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

Cash for Early Career Researchers

The Early Career Researcher Showcase, sponsored by CSIRO for over a decade, is always one of the top sessions at CRCA's annual conference.

This year we are revving it up even more, including:

  • More than tripling the prize money available to $10,000;
  • All presentations will be five minutes in length;
  • Initial entries will be taken through a 30-second video on YouTube.

Entrants have to be an early career researcher (that is, two years either side of submitting a PhD or Masters by research thesis) and associated with a CRC Association Member. They don't have to be a "scientist", as they may be researching in areas other than science.

We want to hear about the brilliant research carried out by our early career researchers, as well as hearing it well communicated. So entrants need to be able to show how they contributed, not just talk about the area in general.

Five entrants will be shortlisted to participate in the Early Career Researcher Showcase at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013. They'll get a trip to Melbourne, participation in the Master Entrepreneur training session and ATSE's Extreme Science event and Clunies Ross Awards dinner, as well as $1,000 in prize money. The researcher judged by conference attendees as the best will be presented with an additional $5,000 at our Excellence in Innovation awards.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, CSIRO, is Australia's national research agency and the sponsor of our Early Career Researcher Showcase. CSIRO is committed to creating positive impact and we are  grateful for their long-term support.

If you know an Early Career Researcher that should enter, please direct them to the entry website. All Members of the CRC Association have been provided with a password for entering, but if you need it again, contact Pauline Quinane.



Another Member for the CRCA

Piper Alderman is already a well-known name in the CRC community and now they are an Affliate member of the CRC Association. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and more than 160 lawyers on staff, Piper Alderman can provide a full suite of services and advice. 

Jerry de la Harpe can provide you with information on expertise within Piper Alderman.

CRCA Conference News — Super Earlybird registration rates closing in TWO weeks!

Don’t miss out on saving $150 off the standard registration rate! This offer must strictly end in two weeks. For more information on registering for the CRCA Collaborate Innovate 2013 Conference, please click here.

CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS:The theme Impact through Collaboration will facilitate numerous conversations around the important and challenging internal and global issues we face today. These intensive role-based workshops are intended to allow delegates to meet with their CRC peers to focus on internal CRC Program challenges and to share information and experience across CRCs.

Delegates can register to attend Conference workshops being held on Wednesday 15 May 2013:

  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm Chairs/CEOs Workshop
  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm Business Managers Workshop
  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm Education/Research Program Managers Workshop
  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm Communication Managers Workshop


  • Innovativity Workshop – No extra charge
  • Master Entrepreneur Workshop – $250.00

SOCIAL FUNCTION UPDATE: There are only 15 Wine Tasting Event tickets available register now to save your place.

Register today

Stay tuned for program updates being released soon.

Bushfire CRC researchers on the ground in fire-affected areas of Tasmania

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Canberra bushfires, and since 2003, the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre has guided the fire agencies across Australia and New Zealand in their knowledge, understanding, and application of fire science. Examples include more cost efficient aircraft, better volunteer management, greater community safety, better prescribed fire management, increased house and vehicle safety, more effective smoke management, increased understanding of fire behaviour, new grassland curing tools, better prediction of fire spread and improved management of our critical biodiversity.

The Bushfire CRC has also created national bushfire arson prevention products, improved firefighter health and safety, influenced decision making under stress, improved management of fire in the high country and embedded research into evidence-based policy.

At the request of the Tasmania Fire Service, the Bushfire CRC has begun to assemble an independent research task force to investigate community preparedness. Bushfire CRC researchers from partner Universities – Tasmania, La Trobe, Western Australia, Murdoch and RMIT, will be on the ground in fire-affected areas of Tasmania this week. Researchers will be speaking with residents affected, as well as tourists, about their experiences. The focus will be on knowledge of bushfire risk, bushfire preparation, actions of those affected, and what warnings they received. This research is of national significance. The data gathered will inform not just the residents of Tasmania and the Tasmania Fire Service, but communities and fire agencies across Australia and New Zealand.

The vital research that follows major fires has only been possible through the national collaborative approach taken by the Bushfire CRC since its formation 10 years ago.

Read the Bushfire CRC press release

Research to increase money market confidence

The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) was instrumental in establishing the Financial Markets Research Centre (FMRC) opened recently. The FMRC is an independent centre that will carry out market research to improve understanding and information about Australian equity and futures markets.

The FMRC was opened by the Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans. "The CMCRC is a great example of how the CRC program works across a range of disciplines to produce world-class outcomes and applications for the Australian economy," Senator Evans said.

The FMRC has received seed funding from the ASX and is housed with the CMCRC in Sydney.

Read more

Launch of CRC for Low Carbon Living

The CRC for Low Carbon Living was successfully launched by Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research in December.

Read the news

Climate change and Antarctic food webs

A new dataset that highlights the dependence of algae on Antarctic sea ice will help scientists predict future food security for Southern Ocean herbivores such as krill.

Scientists at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems (ACE) Cooperative Research Centre led an international effort to compile a circum-Antarctic biomass database drawn from 32 international research voyages between 1983 and 2008.

This research comes as climate change predictions made in 1990 have been shown to be largely on track. “Twenty years after the 1990 prediction, we see it’s not perfectly accurate — it’s about a 0.4 degree rise instead of a 0.55 degree rise — but it’s still statistically significantly above zero,” said Stuart Corney, a Climate Systems Modeller at the ACE CRC at the University of Tasmania, in an interview with The Conversation.

Read more about algae and Antarctic sea ice

Read The Conversation article

Bandaging key to wound care

Researchers are making great improvements in treatment of hard-to-heal wounds, a problem that costs the nation up to $3 billion a year.  Stephen Prowse, the head of the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre, believes these types of wounds are becoming a huge problem for the health system.

"We estimate that in Australia there are around 400,000 or so people at any one time with a complex difficult to heal wound," Prowse explained. "That translates into a cost of around $2 billion to $3 billion a year, so we are talking about something like 2 per cent of the national health budget goes on the care and management of these difficult-to-heal wounds."

Wound Management CRC is currently working with the Australian Wound Management Association to collect national data to ensure that it is recognised in a way that acknowledges the magnitude of the problem at hand.

Read the full article

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

Online courses

Part-time Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation and Master of Research Management & Commercialisation

Closing date:
Semester 1 2013 - 18 January 2013

Cost: (Domestic) $1932

e-Grad School, QUT

Presentation skills training

Presenting Science workshop with Econnect Communication

Special rate for CRCA members: $5265+GST


Getting your app to market

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