Still no word on current funding round
The Government's "pause" on grant funding is still in place as far as the CRC Association is aware. Short listing of applicants was expected in late August but the Department of Finance is reviewing all "uncommitted" government funding.
The CRC Association has written to the Minister for Innovation indicating that we do not believe the current funding round should be regarded as uncommitted, given businesses and researchers have been working to the government's timetable for many months, or even years. No savings would be achieved in the current financial year by delaying or abandoning this funding round, which is for CRCs commencing 1 July 2013.
We are hoping for a resolution shortly.
Grass growth brings fire danger
The Bushfire CRC has released the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2012-2013, indicating that large areas of southern Australia may experience higher than normal fire activity this fire seaon in grasslands as a result of strong growth after the flooding rains of recent years.
Fast running, high intensity grass fires are a risk in Queensland. Fire authorities in Western Australia, South Australia, NSW and the ACT are also expecting above average fire activity.
Read the press release and view the map
Watch the 7:30 report on the ABC (broadcast 27 September).
Science Industry Endowment Fund
Spanning a history of over 80 years, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) provides grants to science and scientists for the purposes of assisting Australian industry, furthering the interests of the Australian community and contributing to the achievement of Australian national objectives. This unique and esteemed funding arrangement recently received a substantial gift facilitating the rejuvenated Fund to be a mechanism for significant support of science in Australia.
The 2013 SIEF John Stocker Postgraduate Scholarships program is currently open for applications. This program includes funding for up to four (top-up), or 2 full Scholarships, commencing in 2013 over a three year period. The program has the desired outcomes of encouraging return to study, promoting industry collaboration and valuing industry experience. The program encourages potential international collaboration.
Applications close 31 October 2012
For further information about the Scholarships, including application information, please visit the SIEF website.
Drones monitor mallee tree growth
The Future Farm Industries CRC is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to take photos of mallee trees and calculate the biomass of the trees at the CRC's mallee trial site near Narrogin.
The CRC is researching the use of mallee trees for biofuel and bioenergy. High resolution mages obtained using the UAV are used to measure the area of leaves on the trees. Over time, the biomass measurements can determine the effects of treatments such as extra water and nutrients.
See the UAV in action
Read more in the press release
Not just one thing - Art, science and schizophrenia
Join the CRC for Mental Health on 10 and 12 October for free events held at The Dax Centre, part of the Melbourne Brain Centre building, Parkville. "Not just one thing - art, science and schizophrenia" will cover the history of schizophrenia, exploring the illness through art, story-telling, science and personal perspectives.
Facilitated by Lynne Malcolm, from ABC Radio National's "All in the Mind", the events will feature a panel of experts including:
Professor Brian Dean (CRC for Mental Health)
Emma Last (The Dax Centre)
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni (The Alfred Hospital)
The events are free and all are welcome to attend. This Unlocking Australia's potential initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of Inspiring Australia. The events are part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Slides from talks now available
The CRCA has been out and about talking to many groups over the last few months. Prezis of the various presentations are available from the links below:
Early Career Research Advice on industry. Given 21 June 2012 for CQU ECR meeting.
A performance review of CRCs. Given 3 July Melbourne BioBreakfast.
A Social Media Journey - or why I still blog a bit but tweet a lot. Given 3 August 2012 at Invigorating Agriculture Conference.
Science Communications and Policy. Given 20 August ANU Centre for Public Awareness of Science and 6 September 2012 DAFF Graduate Development Program.
Cooperative Research Centres and China. Given 5 September 2012 at Australia-China Research Fund Knowledge Exchange Symposium.
An introduction to Cooperative Research Centres. Given 19 September to the Safety Research and Education Alliance (this or slight variations provided for several potential bidding consortia - use this version).
A uniquely Aussie model for collaboration: Cooperative Research Centres. Given 20 September 2012 to Australasian Research Management Society.
The Contribution of CRCs to Research Training. Given 24 September at the Academy of Science's Early-Mid Career Researcher Forum.
Presentations given at private meetings are available from attendees on request.