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Stage 2 CRCs Announced

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science has just announced the seven CRCs bids which will progress to Stage 2 of the 18th investment round. Round 18 saw fourteen compliant applications submitted.

In the next stage, the applicants will develop a business case and be interviewed by the CRC Advisory Committee, which will prepare funding recommendations to the Minister.

The bids that will progress to Stage 2 are: 
  • CRC for High Performance Soils
  • CRC for Honey Bee Products
  • Cyber Security CRC
  •  Food Agility CRC
  •  Future Water CRC
  •  iMOVE CRC 
  • Innovation for Mental Wealth CRC
  The bids that did not progress to Stage 2 are:
  • Regional Industries CRC
  • CRC for Brain Injury
  • The VIRTACH (Virtual Tactile Human) CRC
  • Smart Ageing CRC
  • Food and Wine Integrity Cooperative Research Centre
  • Beef Value Chain CRC
  • Chemical and Advanced Materials Industries CRC
The CRC Association congratulates the successful bidders and wishes them well in the very competitive next stage. We empathise with those unsuccessful at this stage. We know that many CRCs are highly successful after an initially unsuccessful bid.

CRC-P Round 2 Open for Applications

Round 2 of CRC-Ps is now open. The first round of CRC-Ps saw 91 applications being submitted with 11 projects being funded to the tune of $22 million from the Commonwealth. The sheer volume of applications in Round 1 points to the level of interest by industry. The CRC Association expects even more applications in Round Two.

Applications will close at 5:00pm AEDT (Canberra time) on Wednesday 26 October 2016. We expect outcomes will be announced in December.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will be holding information sessions on the Round 2 of CRC-Ps in the near future. These sessions will provide important information about the application process and what to consider when completing the application form.
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Grants help bridge the gap between Australia and overseas markets

Australian businesses and researchers can now apply for grants from the Australian Government to help them collaborate with researchers overseas to gain a competitive edge in the global market.

The bridging grants component of the Global Connection Fund opened today for applications from eligible businesses and researchers.

These grants will help existing small-to-medium Australian businesses work with researchers overseas, leveraging their academic expertise to help them compete on the international stage.

The grants will also help Australian researchers build strong relationships with international partners, which will lead to the translation of knowledge and intellectual property into market-ready products or services.

Bridging grants offer up to $50,000 in seed funding to help businesses and researchers undertake innovative projects with overseas partners to support commercialisation and proof-of-concept activities.

Bridging grants support activities such as:

  • Product and service development activities (e.g. technical development, compliance testing, proof of concept, product testing, validation, laboratory verification and certification)
  • Product or services design (e.g. design work, prototyping, innovation design, manufacturing establishment)
  • Software development and beta testing for a specific application, and
  • Market testing and analysis (e.g. supplying prototypes for testing and evaluation).
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Paid workshop: 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 their 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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Huge interest in CRCs in Perth

Over 70 people attended a discussion on CRCs and CRC-Ps in Perth on Thursday 25 August. It was the first event to be held in the new Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation ( Western Australian universities participate in 23 of the current 33 CRCs but the state does not host the headquarters to any – the last being the Future Farm Industries CRC.

“We would like to see CRCs hosted across the country because it’s a national program,” said Dr Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association.

“There is certainly no shortage of research talent or company need for research in Western Australia”.

Jill Stajduhar from the National Energy Resources Australia ( briefly outlined some exciting possibilities in that sector. Ms Stajduhar also spoke on how researchers can reach out to companies through the Industry Growth Centres.
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Post-Election Commentary

By Tony Peacock

I know some of the post-election commentary about innovation has been a bit negative, but my experience on the ground is that the “Ideas Boom” is really starting to gain momentum. The reshaping of some grants, programs and the launch of others are having an impact. But so too is the level of interest, enthusiasm and participation outside of government activities.

Read more launches digital Australian dollar, a spin-off company of the Capital Markets CRC, officially launches the digital Australian dollar.

The electronic version of the currency is digitally 'minted' as electronically signed coins and banknotes. These can be held on smartphones, computers or storage media. Just like cash, online users can transfer coins and notes between each other via free, instant transactions.

The encryption technology used means that the electronic banknotes can securely circulate over public communication networks, without the risk of theft or counterfeiting.

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Free 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.

Newcastle - 7 September
Canberra - 19 September

Seals solve Antarctic water mystery

Elephant seals have helped scientists to demonstrate that fresh water from Antarctica’s melting ice shelves slows the processes responsible for the formation of deep-water ocean currents that regulate global temperatures.

The study, led by Dr Guy Williams from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, is published today in Nature Communications.

Dr Williams said the findings raised questions about potential future changes in the global ocean and climate systems.

“Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are like a beating heart, producing deep and powerful currents of cold water that drive global ocean mixing and regulate atmospheric temperatures,” Dr Williams said.

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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.

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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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