China is Australia’s largest grains export market, worth $2.8b in 2015. Postharvest losses are costly for both countries.

The partnership between Murdoch University, Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and China’s Academy of State Administration of Grain, the Chinese government’s agricultural research arm, will develop new technologies that reduce postharvest losses.

Administrator of China’s State Administration of Grain, His Excellency Dr Ren Zhengxiao, will arrive at Murdoch’s Perth campus, in Western Australia (WA), on Friday for the official Australian launch of the centre.

Professor YongLin Ren, a world leader in post-harvest grains research based at Murdoch’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, said: “With our research partners in China we will be developing non-chemical controls to manage stored grain pests, such as modified nitrogen technology and innovative ‘lure and kill’ pest control.

“The new research centre will establish treatment methods accepted by China and other countries to ensure food safety and security, maintaining quality, ensuring market access and protecting trade.”

Dr Michael Robinson, CEO of the Plant Biosecurity CRC, said: “Australia and China share many similar challenges for their respective industries.

“All four main insect pests affecting stored grain have developed resistance to the main fumigant phosphine.

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CRC ORE Annual Assembly 2016

“Unlocking and fast-tracking new value for the minerals sector”
30 November 2016, Curtin University (Bentley Campus), Perth, Western Australia

Registrations are open for this year’s CRC ORE Annual Assembly. This first Annual Assembly in our new funding term will reveal how CRC ORE and its Participants are working to unlock and fast-track new value for the minerals sector. This includes deploying innovative world-class technology to effect a step change in value across the whole-of-mine system.

This year we will be looking at how new technology and solutions will be expedited through our innovation pathway – nurturing innovation from conception to deployment.

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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.

Townsville - 19 October
Brisbane - 20 October

The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference

The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016 will celebrate, share and strengthen Indigenous knowledges and bring together Indigenous people from around Australia and the world. Underpinned by a strong cultural framework, the conference will connect our peoples, and others committed to working with us, to shape our future.

Registrations are now open and the program is up on the website.

South Australia Manufactures Leverage Big Data

The first round of the Big Data Connect Program has been a great success for South Australian manufacturers. The initiative from the Department of State Development enabled South Australian manufacturers Seeley International, Mayfield Industries and SEAPA Pty Ltd to work with Data to Decisions CRC to investigate opportunities to leverage Big Data to deliver value to their business. Big data is one of six key areas the Government of South Australia is concentrating on under its Manufacturing Technologies Program.

“A critical component of these projects was to move past the Big Data hype and develop some prototypes for the participating manufacturers to start using and see for themselves the value that can be delivered through Big Data. Now they have had the opportunity to see the value in their own business, many have expressed interest for further development and are looking at commercialisation opportunities to deliver extra value and services to their customers” said Innovation Exchange Program Lead, Troy Wuttke.

“It is a great example of how D2D CRC, who is primarily focused on Defence & National Security, has been able to transfer its R&D and skillsets to benefit another core industry in Australia.”

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Coaching for Completion

An innovative new coaching programme is available to support PhD candidates in their final year. Coach Dr Richard Huysmans takes candidates on a journey from cursing their PhD to competing it. During the practical sessions, students identify and develop the necessary soft skills as well as the tools and technical ability necessary to finish their thesis.

“I haven’t seen a program like this before and I think it would be of great benefit to PhD candidates,” said Dr Tony Peacock, CRC Association CEO. “It is well structured to assist the student and it will complement the type of support most supervisors can provide”.

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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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.

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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 27, 2016 04:18 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt was interviewed by Chris Kenny on Sky News.

Sep 27, 2016 04:11 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Assistant Minister Craig Laundy addressed the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) 2016 annual conference

Sep 26, 2016 01:44 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has welcomed the appointment of Ian Macfarlane as Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council and said he would be a strong successor to build on more than a decade of leadership under Michael Roche.

Sep 23, 2016 03:33 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has signed an exciting new five-year partnership with Boeing Australia to jointly develop new technological solutions to the complex problem of environmental monitoring on the Great Barrier Reef.

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