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Cooperative Research News
30 January 2013
CRCs are involved in research across many industries in Australia

Abbott promises to maintain medical research funding

In a joint press release, The Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition and The Hon. Peter Dutton MHR, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing declared that an elected Coalition government will protect funding of Australia’s medical research from Budget cuts despite tough Budget conditions and the Coalition’s commitment to returning the Budget to surplus.

The Coalition recognises that funding for medical research is the best long-term investment a government can make in the health of the Australian people.

They said that consistent long-term funding of medical research lifts national productivity, improves quality of life and life expectancy and takes pressure off the hospital system. Security of funding will also ensure Australia does not hollow out its capabilities in this field.

CEO of the CRCA, Tony Peacock, has welcomed the news.


CRCs have considerable impact on innovation

According to the Excellence in Innovation for Australia trial report, seven CRCs were involved in the best EIA Case studies, receiving an outstanding or very considerable impact rating. The report summarises twenty of the best EIA case studies. The CRCs involved were:

  • CRC for Tropical Savannas Management
  • CRC for Advanced Automotive Technology
  • Bushfire CRC
  • Vision CRC
  • CRC for Spatial Information which provided support for the establishment of Scanalyse

Read the report

16th CRC selection round information sessions

Information sessions on the CRC program and the 16th selection round will be held around Australia in February 2013. Innovative manufacturing, social innovation and sustainable regional communities have been announced as priority areas for the 16th CRC selection round.

Information sessions will explain the application requirements (including how to use the CRC impact tool) and the assessment process. Sessions will also provide a general overview about the CRC program and include information about other state or territory government assistance that may be available. In addition to each session, the department will be available to meet individually with potential applicants or interested parties to provide more direct feedback. These meetings (held the same day in the afternoon) are limited and bookings are essential.

Dates of the information sessions in your capital.

CRCA Conference News

Stepping away from the traditional talking-head conference sessions, Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 welcomes a new interactive, experiential and at times, controversial program style that will have delegates sitting on the edge of their seats.

The traditional linear speaker format is being largely substituted with 'lounge style' interactive sessions this year. All delegates will have the opportunity to participate in discussion around the session topics, so come ready to participate, not just listen.

Some of the topics up for discussion are:

  • Shaping our Future Wellbeing – Placing community health under the microscope
  • The Future of Universities in Creating Research Impact – How they can be financially viable in 10 years
  • Collaborating for Impact in Australian Industry – Looking to increase the competitiveness of Australian Industry globally

More program announcements will be released soon!  Register today.

Early Career Researcher Showcase 2013 at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013
A trip to Melbourne, registration for Collaborate | Innovate | 2013, participation in the Master Entrepreneur training session and ATSE's Extreme Science event and Clunies Ross Awards dinner, and up to $5,000 in prize money could be yours! Go to the entry website. The Early Career Researcher Showcase 2013 is sponsored by CSIRO.

Australia Day Awards

Dr Guy Fitzhardinge has been appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for significant service to conservation and the sustainable management of threatened species, and to the agricultural industry. Dr Fitzhardinge was the chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies.

Adjunct Professor David Hood has been appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to environmental engineering as an educator and researcher, through contributions to professional organisations, and to public awareness of sustainability. Professor Hood is Engineers Australia’s immediate past National President and Co-leader of the Sustainability and Organisational Performance Program with the Cooperative Research Centre for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM).

Breeding sheep without horns faster using DNA technology

Effective use of DNA technology can reduce the chance of breeding horned Merino rams by 80% in just one year and completely remove the horn gene from the flock in just seven years, according to new data from the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC).

The modelling revealed that DNA testing just the rams used in a breeding program will quickly reduce the number of horned sheep and eventually lead to the removal of the horn gene from a flock in approximately 20 years. The gene can be removed even faster if producers choose the more expensive option of testing both rams and ewes.

Read the full press release

Real time rock data while drilling

A pioneering mineral exploration technology, which delivers real time information on rock formations while drilling a hole, is the latest world first for the South Australian-based Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC).

Known as the ‘autonomous shuttle’, the small sensor and data logger is pumped to the bottom of a drillhole where it protrudes beyond the diamond drill bit. The shuttle then measures the properties of the rocks surrounding the hole as the drill rods and bit are gradually retrieved.

“With a suite of sensors, the shuttle could replace much drill core, saving time and analytical costs and permitting drilling techniques that are only half the cost of conventional diamond drilling, at a time when Australian mining is feeling the pinch of high costs and declining commodity prices,” DET CRC Chief Executive Professor Richard Hillis said.

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Working calmly with poultry

Dr Lauren Edwards undertook her PhD, The human–animal relationship in the caged laying hen, with support from the first round Australian Poultry CRC (2003–2009). Lauren’s research results suggest that the human–animal relationship is very important for the welfare of laying hens.

For industry, the outcomes of this research are simple and easy to adapt into everyday practice. By keeping the amount of noise that they make to a minimum, and by working closely to the birds in a calm and non-threatening manner, stockpeople will be able to reduce the level of fear that their flock experiences. A calmer flock is more pleasant to work with, and may be beneficial for productivity.

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collaborate innovate 2013

May 15-17 2013
The CRCA's Annual Conference

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Super Earlybird Registration until February 1

Sponsorship enquiries can be directed to Justin Holsinger at EventCorp

Why you should be a Member of the CRC Association

Members of the CRCA have access to communications that can cut the cost of your operations.

Recent discussions include best use of Social Media, management costs and governance issues.

Members of the CRCA gain insights and support in seeking partners and funds.

All seven shortlisted CRC proposals in the current funding round have received referrals through CRCA.

An analysis of Round 16 potential bids is already available to CRCA members.

A benchmarking study outlining all CRC salaries is available to members.

Members of the CRCA receive advocacy, promotion and introductions.

Meetings with Ministers Combet, Plibersek, Butler, Carr and others were organised for Members during 2012.

In the past year, the CRC Association had provided Associate Membership and Affiliate membership at 25% and 50% of the full membership rate respectively. Our Associates and Affiliates are reporting significant benefits arising from their Membership.

Enquire today about joining us in 2013.

Get involved

Consortia are developing for CRC bids in the next (2013) round. CRCA is happy to help you connect with other potential bidders. Let us know about your interest and we can pass it on to others in the areas of:

  • Asian markets
  • Diabetes
  • Cybersecurity
  • Industrial Safety
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Online Education
  • Soils
  • Murray–Darling
  • Farm Safety
  • Big Data
  • Several manufacturing approaches
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Complex Project and Program Management

as well as potential re-bidding CRCs and a range of early stage bids. Participation in a CRC is not limited to any specific group or region. You must have an Australian small-medium enterprise and an Australian University involved.


17-19 February 2013

AIRG 2013 Summer Conference
Early bird special until
31 December 2012

7-10 April 2013

National Rural Health Conference

6-10 August 2013

Prostate Cancer World Congress

Associate Members

Essential Energy

Alertness, Safety and Productivity CRC bid

Safeguarding Biodiversity CRC bid

Affiliate Members

The Recruitment Alternative

Capital Hill Consulting

FAL Lawyers

Hynes Lawyers

Piper Alderman

Queensland University of Technology


University of South Australia


Members of the Cooperative Research Centres Association

CRC for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Health
CRC for Advanced
Automotive Technology
CRC for Advanced
Composite Structures
Advanced Manufacturing CRC Australian Seafood CRC CRC for Asthma and Airways
Antarctic Climate &
Ecosystems (ACE) CRC
CRC for Beef Genetic
CRC for Biomarker
Bushfire CRC Cancer Therapeutics CRC Capital Markets CRC
Environmental Biotechnology
CRC Pty Ltd
CRC for Biomedical
Imaging Development
Deep Exploration
Technologies CRC
Cotton Catchment
Communities CRC
CRC for Contamination
Assessment and Remediation
of the Environment (CARE)
CRC for Infrastructure
and Engineering Asset
Management (CIEAM)
Dairy Futures CRC DMTC Ltd Energy Pipelines CRC
eWater CRC CRC for Forestry Future Farm Industries CRC
The HEARing CRC CRC for Mental Health Invasive Animals CRC
Biosecurity CRC
CRC for Optimising
Resource Extraction
Parker CRC for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions
Oral Health CRC CRC for Polymers High Integrity Pork CRC
Poultry CRC CRC for Rail Innovation CRC for Spatial Information
CRC for Sheep
Industry Innovation
Wound Management
Innovation CRC
CRC for Remote
Economic Participation
Vision CRC CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Smart Services CRC
Young and Well CRC CRC for Low Carbon Living  
Cooperative Research News is published fortnightly by the Cooperative Research Centres Association and distributed free of charge. The CRC Association welcomes contributions but does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material published, or in any linked site. The material in this Newsletter may include the views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect the views of the CRC Association, or indicate its commitment to a particular course of action. Editorial responsibility is accepted by Professor Tony Peacock, Chief Executive, Cooperative Research Centres Association. Inquiries about publication should be directed here.

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