Application numbers down but details not known yet
Applications for the 15th Round of Cooperative Research Centres closed last Thursday. At the time of writing, the actual applications lodged are not public, but the CRCA expects numbers to be well down on last year's 26. Keep an eye on the CRC Program website over the next few days (www.crc.gov.au).
We know that a number of bids that were developed to an advanced degree did not reach submission stage. Bidders report that industry cash was exceptionally tight in some sectors. In several cases, CRCA understands that some businesses that had pledged investments early in bid development were not able to come through with the cash or needed to reduce their contributions.
Research participants in CRCs were also very cautious in their approach to the 15th Round, preferring to concentrate on a single, highly strategic bid, in some cases rather than several. To some degree this response is a reaction to the low success rate of bids in the past two rounds.
Bids that did go in will be of very high quality. Several of them have had long gestation periods. From what we understand, there are likely to be more bids in the health sector than any other.
The trend towards longer "gestation" periods and a more strategic approach to bidding has seen the CRCA approached in recent times by a number of businesses or industry sectors looking to bid in future rounds. They are seeking CRCA views on the approach and partnerships they might take in order to be successful. CRCA is always happy to assist in developing networks and we are happy to hear from potential bidders and help them with networking. The CRCA does not offer bid consultancy.
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CRC for Mental Health receives Inspiring Australia grant
“Not just one thing – art, science & schizophrenia” is a new approach to understanding this complex mental illness.
Story-telling events will be held in Melbourne which combine scientific expertise from the CRC for Mental Health with selections from the Dax Centre’s collection of artwork created by people experiencing mental illness.
The events will describe a history of schizophrenia, exploring the illness through art, story-telling, science and personal perspectives.
“Not just one thing – art, science & schizophrenia”, will take place on 10 and 12 October as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
Talks from the CRCA
CEO of the CRCA, Tony Peacock, will speak at a number of events over the next couple of months.
The BioMelbourne Network "Performance Review of the Cooperative Research Centres Program" on 3 July (No prizes for guessing his performance assessment...). Book here.
Invigorating Agriculture will be held in Adelaide on August 2 and 3. Register here.
CRCA is also participating at the Australasian Research Management Society Conference on the Gold Coast, 19 - 21 September. Register here.
The $70,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge hunts for the nation’s best ideas
The search is on again for the nation’s greatest ideas – in fields from environmental science to education – through the $70,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge awards.
The awards are run by The Australian in association with Shell with the support of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. The goal is to help drive game-changing breakthroughs by scientists, engineers, technologists, educators and backyard inventors to commercialisation or adoption.
Clive Mathieson, editor of The Australian, said the newspaper was delighted to renew the search for the nation’s top innovators following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural challenge, which attracted more than 300 entries. Entrants included a team led by Australia’s latest Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt and a team including triple Olympic gold medallist rower Drew Ginn.
“The calibre of entries submitted in 2011 was astounding,” he said. “They came from backyard sheds, university halls and prestigious laboratories across the country. We’re keen to see what ideas we’ll uncover this time round.”
Dr Terry Cutler, CSIRO deputy chairman and leader of the federal government’s 2008 review of the national innovation system, will head the judging panel again this year.
“Australia has a great reputation for innovation,” he said. “Among our famous inventions are the black box flight recorder, ‘spray-on’ skin for burn victims and the bionic ear.”
Country chair of Shell in Australia Ann Pickard said “Shell aims to be the most innovative energy company in the world. We work closely with partners in and outside of our own industry, universities, and other experts to spark new ideas and share expertise. That is why we’re delighted to be sponsoring The Australian Innovation Challenge for a second year in a row, which we hope will unearth new and different ways of tackling the challenges we all face.”
Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet said innovation is about enabling discovery and new ways of delivering high-quality goods and services.
“Innovation is critical to improving productivity, creating opportunities for business, growth and jobs. The Australian Government has a range of programs, including the generous new R&D Tax Incentive, to help businesses invest in innovation,” Minister Combet said.
“My Department is proud to support the Australian Innovation Challenge Awards and to highlight the fantastic efforts of our innovative businesses.”
The awards, which are open to both individuals and teams, have seven professional categories, each carrying a prize of $5000. The overall winner of the professional categories will receive a further $25,000. An eighth category, Backyard Innovation, is open to the general public and has a $10,000 prize.