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Announcements on CRC and CRC-Ps expected soon

The text messages from anxious applicants are getting shorter. This week, they are generally down to just, “Anything?” or “Any news?””. Capitalisation and punctuation have become optional.

Unfortunately, the best we know at the CRC Association is a short answer as well, “Soon”.

We know that the CRC Advisory Committee has completed its work. The CRC-Project Round 2 seems to have gone over very smoothly, with 62 applications received.

The full CRC funding round has had some road bumps. Problems occurred with the uploading of second stage applications and for at least one bid, there were inconsistences between the submitted documentation and what the Committee had at the time of interview. It is not known if the problems are serious enough to cause any delay in announcing the outcomes of the 18th Funding Round. It may well mean separate announcements are made for CRCs and CRC-Ps.

Another possible spanner in the works is whether we retain Minister Hunt in the reshuffle that could be announced as soon as today. There is media speculation that Minister Hunt may be moved to the Health portfolio. If that happens, we would expect the new Minister, the seventh in seven years, to take a bit of time to come up to speed.

It is often the case that CRC selection goes into January. Hopefully, we won’t see it drift into February. The need to be able to get on with planning and contract is well understood.

$12 million boost for positioning technology in Australia

The Australian Government will invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia. The funding will be used to test instant, accurate and reliable positioning technology that could provide future safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits across many industries in Australia, including transport, agriculture, construction, and resources.

Early next year, Geoscience Australia with the Collaborative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) will call for organisations from a number of industries including agriculture, aviation, construction, mining, maritime, rail, road, spatial, and utilities to participate in the test-bed.
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Have your say on priority areas for future CRCs

The Turnbull Government is seeking input from the industry, science and research communities on priority research themes for upcoming selection rounds of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.

Public consultation will identify possible themes and priorities for CRC and CRC‑Project selection rounds over the next two years.

Submissions close on Wednesday 15 February 2017.

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Collaborate | Innovate | 2017

The CRC Association is holding our next annual conference, Collaborate | Innovate | 2017, in Canberra next year from 23 to 25 May at QT Canberra.The Excellence in Innovation Awards gala dinner and a showcase of CRC outcomes will be held on the evening of 24 May in the Great Hall at Australian Parliament House.

Collaborate | Innovate is to become our theme for all future CRC Association conferences, highlighting its role as the leading conference on business-research collaboration and engagement.  The conference will explore the importance of business and industry working with researchers to create innovation, and how to foster these relationships.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Sponsorship provides a host of benefits and exposure among a diverse range of attendees: politicians, industry leaders and the Cooperative Research Centres community. You won’t find a similar opportunity next year.

Registrations open next week and CRC Association Members get access to discounted rates.

The CRC Association would like to thank our sponsors: 
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Science is the currency of biosecurity

Science is the currency of biosecurity: it provides the evidence base for market access, and protects our agricultural productivity. Where to next for plant biosecurity science in this country?

The Plant Biosecurity CRC winds up in mid-2018. They are at a cross-roads. Recognising this, and after consultation, they have sent a proposal to the Australian Government recommending the establishment of a permanent plant biosecurity science institute.

The focus will be cross-sectoral research, recognising that sector-based research is being progressed by RDCs. If you support a long-term and sustainable future for plant biosecurity research, and want to ensure that we can maintain our high biosecurity status for market access and trade, then you may want to consider throwing your support behind this proposal. You can do this by contacting decision-makers in government - all contact details, plus the full proposal are online here.

2017 Early Career Researcher Showcase

Applications are now open for the 2017 Early Career Researcher Showcase, proudly sponsored by CSIRO. If you are an ECR (2 years before submitting a PhD and 5 years after) that would like to tell the world about your research and potentially win $6,000, then you should enter this competition.

Entry is via 30-second video.

Five short-listed candidates will win a trip to Canberra and give a five-minute presentation on the first day of the conference, 23 May at QT Canberra. If they are from Canberra, we'll give them a $500 travel voucher.

All five finalists win $1,000 each. The winner, voted by the audience, will win an additional $5,000. We hope the Prime Minister will hand out the awards.   

Applications are only open to CRC Association members and are limited to ten per member organisation. The videos from previous applicants can be found on our website here.

Applications close Thursday 23 February 2017.

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New partnership between the Alertness CRC and NTC designed to examine heavy vehicle driver fatigue

In a first for the Australian heavy vehicle industry, a new partnership between the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) and the National Transport Commission (NTC), will, through a combination of rigorous field and laboratory-based research, evaluate the impacts of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on heavy vehicle driver fatigue.
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Awards for Excellence in Innovation are now open

The 2017 Awards for Excellence in Innovation are now open. The awards were initiated in 1999 to recognise outstanding examples of the transfer of CRC research results, knowledge and technologies that have been developed for a wide range of users.

Last year, four winners were named in the fields of sheep genetics, health fraud, energy pipelines, and degradable film technologies for crop propagation. The award winners' videos can be found here.

Applications are open to all CRC Association members.

The awards will be presented at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 on 24 May at Australian Parliament House.
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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 in the news
Dec 16, 2016 03:34 am

A leading provider of drilling services, equipment and performance tooling, Boart Longyear has signed a licensing agreement with Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) for the Wireless Sub, a new patent pending technology solution that enhances safety and productivity in

Dec 12, 2016 03:59 pm

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share via Email Kangaroo island wool grower Keith Bolto. KANGAROO Island Merino breeder Keith Bolto is using detailed ram records and digital technology to transform his flock.

Dec 04, 2016 02:25 pm

A world-first vaccine developed by Melbourne scientists, which could eliminate or at least reduce the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, has been validated by research published this weekend in a leading international journal.

Nov 25, 2016 02:36 pm

CSIRO scientist, Dr Ken McColl has been recognised for the value and impact of his carp biocontrol research by being announced the 2016 recipient of the Professor Dave Choquenot Science Award for Excellence in Pest Animal Research.

News from the Minister
Jan 17, 2017 10:14 am | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Australian Government will invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia.

Jan 16, 2017 10:22 am | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Significant progress has been made over the weekend, with great demonstrations of good faith from all parties working to find a solution for the future of the Portland smelter.

Jan 16, 2017 10:01 am | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

One of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes, based in the Western Australian outback, has begun processing mind-boggling amounts of data which will help scientists explore the secrets and history of the Universe.

Jan 10, 2017 01:06 pm | Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, spoke to Chrissy Arthur on ABC Capricornia's Breakfast program.

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Antarctic Climate &
Ecosystems (ACE) CRC
Deep Exploration
Technologies CRC
CRC for Living with Autism
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Cancer Therapeutics CRC Capital Markets CRC
CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing  Space Environment Management CRC CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity
Data to Decisions CRC CRC for Contamination
Assessment and Remediation
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Dairy Futures CRC DMTC Ltd Energy Pipelines CRC
The HEARing CRC CRC for Mental Health Invasive Animals CRC
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CRC for Optimising
Resource Extraction
Young and Well CRC
Oral Health CRC CRC for Polymers High Integrity Pork CRC
Poultry CRC  Rail Manufacturing CRC CRC for Spatial Information
CRC for Sheep
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Wound Management
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