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...

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...