2017-2018 Pre-budget Submission

8 February 2017

The CRC Association submits that the total resources to the CRC Programme should be lifted to $200 million in the 2017-2018 Budget (from the current $160 million) and maintained in real terms over the forward estimates. The total cost over the next three years is $108 million. This would partially restore the CRC Programme budget and enable the programme to continue to deliver for Australia.  Read More...

2017-2018 Pre-budget Sumission

19 January 2017

The CRC Association submits that the total resources to the CRC Programme should be lifted to $200 million in the 2017-2018 Budget (from the current $160 million) and maintained in real terms over the forward estimates. The total cost over the next three years is $108 million. This would partially restore the CRC Programme budget and enable the programme to continue to deliver for Australia.  Read More...

ARC Engagement and Impact Consultation Paper: Response

28 June 2016

The Cooperative Research Centres Association is extremely supportive of an Engagement and Impact Measure being adopted to stand beside the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) measure. The quality of Australian research is obviously of critical importance, but we believe the current ERA system tends to push universities and individual researchers to an over emphasis on international journal publication and an under emphasis on the use of their findings to make a difference in the world.  Read More...

Comments on the Discussion Paper (March 2016) on the Control Tool and Technology Development Grants Programme

1 April 2016

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association welcomes the invitation to comment on the discussion paper informing the development of the Control Tool and Technology Development Grants Programme. The CRC Association respectfully submits that the grants programme as described in the discussion paper is unlikely to deliver a significant impact on established pests and weeds in Australia.  Read More...

2016 – 2017 Pre-budget submission

5 February 2016

The Australian Government has committed to putting science at the heart of industry policy. The National Industry and Science Agenda sets out a roadmap for this ambition. The Cooperative Research Centres Programme is a significant part of achieving the Governments’ ambitious innovation agenda. Successive reviews and studies have demonstrated the impact of the CRC Programme, including its positive impact on Australia’s Gross Domestic Product.  Read More...

CRC Association submission: Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements

18 September 2015

Executive Summary Researchers are encouraged to seek funds from Category 1 over Category 4 by their university. In some cases, the university will encourage that Category 1 funders do not put funding through a CRC because the return to the university drops as the money then becomes Category 4. This is anti-collaborative behaviour — the…  Read More...

CRC Association Submission to the ACOLA Review of Australia’s Research Training System

3 September 2015

Executive Summary The Cooperative Research Centres Association represents all of Australia’s CRCs as well as a number of other Affiliate and Associate members. Since the start of the CRC Program in 1991, one of the few common features of all of the more than 200 CRCs, has been a postgraduate training program. We believe CRCs…  Read More...

CRC Association Submission to the Review of Independent Medical Research Institutes

14 December 2014

Executive Summary The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association represents all of Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres as well as some Affiliate and Associate members. The CRC Programme is small in comparison to some other sources of medical research funding in Australia, but it is nevertheless an important source of funding. Currently there are eleven health and…  Read More...

CRC Association Submission to Boosting Commercial Returns from Research

28 November 2014

Executive Summary The Cooperative Research Centres Association (CRC Association) welcomes the opportunity to provide some comments on the government’s discussion paper Boosting Commercial Returns from Research. We welcome and applaud the government’s determination and effort to improve commercial returns from research. In this submission we argue that the direct monetary benefits returns to research institutions,…  Read More...

CRC Association Submission to the 2014 CRC Programme Review

12 November 2014

Executive Summary The Cooperative Research Centres programme is an Australian success story. The outcomes for the nation are out of all proportion to the size of the programme. While representing less than 1.6% of the Commonwealth innovation budget, the CRC programme drives a further $4 for each programme dollar (Figure 3). Moreover, that expenditure is…  Read More...