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...

Innovation Delegation Report

4 May 2017

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos AO, recently announced more than $150 million in funding for four new CRCs. This comes on top of $34.5 million for 17 new CRC-Projects and finalisation of the Board for the CRC for Developing Northern Australia. And don’t forget the 3 DCRCs announced by the Department of Defence.  Read More...

Getting ready for Round 19

5 April 2017

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos AO, recently announced more than $150 million in funding for four new CRCs. This comes on top of $34.5 million for 17 new CRC-Projects and finalisation of the Board for the CRC for Developing Northern Australia. And don’t forget the 3 DCRCs announced by the Department of Defence.  Read More...

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...