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Round 17 Progress

The CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction has progressed to interview in the 17th CRC Funding Round. The other two applicants: the Vision CRC and CO2 CRC, have not progressed. Round 17 was only available to existing CRCs following the 2014 Federal Budget.
CRC ORE is expected to be interviewed in November and the subsequent announcement made in December. A decision on the Innovative Manufacturing CRC has not yet been announced but is expected soon. IM CRC is the combined bid that resulted from the Advanced Manufacturing CRC rebid in Round 16 and the alternative Manufacturing Industry Innovation CRC bid. This proposal was interviewed several months ago.
The fate of the CRC for Northern Agriculture is not known. A bid was developed in response to the Coalition's election promise to fund a CRC in the space, but the closure of Round 17 has left the bid in limbo. The bid proponents have continued to develop the proposal but no formal mechanism exists for it to be submitted to government. Towards the end of the previous government, three priority CRCs were funded – each were subject to individual negotiations. Any progress on the Northern CRC is likely to be done in a similar way.

CRC Review underway

A discussion paper will be released in the next month or so inviting the CRC Community to comment on the 2014 Review. Legal and business identity, Mr David Miles AM, has been appointed to conduct the review.
“I understand from my discussions with Mr Miles and the Department that the steps in the Review will be a relatively short discussion paper, then submissions from interested parties followed by a round of discussion with those that might wish to speak to their submissions,” said Dr Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association.
The Terms of Reference for the CRC Review can be found here.
The CRC Association will provide updates in our newsletter as they come to hand.

Consolidated Environment Programme now open

The Australian Government has committed $102 million over four years to the National Environmental Science Programme. Interested organisations are welcome to submit applications for funding by 5 November 2014.

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Edition 3 of Know How is out now!  

In this edition we look at big data’s big impact: Are we really “drowning in data and starved for information?” How the $88 million Data to Decisions CRC aims to address the shortfall of experts in big data.

Also, you are probably reaping the benefits of the CRC Program on a daily or even hourly basis. Turn to page 29 of Know How and find out how the CRC Program affects your life from 7am to 6pm. You might be surprised.

If you are interested in advertising or advertorial in Edition 4 of Know How, contact Karen Taylor at

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 Women in Innovation Award       

Dr Sherry Kothari, Managing Director of the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC, has taken out the science health category at the Women in Innovation Awards SA for her work in establishing the Cooperative Research Centre. Congratulations, Sherry.

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Farewell and thank you so much

Jan Ferguson, former Managing Director of the CRC for Remote Economic Participation and Ninti-One, has bid farewell to her fellow friends, colleagues, partners and workers  in a recent newsletter article.

The CRC Association would like to wish Jan the best of luck with any future endeavours.

Click here to read Jan's farewell.

Extreme bushfires explained online

Last week hundreds of people around Australia tuned in to the livestream of Mercury Rising: Extreme Bushfires to see a panel of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC experts discuss the science of bushfires.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC teamed with the South Australia’s Country Fire Service and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources for this RiAus event.

The audience was involved as well, choosing the direction of the discussion in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style storyline. Both the live audience at The Science Exchange in Adelaide and viewers of the livestream were able to take part using their smartphones or tablets.

The event was promoted widely throughout South Australia’s regional areas. Many of those tuning in were watching as part of group meetings for rural fire brigades and land management offices.

Speakers included BNHCRC researchers Dr Mika Peace from the Bureau of Meteorology, Dr Jason Sharples from the University of New South Wales, and Dr Josh Whittaker from RMIT University.

The presentations and video are currently being edited and will be online soon at the BNHCRC and RiAus websites.

2015 Exchange: Australians to Korea

The Korea Australia Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program (ERLEP) is an important international collaborative linkages program, with the aim to establish individual and institutional S&T research linkages between Australia and Korea. The scheme is targeted at mid-career researchers of both countries, who are emerging leaders in the Science and Technology community, with their research established but international linkages in need of further development.

The successful researchers undertake two weeks of institutional placements in agreed-upon priority S&T areas. This significant program is funded by the Australia Korea Foundation (AKF), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF), with ATSE and the (NRF) administering the program.

The first Exchange Program occurred in August 2014 with ATSE organising a two week program, for six Korean participants visiting Australia, from the priority S&T fields of Healthy ageing and well-being; Capturing the benefits of ICT in a digital economy; and Environmental Sustainability, to progress S&T Linkages, and develop new opportunities. Each researcher visited between 4-9 research institutes and key stakeholders within their exchange program.

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Discover why a Churchill Fellowship is the research and travel opportunity of a lifetime!

Attend a free information session to find out how a Churchill Fellowship enables the exchange of knowledge and experience across the world.

Hear how a Fellowship could support you in your search for new ideas, innovation and excellence.

Be inspired by some of our extraordinary Churchill Fellows who will share their Fellowship experiences along with insights and outcomes from their fascinating research projects.

Guidance on how to apply will be provided and there will be time available at the end of each session to discuss your project ideas with our Fellows.

Churchill Fellows are ordinary Australians from all walks of life who have a passion to further develop their expertise for the benefit of our community. This could be you!

It is free to attend these sessions but bookings are essential!

CRCMining Transitions Successfully: Business as Usual

CRCMining celebrates the beginning of its journey as a fully member-supported mining research centre, and business is booming, with a large portfolio of innovative projects set to transform the global mining industry.

Since its inception in 1991, CRCMining has been supported by the Australian Commonwealth Government Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program. The funding has been well utilised for world-class research and the transfer of technology to transform the mining industry. With ongoing support from members and partners, the Centre has successfully transitioned from the CRC program as of 1 July 2014.

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14-15 October, Sydney
National Water Policy Summit 2014
The National Policy Summit will focus on setting the priorities to shape an ‘industry-led’ water strategy to drive Australia’s future prosperity.

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20-21 October 2014, Melbourne Convention Center
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