Three CRCs now funded under
Public Good Priority Stream
The Government has announced $25 million each in funding to extend the Antartic Climate and Ecosystems CRC and the Lowitja Institute (incorporating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC). Each CRC will be extended for five years beyond the end of their terms in mid 2014.
The announcements extend the "public good priority funding stream", which commenced with the announcement of the Natural Hazards and Bushfires CRC by the Prime Minister earlier this year. $47 million was made available to that CRC, contingent on matching funding from participating organisations.
The announcements have had a mixed reaction in the CRC Community. While obviously very exciting for those involved, and, they created some disquiet amongst those bidding in the 16th funding round who attended the CRCA's recent Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 meeting in Melbourne.
"We have consistently urged a whole-of-government approach to CRCs. So this is a good signal that they are listening. The most senior people in Government have made these announcements and I think it is good that Cabinet is seeing the benefit of end-user driven approaches to research and the advantages of the timeframe and scale of a CRC" said CRC Association CEO Tony Peacock.
The 16th funding round closes in the middle of next month.
Standards in research training
The Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel, Emeritus Professor Alan Robson has called for comment on a proposed standard in research training. The Panel would particularly appreciate any feedback you may care to give on the proposed standards themselves or broader related issues from organisations like CRCs with a particular interest in research training.
Comments can be forwarded from here.
CRC CARE and CRC-ACS win 2013 Star Awards
The CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) and the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) have been awarded 2013 CRC Star Awards.
Presented by Head of Division AusIndustry, Chris Butler, during the CRC Association Conference's Excellence in Innovation Awards dinner, the CRC Star Awards recognise excellence in CRC collaboration with small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
CRC CARE has prioritised engagement with SMEs through its work in projects such as site remediation and biomass production. Its latest project engages Australian researchers, scientific expertise and businesses to assist China to develop an anaerobic bio-digester to help manage China's enormous pig waste problem.
CRC-ACS embeds Australian Composites Industry SMEs into global supply chains through collaboration in the aerospace, defence, and oil and gas industries. Working with the CRC, Australian SMEs have won design and advanced structure contracts in the emerging Chinese aerospace market. Since 2011, contracts awarded to Australian SMEs for this work have exceeded $1 million with a further $2 million anticipated over the next two years.
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The innovation race between China and the US
Will the great innovations of the 21st century be Chinese or American? Between the Eagle and the Dragon is an insightful and highly readable book comparing the innovation performance in China and the US. Its author, Thomas Barlow, is an independent thinker with bucket-loads of political insight. His analysis here is refreshingly objective, and raises hugely important questions for anyone involved in R&D in Australia.
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2013 Research Australia Awards - call for nominations
The Research Australia Awards recognises and celebrates achievement and contribution to the landscape of health and medical research. The awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne on 13 November 2013.
Awards are presented for areas such as discovery, advocacy, philanthropy, lifetime achievement, leadership and innovation, in front of an audience representing Research Australia’s member community, supporters, the business community, politicians, and other notable guests.
Final submission date for nominations – Monday 1 July 2013
Also awarded on the same night is the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Award for Research Excellence (ARE). Nominations are now open.
Wound CRC seeks CEO
The Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre, the world's first inter-disciplinary national wound research centre, is generating new products, processes, expert knowledge, education and training programs that will benefit wound healing. Its 20 Participant Organisations have around 60 equivalent full-time researchers, supported by more than $100m of Australian Government funding.
If you are interested in leading this organisation, please contact Jeremy Wurm or call 03 9602 1666, in confidence.
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Applications would be appreciated by Tuesday 11 June 2013.
Autism CRC seeks Business/Finance Manager
Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is seeking an exceptional candidate to take responsibility for the financial operations and company secretarial duties under the direction of the CEO.
For further information on this exciting opportunity with a world’s first cooperative research centre towards Autism, please call Michael O’Connell FCCA, Director at Sapphire Recruitment on 07 3112 5131 or send Michael an email.