CRCs bring knowledge together for the benefit of all Australians.
Read a few examples of how different CRCs moved from an idea to an outcome.
- Since conception, the CRC Program of the Australian Government has aimed to deliver social and economic benefits for Australia and the world through the development of breakthrough products and technology. The CRC for Eye Research and Technology, now the Vision CRC, has been focused on converting breakthrough research into successful commercial products to correct and treat refractive error.
- Operator/driver fatigue is responsible for significant injuries and losses across many global industries. Now major mining companies are helping to combat fatigue with the SmartCap, fatigue-monitoring technology which is taking off around the world. Developed by CRCMining, SmartCap calculates a measure of drowsiness, which it wirelessly communicates to a display in-cab.
- The EverGraze project set out to significantly increase whole-farm profitability while helping farmers maintain groundcover and reduce salinity risk through increased water use. An outcome of the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FFI CRC), EverGraze’s achievements have been significant; including leading more than 4400 farms, across at least 900,000 hectares, to change their practices.
- Around 10 billion contact lenses are produced each year and the humble contact lens has been one of Australian research’s great success stories, with one of the world’s most popular lenses first developed through the CRC Program.
- The quantity and quality of our water impacts on our daily life, industries and biodiversity and as such, improved water management is a local, national and international priority. eWater CRC developed a series of software tools, built on the best available science, for the modelling of water and ecological systems for improved decision making in water management.
- The HEARing CRC worked closely with Member, Cochlear Ltd, to develop the implant electrode at the heart of Cochlear’s ‘Hybrid System’. Unlike standard cochlear implants that address profound hearing loss across all frequencies, the hybrid has been developed for individuals with hearing losses at high frequencies only, potentially improving hearing for thousands in Australia and overseas.
- Driver fatigue is a well-known cause of accidents, and CRCMining has developed the SmartCap to monitor drowsiness. The SmartCap is a baseball cap that contains sensors to measure brainwaves. Information on alertness can be displayed on a Bluetooth enabled device. The Australian mining industry supported the development of SmartCap technology to improve safety in the industry. CRCMining has made the SmartCap commercially available through its new subsidiary company, EdanSafe Pty Ltd.
- The Slope Stability Radar (SSR) is a device that monitors the stability of rock walls in open-cut mines through the use of radar. The SSR improves safety for workers as it quickly and easily deployed on the back of a vehicle, replacing monitoring tools that used long wires. The SSR arose from research by the CRC for Sensor Signal and Information Processing (1991-2006) and is marketed globally by GroundProbe Pty Ltd.
Highlights of CRC achievements
- Making Science Useful - The Key to Australia's Future, released on 8 November 2006, highlights ongoing achievements delivered for the benefit of Australia, from a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) in the CRC Programme.
- The Science in Action booklets are a compilation of media stories produced as part of the CRC Association's National Media Initiative by Julian Cribb & Associates from 2003 to 2006.
- Reaping the benefits: innovation through collaboration, released on 8 December 2005, highlights ongoing achievements delivered during the year for the benefit of Australia, from a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) in the CRC Programme.
- CRCs - Winning New Ways for Australia, released on 6 December 2004, highlights ongoing achievements delivered during the year for the benefit of Australia, from a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) in the CRC Programme.
- CRCs - Connecting communities, released on 24 November 2003, provides a snapshot of the outstanding recent achievements of the CRC Programme. Examples from twelve CRCs are included.
- CRCs - Capturing creativity, released on 14th October 2002, provides a snapshot of the outstanding recent achievements of the CRC Programme. Examples from twenty-three CRCs are included.
- Building on Australia's skills, released on 3rd October 2001, highlights ongoing achievements delivered during the year for the benefit of Australia. Examples from sixteen CRCs are provided.
- Research results in action highlights achievements of sixteen CRCs and in so doing shows how the research from the CRC Programme is helping to deliver innovation for Australia through bringing money into Australia's economy, through saving Australian industry money,
- Triumphs of Technology Transfer is a snapshot of some of the significant achievements of the Government's Cooperative Research Centres Programme during 1999. It highlights the contributions of CRCs to maximising innovation in Australia.