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Keeping up with CRC Opportunities

There's an awful lot happening in the CRC world. You'll need to pay attention just to keep up: the Northern Development CRC is getting underway; Round 18 of the CRC Programme is (almost) completed, Round 3 of CRC-Projects closes tomorrow; Defence CRCs are starting up and the consultation on priorities ahead of Round 19 is getting processed. Let's go through them one by one.
  • The Board for CRC for Developing Northern Australia has been announced, with Sheriden Morris as Chair.  Sheriden has been very successful as Managing Director of the Cairns-based non-profit Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC). The Board of the CRC will work with stakeholders and AusIndustry over the next few months to develop final plans for the CRC. A funding round has been announced seeking projects up to $3 million in CRC funding in the areas of (1) tropical health and medicine, including models of care; and (2) tropical and northern agriculture including animal and plant improvement and sustainability.The funding arrangements are similar to those for CRC-Projects, with the round closing 20 April 2017.
  • Minister Sinodinos recently announced the outcomes of Round 18 of the CRC Programme.  Over $150 million was allocated to four new CRCs, being High Performing Soils, Honey Bee Products, Food Agility and iMove. Fifteen proposals were received back almost a year ago and fourteen were judged compliant. Seven were shortlisted for Stage II of the selection process and interviews were conducted last November. The Minister has also invited one CRC to submit a revised proposal.
  • The 19th selection round for Cooperative Research Centres will commence in May. No announcements have been made as yet, but the timetable should be (approximately) Stage I close late June/early July. Shortlisting August/September and Stage II close October. Interviews November and announcement December or January 2018 for CRCs to commence July 2018. Although the official opening of the funding round may be several months away, applicants are very active right now (see bottom of the newsletter).
  • Tomorrow is the closing day for the 3rd Selection Round for CRC-Projects. Check feedback on the second round from the Chairman of the CRC Advisory Committee in a later article. 
  • Defence Cooperative Research Centres are an extremely exciting development from the Federal Government. Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, made an important announcement about the DCRCs last week. The Defence CRCs are part of the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund, which represents a major new injection of funds over a decade from last year's Defence White Paper. In line with the Government's commitment to greater involvement of Australian business in defence technologies, the DCRCs represent an important opportunity. The first Defence Cooperative Research Centre is planned for the development of Trusted Autonomous Systems.You can hear Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, speak at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 and arrange meetings to discuss DCRCs at the Business Research Match-Up.

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

Speaker Highlight

Ms Anne-Marie Perret, Advisor to high growth companies, Board Member & Investor
What does the Government’s focus on Innovation mean for CRCs and R&D? (see article down page).

Mr David Pembroke, CEO and founder, contentgroup
Explaining is winning. David will examine the impact of the changes transforming government and public sector communication.

Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Glenys will deliver the annual Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society.

Mr Mark West, Founder and CEO, Seedly
Global trends in entrepreneurial finance, this workshop will take a global look at how entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors are funding the growth of their businesses.
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New Data Visualisation tools for the Department of Defence

Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) has recently completed a project for several Government agencies. The project, Immersive Intelligence Pod, run by Professor Bruce Thomas from the University of South Australia (UniSA) has created two new visualisations that can understand the relationship between moving entities.

The project’s aim was to visualise the convergence, colocation and divergence of entities in geospatial data sets, over large periods of time. This includes one off or repeated visits to different locations and periods where each entity is idle or active. The project also aimed to identify basic or routine patterns of behaviour.

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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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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

New strain of calicivirus released nationally to boost rabbit control

Just a few weeks after the national release of a Korean strain of calicivirus (known as RHDV1 K5), scientists have confirmed through lab analysis, the first pest rabbits that have succumbed to the disease.
This result has been years in the making, beginning as the RHD Boost research project through the Invasive Animals CRC back in 2009.
Andreas Glanznig, Invasive Animals CRC CEO, said that this result confirms that RHDV1 K5 is starting to work within the landscape and boosting our rabbit control efforts within Australia.
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CleanUp 2017

The 7th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference incorporating the 1st International PFAS Conference
10-14 September 2017 Melbourne, Australia

D2D CRC Board Director becomes Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence

The Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC) would like to announce that Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte will be stepping down as a Board director to take up the position of Chief Scientific Advisor for the UK Ministry of Defence.

Professor Durrant-Whyte is a successful academic, engineer and entrepreneur with a proven track for successfully engaging and achieving research outcomes with industry. He pioneered the field of statistical data fusion, in particular its application in autonomous robotics and in large-scale intelligent systems.

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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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CRCs and the R&D tax incentive

Article by Ms Anne-Marie Perret, Advisor to high growth companies, Board Member & Investor. Note Anne-Marie will be presenting a workshop at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017.

The ISR System Review on the Performance of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System and the Government review of the R&D Tax Incentive have implications for CRCs. This article is the first of three that will focus on what these reviews and their findings mean for CRCs. This first article outlines the R&D tax incentive and what CRCs can do to better leverage the program to help fund research and provide better commercialisation outcomes through engaging and collaborating with industry.
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CRCs in the news
Mar 13, 2017 01:23 am

The Federal Government has announced a $55 million investment over 10 years into digital and evolving vehicle technologies to help improve...

and evolving vehicle technologies to help improve traffic flow, named the iMove Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). As part of a $151.5

Mar 06, 2017 11:00 pm

SYDNEY, Mar. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ -- -- Grant is provided under Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) scheme and provides up...

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 21, 2017 08:02 am | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Science meets Parliament, which begins today, is a wonderful opportunity for parliamentarians to show their respect for the science community and the role it plays in shaping our nation.

Mar 20, 2017 03:39 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

A public consultation process will be held in Kimba, South Australia, after two landowners volunteered sites for Australia’s National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Mar 20, 2017 11:44 am | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matt Canavan, interviewed by journalists at Parliament House, Canberra.

Mar 17, 2017 02:42 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Australia’s so called ‘blue economy’ has made a significant contribution to the nation’s prosperity and is increasingly recognised around the world as a high value, high potential growth sector.

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