Cooperative Research Centres (CRC)

Australian Government initiative forming collaborative partnerships between publicly funded researchers and industry. Cooperative Research Centre Consultant

 

 Cooperative Research Centre

 

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC ) Program commenced in 1991 with the objective to deliver significant economic, environmental and social benefits to Australia by supporting end-user driven research partnerships between publicly funded researchers and end-users to address clearly articulated, major challenges that require medium to long term collaborative efforts.”

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program links researchers with industry to focus R&D efforts on progress towards utilisation and commercialisation. The close interaction between researchers and the users of research is a key feature of the Program. Another feature is industry contribution to CRC education programs to produce industry-ready graduates.

Since 1991, the Australian Government has committed more than $3.7 billion to CRCs and CRC participants have contributed a further $11.7 billion in cash and in-kind support.

 

Objective

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Programme aims to:

  • improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and in line with Government Priorities.
  • foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between Industry Entities and Research Organisations.
  • encourage and facilitate Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.

 

Eligibility

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Programme is open to all industry sectors and research disciplines and funding is available to organisations from all industry, research and community sectors.

Applicant Requirements

  • Applications for CRCs will be submitted on behalf of a group of applicants who have agreed to collaborate.
  • Applications for CRC-Ps must be submitted by the Lead Participant, which must be an Industry Entity.
  • A CRC application must have among its applicants at least one Australian:
    • Industry Entity; and
    • Research Organisation; and a CRC-P application must have among its applicants at least:
    • two Australian Industry Entities; (including at least one SME); and
    • one Research Organisation
  • Applications must demonstrate the ability to at least match (in cash or in-kind) the level of CRC Programme Funding requested and provided. Cash Contributions, particularly from industry, will be viewed favourably and may result in an application for funding being deemed more suitable.
  • Any organisation named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 cannot be part of an application.
  • Applicants who have been Participants of a CRC-P that has completed its funding period will not be excluded from applying under the CRC stream. However, where the proposed Activity of the CRC, as outlined in the application, would duplicate a Project funded under a CRC-P, this will not be considered eligible. This does not exclude the consideration of Activities based on the outputs or outcomes of a Project funded under a CRC-P.
  • An application must demonstrate the ability to undertake the Essential Activities

Participant Requirements

  • Once an application succeeds in obtaining CRC Programme Funding, the Applicants become Participants in the relevant CRC or CRC-P and have certain obligations.
  • The Participants are required to enter a Participants Agreement.
  • A CRC must maintain amongst its Participants at least one Australian:
    • Industry Entity; and
    • Research Organisation; and a CRC-P must maintain amongst its Participants at least:
    • two Australian Industry Entities (including at least one SME); and
    • one Australian Research Organisation.
  • Participants from existing or former CRCs may be Participants in other CRCs or CRC-Ps.
  • Any organisation named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 cannot be a Participant.
  • CRCs may secure additional Participants or may substitute Participants during the period of their Funding Agreement, subject to the conditions of their Participants Agreement and the Funding Agreement. Participants are not required to commit for the full funding period.

 

Funding

  • There is no specified limit to funding available for each Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) under the Programme. The total amount of funding available to the Programme is limited by Appropriation.
  • A maximum of $3 million (GST exclusive) of Australian Government funding is available for each CRC-P. Only CRC-Ps of exceptional merit are likely to be awarded the maximum level of Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Programme Funds.
  • Funding Agreements are for fixed Australian dollar contributions from the Australian Government during the funding period. The Australian Government will not increase funding for cost increases.
  • CRCs and CRC-Ps will be funded for a single, specified term to undertake the Activities or Project respectively, as specified in the Funding Agreement. There will be no additional funding or extension to the term specified in the Funding Agreement.

 

$74M boost for minerals processing and manufacturing CRCs

Industry-led research to improve resource extraction and support innovative manufacturing will be boosted with $74 million in Government funding for two Cooperative Research Centres (CRC).

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) will receive $34.45 million, this funding will extend the work of the CRC for ongoing activities in improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of mineral extraction to 30 June 2021.

The new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Innovative Manufacturing (IM CRC) will receive $40 million over seven years to 30 June 2022 to assist Australian manufacturers to transition to high-value internationally competitive manufacturing.

Speaking at the CRC Association annual conference in Canberra on May 26, Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said CRCs will continue to be an important asset for driving greater collaboration between industry and research.

“CRCs are a highly successful way of bringing industry and research organisations together to apply the latest research knowledge to the real-world problems facing industry,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“More than 60 organisations, including multi-nationals, SMEs and peak industry bodies, will be involved in these CRCs. They will bring together a wide range of skills and knowledge, as well as financial support, to increase productivity in their sectors.

“The CRCs will work closely with the new Industry Growth Centres to address common goals and priorities, ensuring an integrated approach to overcoming challenges and developing market opportunities for local businesses.”

Some recent highlights of CRCs include research that has reduced the impact of invasive species like rabbits, work on making cell therapy more accessible and affordable and building a more resilient and profitable dairy industry.

Notable returns on industry investments include Boeing’s initial $17 million investment in the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures.

This has paid off in spades in terms of jobs and Australia’s largest aerospace contract, worth $4 billion over 20 years.

It has created 1300 jobs turning out moveable trailing edges for the 787 Dreamliner at Boeing’s sole source manufacturing facility in Melbourne.

 

Manufacturing on the Move

Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) Briefing for Existing and Prospective Industry Participants

Angus M Robinson
Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®

Hear about the IMCRC and its focus on Industry led collaborative programs that will grow your business into the 21st century.

Learn how you can leverage your R&D expenditure through joining the IMCRC. You get access to federal funds and valuable industry research capability.

Manufacturing Industry Research Capability in NSW has global significance in growth market sectors with ‘state of the art’ research facilities.

Following this briefing, ‘one on one’ meetings will be organised in confidence to determine how the IMCRC and its research partners can support your market led R&D.

  • When: Friday September 30th from 9.00 am until noon followed by lunch.
  • Where: University of NSW Kensington. The Scientia-Gallery: Scientia Building Gallery Room (G19), southern end, enter near Civil Engineering building entrance.

Please register with Rohan Willard email: [email protected] by 23 September 2016 for catering purposes.

  • About: What the Australian Government and the publicly funded research sector can do to support market led industry research and development.

Speakers:

  • David Chuter CEO of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • Tony Peacock CEO of the CRC Association

Potential areas of research focus of interest to industry:

  1. Additive manufacturing (e.g. design optimisation, hybrid processing, and new materials).
  2. Biomedical implants and devices (e.g., orthopedics, micro fluidics, and micro-needles).
  3. Water-based hydraulics, lightweight materials, and smart pumps.
  4. Microelectronics, advanced semi-conductors and power devices, and virtual and augmented reality.
  5. Lightweight composites, nano and biomaterials.

 

Expert Assistance

There were 26 applications for round 14, with six funded thus the chance of success was 23%. Although the same cannot be said for getting a new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) up, which only have a 10% chance of being funded. Typically most of the CRCs funded are existing CRCs or are submitting for a second time.

CRCs are probably the most complex grant to put together. They take over a year of planning & development to put together and require a number of different skills sets

We can assist with your Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Grants application including:

  • Bid Management
  • Opportunity/Problem identification
  • Quantification of economic impact (Ideally $500 M)
  • Governance arrangements
  • Financial modelling (inputs and outputs)
  • Impact modelling
  • Education and training program
  • Research programs
  • Application Drafting

Timing

Applications close 5 July 2018.

 

Round 19

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation and Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia have announced the outcomes of the 19th CRC selection round.

Application details Application summary
Digital Health CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl):$55,000,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions:$174,224,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Digital Health CRC will improve the health and health care of Australians and advance the economy through collaborative research and development that combines multi-disciplinary skills, industry knowledge, technologies, networks and data to: empower consumers; understand and manage health risks of individuals and communities; support clinical practice; improve system efficiency and access to quality care; and build and enhance businesses to provide high value jobs and solutions in a growing global market.
Fight Food Waste CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl):$30,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions:$102,900,000 (cash and in-kind)

To secure Australia’s food future, the Fight Food Waste CRC will reduce food waste throughout the supply chain, transform unavoidable waste into innovative high-value co-products and engage with industry and consumers to deliver behavioural change. Winning this fight has a $20 billion annual prize by increasing industry profitability, tackling food insecurity and enhancing Australia’s reputation as a sustainable and trusted producer of premium food products.
Future Fuels CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl):$26,250,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions:$64,389,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Future Fuels CRC will provide enabling research and development to transition energy infrastructure to a low-carbon economy using fuels such as hydrogen and biogas. It will develop transition pathways for existing infrastructure and equipment to transport and use these new fuels today and well into the future. Collaborating with over 50 companies, 6 universities, the energy market operator and state regulators, this CRC will realise the potential to store and deliver reliable, clean, and affordable energy through both new and repurposed networks.
MinEx CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl):$50,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions:$165,738,000 (cash and in-kind)

Current declining mineral discovery rates mean fewer future mines. MinEx CRC will create new opportunities for mineral discovery by delivering: more productive, safer and environmentally friendly drilling methods; new technologies for collecting data while drilling; and exploration data on never before sampled deposits. The outcomes will also grow the high value Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.

 

Round 18

On 7 March 2017, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science announced the outcomes of the 18th Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) selection round. The four successful applicants are detailed below. These CRCs are expected to commence operations in mid 2017.

Application details Application Summary
CRC for High Performance Soils

Grant Funding (GST excl):
$39,500,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions:
$136,843,552 (cash and in-kind)

The CRC for High Performance Soils (CRC-HPS) will give farmers the knowledge and tools they need to make decisions on extremely complex soil management issues. CRC-HPS bridges the gap between soil science and farm management. Our practical, real-world outputs will allow farmers to optimise their productivity, yield and profitability, and ensure the long-term sustainability of their farming businesses.
CRC for Honey Bee Products

Grant Funding (GST excl):
$7,000,000 over 5 years

Participant Contributions:
$19,222,384 (cash and in-kind)

This CRC for Honey Bee Products is opportune given the increased demand for ‘clean and green’ products internationally and the discovery of Australian Manuka honey. Unique floral hive sites will be linked to product quality control processes to underpin the healthy product image for national and international markets. Inter-disciplinary researchers together with industry, will create valuable, proprietary knowledge and systems whilst providing a training platform for continuous improvement.
Food Agility CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl):
$50,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions:
$161,964,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Food Agility CRC aims to empower Australia’s food industry to grow its comparative advantage through digital transformation. The CRC will integrate the agile culture and processes of the digital economy through a whole-of-value-chain lens for fresh and processed food.
The approach is to share data to build brand, markets, jobs and exports. Teams spanning agriculture, food and technology-related disciplines and will maximise impacts for the food and agribusiness sector.
iMove CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl):
$55,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions:
$178,780,000 (cash and in-kind)

The iMOVE CRC is tackling the growing challenges to efficient movement of people and freight. It is exploiting the digital revolution and evolving vehicle technologies to enable traffic to flow more smoothly, create more efficient connections between transport modes and provide choice to travellers and freight operators through real time information. In this way it will deliver reduced congestion, fuel use and emissions, and improved national productivity and international competitiveness.

The four successful applicants were among the 14 compliant stage one applications received by 31 March 2016 for the 18th CRC selection round. Seven of the stage one applicants were invited to stage two of the assessment process and were asked to submit a full business case. After submitting business cases by 21 October 2016 the applicants attended interviews with the CRC Advisory Committee on 29 and 30 November 2016.

 

Round 16

The Australian Government will create three new Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and extend four existing CRCs to drive research that will deliver practical benefits to industry and the community in fields including manufacturing, agriculture, health care and data security. The total funding for Round 16 was $186 million.

The three new CRCs are:

  • The Rail Manufacturing CRC ($31 million) which will develop products, technologies and supply chain networks to increase the capability and globally competitive position of the rail industry.
  • The Data to Decisions CRC ($25 million) which will develop robust tools to maximise the benefits that Australia’s defence and national security sector can extract from big data to reduce national security threats.
  • The Space Environment Management CRC ($19.8 million) which will monitor, analyse and manage space debris and develop new technologies and strategies to preserve the space environment for the benefit of Australia.

The four extended CRCs are:

  • The Hearing CRC ($28 million) which will develop new devices, therapies and service delivery models to improve the prevention, detection and remediation of hearing disorders.
  • The Cancer Therapeutics CRC ($34 million) which will build on the drug-discovery engine it has already created to discover effective new drugs for major cancers and improve the lives of Australian children with cancer through tailored and personalised treatment.
  • The Capital Markets CRC ($32.4 million) which will develop operational technology solutions to enhance the integrity and efficiency of financial and health markets in Australia and globally.
  • The CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation ($15.5 million) which will enhance sheep wellbeing and productivity, value-based trading of sheep meat and deliver affordable technologies to transform the Australian sheep industry.

These seven industry-driven CRCs will bring together more than 130 organisations across Australia and internationally, including 60 industry partners and organisations in Asia, Europe and United States.

Australian companies such as EOS Space Systems will collaborate with world class researchers and large multi nationals such as Lockheed Martin to develop new technologies, gain access to global markets and improve their competitiveness.
Significant funding for long term research projects allows CRCs to tackle ambitious projects. Strong competition for funding results in high quality projects being supported and I am sure these CRCs will continue to deliver major benefits to Australia.”

The full list of applicants for Round 16 were:

  • Advanced Manufacturing CRC
  • Cancer Therapeutics Cooperative Research Centre
  • Capital Markets CRC
  • The CRC for Cyber Security (CyberCRC)
  • CRC for Increasing Agricultural Soil Productivity
  • CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation
  • Data to Decisions CRC
  • The Hearing CRC
  • Manufacturing Industry Innovation CRC
  • Rail Manufacturing CRC
  • Space Environment Management CRC
  • Wildlife Biodiversity Cooperative Research Centre
  • Centre of Perinatal Excellence Cooperative Research Centre (COPE-CRC)
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Exercise, Fitness and Injury Technologies
  • CRC for Active and Engaged Ageing
  • CRC for Diabetes and Obesity
  • CRC for Innovative Science Communication and Outreach (CISCO)

 

Round 15

  • CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity ($14.5 million) – This CRC will reduce the burden of impaired alertness on the safety, productivity and health of all Australians.
  • CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing ($20 million) – This CRC will help make Australia a world leader in the manufacture of cell therapies.
  • CRC for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders ($31 million) – This CRC will enhance the lives of individuals with lifelong development disabilities arising from an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Vision CRC ($5 million) – This CRC will dramatically improve eye care in remote environments by developing a world-first intelligent retinal camera

 

Round 14

  • Automotive Australia 2020 CRC ($26 million) – This CRC will undertake research programs and build human capital in areas of vehicle electrification, gaseous fuels and production of greener vehicles and components.
  • CRC for Low Carbon Living ($28 million) -This CRC will bring together leading researchers and key end-users to develop new tools to reduce carbon emissions and transform the built environment to a low carbon future.
  • CRC for Polymers ($14.5 million) – This CRC will contribute to establishing Australia as a leading provider and exporter of products that meet emerging global needs in the areas of health therapies, water and food security and low-cost solar energy.
  • CRC for Water Sensitive Cities ($30 million) – This CRC will deliver the planning, technology and decision support tools required to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of urban water systems.
  • Invasive Animals CRC ($19.7 million) – This CRC will deliver key technologies to reduce the impacts of new and existing pest animals on Australia’s agricultural competitiveness and biodiversity assets.
  • Plant Biosecurity CRC ($29.7 million) – This CRC will develop and deploy the knowledge and tools to safeguard Australia from damaging plant pest incursions.

 

Round 13

  • CRC for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing ($27 million) will help put a stop to this by studying how technology can help prevent and treat mental illness in our youth.
  • CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork ($20 million) will support our pork producers and regional Australia to maintain local production of high quality food at affordable prices, while improving pig welfare.
  • CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment ($29 million) will develop solutions to overcome and prevent contamination of soil, water and air to improve our environment.
  • CRC for Mental Health ($23 million) will develop better diagnostic tools for these disorders and contribute to better

 

Round 12

  • CRC for Advanced Composite Structures ($14 million): will connect Australian small and medium enterprises in manufacturing, materials supply and engineering to international value chains.
  • CRC for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management ($12 million): to increase the availability, productivity and useful life of defence assets (including combat aircraft and ships), and of railways and power and water utilities.
  • CRC for Environmental Biotechnology ($4 million): to commercialise biotechnologies that use natural biological systems to transform waste into useful products and green energy, and rapid microbial monitoring platforms.
  • CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction ($17.5 million): to transform mineral deposit evaluation and extraction, to significantly enlarge Australia’s mineral resource and generate a more sustainable mining industry.
  • CRC for Remote Economic Participation ($32.5 million): to support the Government’s commitment to close the gap on Aboriginal disadvantage and develop economically sustainable communities in remote areas.
  • Wound Management Innovation CRC ($28 million): to improve wound healing and quality of life for people with wounds, and provide cost-effective wound care that lessens burdens on our healthcare system.
  • Vision CRC ($22 million): to deliver revolutionary vision care treatments and products for sufferers of eye problems like myopia and cataracts.

 

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Media Release

A Shorten government would spend an additional $1.2 billion over four years on science and research to restore part of the $3 billion taken out by the Abbott-Turnbull governments, says Kim Carr, the oppositions science spokesman.

The funding, which includes an already announced promise to invest $250 million to reverse cuts to the CSIRO, would also include $76.9 million for a new biosecurity institute to bolster research programs that are about to run out of funding.

While the Turnbull government had promised to spend $1 billion more on innovation, that doesn’t counter the “wrecking ball” put through the nation’s key science programs since 2013, Senator Carr said.

The Labor plan would make biosecurity an urgent priority with the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre due to close at the end of the 2016-17 financial year. The centre with its 27 members is currently ineligible to apply for more funds. The Plant Biosecurity CRC is also due to wind up a year later.

Plant and animal production in Australia is worth more than $53 billion a year with 280,000 people employed. Invasive weeds and animals cost the sector about $5 billion annually, Labor said.

Labor would also aim to invest $180 million over 10 years to deliver two more rounds of CRC funding, including $39 million for the coming four years.

The funds would support six new CRCs each for 10 years, with a restoration of the public-good criteria that has been ditched as part of $107 million stripped from CRCs. Non-commercial applications could include national security and public health agencies, Labor said.

The Industrial Transformation Research Program, introduced by the previous Labor government, would get also funding for at least four additional research hubs, Senator Carr said.

Labor on Sunday announced the CSIRO would be a major beneficiary of extra funds in a bid to restore $115 million stripped in the 2014 Abbott budget.

The opposition wants to pour $50 million more into the agency to help it study how to address the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as $250 million to reverse the cuts of at least 275 CSIRO staff.

Other investments include $60.4 million for a new research vessel for the Australian Institute of Marine Science to be built in an Australian shipyard and $31.7 million to help establish an Australian Tropical Marine and Aquaculture Centre in North Queensland.

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