Commentary on Round 19

17 April 2018

It is a relief to hear the announcement of four new CRCs. Fifteen bids were received in the middle of 2017; 14 were considered by the Advisory Committee; six were shortlisted and now four are funded. Three of them fully-funded and one with a program cut. There’s the first lesson for future bidders – the government will fully support CRCs that make the business case for that support.  Read More...

Round 19 near completion, Round 20 bids developing

21 February 2018

The 19th selection round of Cooperative Research Centres is nearing completion, with an announcement on the successful CRCs expected in the next fortnight. Six bids were interviewed by the CRC Advisory Committee over 7 & 8 February, with two, three or four set to be funded. CRCA understands that the final number is likely to be at the upper end of expectations (seven CRCs finish 30 June this year).  Read More...

Passing of Dr Geoffrey Vaughan AO

10 January 2018

Former Chairman of the CRC Committee and Distinguished Friend of the CRC Association, Dr Geoffrey Vaughan passed away last Thursday. The CRC Community are in Geoff’s debt for his enthusiasm, vision and commitment to the CRC Program. He championed the program to Ministers and worked with the public service to make the program an exemplar of how to get industry and academia to work together. His commitment to formal reviewing of CRCs to meet or exceed expectations was vital to the credibility of the program.  Read More...

Comments on the 4th CRC-P Selection Round

7 December 2017

The fourth round of Cooperative Research Centres – Projects have been announced and Australian industry has embraced the program from sewer linings, hydrogen energy, disease resistant bananas to portable brain scanners and cancer treatment.  Read More...

When should you appoint Directors to a CRC?

4 October 2017

All the bids in the 20th selection round for CRCs have nominated a Chair should their bid be successful. But a common question is when should they approach potential Directors of their CRC company? At this stage, it is a hypothetical directorship; there’s no company, no staff and no money as yet to direct.  Read More...

Building the vision for a new industry

30 August 2017

many CRCs have to be able to paint the vision of growth for their industry. There’s a certain skill to doing that for MPs, Senators and Advisers in a busy Parliamentary week. For Sherry Kothari, the CEO of the Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC (CTM CRC), there were two added degrees of difficulty: she was describing a vision for an industry that doesn’t yet exist in Australia and last week in the Australian Parliament was, well, more like crazy than just busy.  Read More...

The next collaborative challenge

9 August 2017

Cooperative Research Centres have lots of experience at collaboration across organisations and disciplines. The importance of collaboration has been well recognised over the past few years and more programmes have become available to support it.  Read More...

ANSTO: a science and industry powerhouse

26 July 2017

ANSTO, Australia’s nuclear research agency enjoys an enviable reputation, has hundreds of collaborations with industry and other research agencies and hosts around 16,000 school visitors a year.  Read More...

Tell him he’s dreamin’

28 June 2017

It’s crunch time for Cooperative Research Centre bidders in the 19th selection round, with a mere fortnight until submission. Participants in proposed centres will go down to the wire in developing their proposals and negotiating their role in a future CRC.  Read More...

19th CRC Selection Race is on

31 May 2017

The Cooperative Research Centres Programme has opened its books for the 19th Selection Round, with Stage 1 applications accepted until 12 July. CRCs are major collaborative research ventures of up to 10 years duration, requiring matching funding for the Australian Commonwealth grant.  Read More...