Keeping up with CRC Opportunities

23 March 2017

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.  Read More...

Announcements on CRC and CRC-Ps expected soon

25 January 2017

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”.  Read More...

Who’s bidding for a CRC in Round 19?

13 October 2016

As groups are forming to bid in the 19th CRC Funding Round in 2017, the CRC Association will feature bids and issues for bidders in a series of articles. Early setting of the ground rules for participating in a CRC is important. Fundamental issues like the IP arrangements or cash contributions may rule certain organisations in or out. The CRC Association has suggested that participants develop a Term Sheet for involvement..  Read More...

The Pipeline – who’s bidding for a CRC?

30 September 2016

Many syndicates are scoping bids for the 19th CRC Selection Round. The Government has published the timetable for the Round, which will open in May 2017 with selection processes running through 2017 and funding to commence 1 July 2018.  Read More...

Post-Election Commentary

26 August 2016

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 leaving an impact. But so too is the level of interest, enthusiasm and participation outside of government activities.  Read More...

Australian Innovation System under the microscope

13 July 2016

Innovation and Science Australia, the new body created in last December’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, has not sat idle during the election period. The Office of Innovation and Science Australia wound up a series of strategic workshops in Canberra yesterday, developing a 15-year Strategic Plan for Australia’s innovation sector.  Read More...

Dairy Futures CRC Wind-up

23 June 2016

The Dairy Futures CRC has set a new benchmark in successfully winding-up a Cooperative Research Centre. The CRC will officially finish on 30 June and DairyBio, an industry biosciences initiative, will commence on 1 July, taking over some of the work of the CRC. CRC researchers, dairy farmers and dairy industry came together in Melbourne recently to both lock-in and celebrate the achievements of the CRC.  Read More...

Innovation debate makes positions clear

23 June 2016

The National Press Club’s Election debate on Innovation was an innovation in itself. NPC CEO Maurice O’Reilly confirmed that it was the first debate between an Innovation Minister and his counterpart. That in itself says a lot about the nature of this election, where science and technology is actually up for debate.  Read More...

The story of Wild Dogs and Collaboration

7 June 2016

The extraordinary reaction online for a wild dog story coming up next Sunday on ABC Landline illustrates the power of CRC collaboration. Dogs are controversial, as are the methods of controlling them..  Read More...

Take the time to collaborate properly

12 April 2016

Perhaps researchers are getting the government’s message that they need to collaborate. Perhaps it is the introduction of the CRC-Ps and the short deadlines for the recent finding rounds. Or maybe it’s that we are all watching too much Reality Television  Read More...