Minister Greg Hunt has signalled a potentially very important change to the Cooperative Research Centres Program. He wants to have the ability to call for, or prioritise, national interest themes in future CRC funding rounds – for both Cooperative Research Centres and CRC-Projects. The CRC Association fully supports the Minister’s move.
Priorities for CRC funding rounds are not new. A number of existing CRCs were established as a result of the “priority public good” stream under the previous Labor Government. Ministers have often signalled several priority areas at the commencement of the funding round.
However, sometimes the priorities given were simply too vague to garner a meaningful response – I well remember debates about what “social innovation” meant when it was given as a priority. Calls for CRCs out of sync with the normal competitive funding round have also occasionally caused some confusion.
Through his media release today, Minister Hunt is doing things a bit differently. Firstly, he is seeking the views of the community on what issues should be prioritised.
Secondly, he is clear that any prioritised areas will need to be competitive and assessed on their merits in line with the normal processes.
Thirdly, and very importantly, he has said that the CRC program is open to all sectors and any prioritised areas will be in the national interest.
He has even gone further and named some example areas that many people would perceive as excluded by the current guidelines.
The fast turnaround for consultation will allow for the coming Round 19 of the program to be impacted by the change.
– Tony Peacock
This article on CRC funding was first shared by the CRC Association on 21 December 2016. Read the original article here.
The Australian Government just announced that it will invest $22.6 million in new research funding for 11 CRC-Projects (CRC-Ps), with funding to start from July 2016. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science received ninety-one applications in the first round for CRC-Ps, speaking volumes to the level of interest by business as well as the highly competitive nature of the bid process.
CRC-Ps were developed by the government in response to the Miles Review handed down last year. David Miles recommended that three rounds be held every year. The next CRC-P round is expected to open in August 2016 with outcomes announced in November and funding from January 2017. The schedule for anticipated CRC and CRC-P funding rounds can be found here.
“Improving collaboration between researchers and industry to cultivate a more innovative and entrepreneurial economy is a key pillar of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda,” said the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, The Hon Christopher Pyne.
“We’ve placed industry at the front and centre of the CRC Programme so we can build on our strengths in high quality research to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.”
Successful CRC-P 1st Selection Round Projects can be found here.
The future integrated driver monitoring solution for heavy vehicles
Hydrocarbon fuel technology for hypersonic air breathing vehicles
Printed solar films for value-added building products for Australia
Translational R&D to accelerate sustainable omega-3 production
CRC-P for Innovative Prefabricated Building Systems
An antibody based in vitro diagnostic for metastatic cancer
High performance optical telemetry system for ocean monitoring
Combined carbon capture from flue gas streams and mineral carbonation
Strengthening Australia’s radiopharmaceutical development capabilities
Innovation in Advanced Multi-Storey Housing Manufacture
Future Oysters CRC-P
Outcomes of stage one of the 18th selection round of CRCs are expected in July and applications will open for those invited to Stage Two. Final outcomes are expected to be known by the end of the year.
This article was first published by the CRC Association on 22 June 2016. Read the original article here.