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Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 registrations open


Collaborate | Innovate | 2018  is now open for registration with a brilliant mix of interactive workshops with great facilitators, plenary talks from leading thinkers and practitioners, the DSTG-sponsored Business-Research Match-up and a great social program. Register quickly to join the business, academic and management participants in Australia's premier innovation conference to be held 14-16 May at the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney.
Speakers include Professor Mary O'Kane AC delivering the Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society. Mark Cully, the Chief Economist of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science always provides food for thought and our panel of technology commercialisers will have a fascinating discussion with MC Geraldine Doogue AO. The University of Tasmania-sponsored speaking program is not to be missed.
The DSTG-sponsored Business-Research Match-up has been a huge success since its introduction two years ago in Brisbane with successful grants, projects and business coming out of it. Registrants can request meetings with businesses of interest or with research organisations that could offer technology solutions. This year, several venture capital groups will also join in. The 20-minute meetings are a chance to determine opportunities to collaborate futher. It's a highly efficient way of exploring high potential leads in one day. And it is completely free for businesses to participate.
The range of workshops available will ensure there is something of interest to anyone involved in planning, managing or carrying out R&D. For example, Dr Richard Huysmans from Raven Consulting will facilitate a workshop on building better careers for postgraduates and Dr Karen Barry will lead a session on improving the wellbeing of postgraduates. Numerous workshops will cover aspects of communicating for impact, including how to get your work into The Conversation and how to evaluate communication programs. Tax and program management experts will present other workshops, all designed to ensure you pick up practical knowledge and have your questions answered.
Early bird registration closes 13 April, so don't delay and register today.

Round 19 near completion, Round 20 bids developing

Dr Tony Peacock FTSE
The 19th selection round of Cooperative Research Centres is nearing completion, with an announcement on the successful CRCs expected in the next fortnight. Six bids were interviewed by the CRC Advisory Committee over 7 & 8 February, with two, three or four set to be funded. CRCA understands that the final number is likely to be at the upper end of expectations (seven CRCs finish 30 June this year).
Feedback from the interviews was positive, with all applicants reporting that they felt they had received a good hearing. Interviews now only last one hour, but everyone seems satisfied it is enough time to distinguish between bids. CRCA conducted mock interviews for all of this year's candidates and the quality of bids was extremely high. Differentiating factors included:
  • The level of industry support for the bid, as evidenced by the amount of money industry is putting in and by the way industry "embraces" the bid. There tends to be a bit of distinction when industry people are aware of, and enthusiastic about, the bid as a whole, compared with just the direct projects they might be involved in. This tends to give a feel for whether the CRC will be more than the sum of its parts.
  • Management and governance arrangements. Few, if any bids, plan for a ramping up period. So if they are named in March, they have to get a series of very complex agreements in place as well as staffing and be up and running in less than four months. CRCs manage through influencing rather than direct control, so the Advisory Committee needs to have confidence that a bidder can turn into a highly effective company - quickly.
  • Quality of the research and its pathway to impact. The shorter interview process means that the Advisory Committee does not spend as much time as in the past examining the quality of the research and the expertise of the researchers. But it would be a mistake to assume the committee is not paying attention to quality. Bids generally cover off on quality of the research in the written material and perhaps their presentation. Several of this year's applicants report they were asked to provide evidence of the scientific quality of their team.
The 20th selection round is not yet officially open, and may not be for several months. It looks like a large number of applications are likely to be submitted, judging from those in active development already. Fourteen bids are already listed on the CRC Association's website and CRCA is aware of likely further bids in Bioprospecting, Anti-Microbial Resistance and an additional mining industry bid. It would be expected that shortlisted Round 19 bids that do not get funding would seriously consider a Round 20 bid, so we could easily see 20 bids in the next round. There is a degree of self selection as industry decides whether the direction or timing is right, and of course there may be new bids developed between now and the closing date for the funding round. 
There are a few developments worth noting about CRC bid development these days. Firstly, the Industry Growth Centres are playing a very important role in bids. The role they play varies significantly from initiating bids where they see knowledge gaps in their decade plans to helping bids to identify participants to full participation in the CRC as a member. For new bidders, this development means you should talk to the Growth Centres early and often. 
Secondly, research organisations are keener than ever to participate in CRCs and are putting forward significant cash, in-kind and top personnel to gain a place. The government changes to the university block grant system is no doubt a significant factor, but all research organisations are seeking to be part of high impact R&D. CRCA advocated for years for the block grant changes and they seem to be having the desired impact. Bidders should be careful not to allow research organisation cash and in-kind to replace industry contributions. In a competitive environment, the industry contribution is going to remain a major factor in whether a bid is shortlisted and subsequently funded. Most of this year's applicants received feedback at shortlisting that greater industry contributions would improve their bids and all responded positively. For Round 20 bidders, the pressure will be on to secure those contributions before the shortlisting stage.

Exciting new product to enhance sleep

Developed with doctors and researchers from the Alertness CRC, SmartSleepTM is a wearable sleep technology clinically proven to help improve the quality of sleep for consumers who are getting less than seven hours of sleep per night.
This breakthrough technology can improve the quality of sleep, increase energy levels, and reduce daytime sleepiness. It is focused on enhancing what is referred to as slow wave sleep, the third stage of non-REM sleep or deep sleep when heartbeat and breathing slow to their lowest levels and muscles relax.

“Slow waves help with the body’s mental rejuvenation and memory consolidation process during deep sleep. The strength of these waves determines the quality of sleep”, explains Alertness CRC CEO, Anthony Williams. “For many people, these waves start strong, but can weaken by the end of the phase. Philips SmartSleepTM enhances slow waves using tones at a specific and customised timing, volume, and frequency, making them stronger and keeping them strong throughout the whole deep sleep phase.”
Throughput angst - IES identifies where and when it will occur and what to do about it!

24 January 2018: Bottlenecks, constraints, call them what you like. Every operation has to deal with the shifting nature of processing pain points as the orebody is progressively mined. Heterogeneity of ore can sometimes be blended to produce a consistent feed to a plant but more often than not operators need to deal with the variability in the feed’s metallurgical properties. So it’s important to know how big an issue the variability in the mine plan is for the processing production plan and in a recent Integrated Extraction Simulator (IES) project, that’s exactly what was investigated.

Are you a business with research needs? 

Collaboration is one of the most understated drivers of innovation, providing businesses who collaborate with a distinct advantage over the competition. Businesses collaborating with the research sector gain access to the latest knowledge, technology and information and are more likely to bring new products and services to market.

The CRC Association invites all Australian business to attend the Business-Research Match-up, the leading event on business-research collaboration, at Collaborate | Innovate 2018 from 14-16 May in Sydney.
Express your interest

Collaboration for Industry Impact – Deep Dive Workshop

A workshop presented by the Cooperative Research Centres Association and Collabforge

Brisbane, QUT - Open workshop   
Day 1: 11 April - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Day 2: 12 April - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in collaborating to create impact. Business managers and researchers who wish to improve their collaboration skills and seek Commonwealth funding for future collaborations.
Administrators who have the responsibility for helping coordinate, develop, approve and or administer collaborative arrangements such as CRC and CRC-P bids (eg from the commercialisation, research or scholarships arenas).
The mix of practical tips, information, exercises and theory are of benefit to both established leaders in business and research as well as to those in their early careers.
What will you get out of it?
  • Improved capability in developing and progressing bids for Commonwealth funding for business-academic collaboration
  • Understanding the role of 'impact thinking' in successful bids
  • Common language, frameworks and methods for collaboration
  • Methods for stakeholder and partner analysis, tips for involving industry participants in the best way at the right time, and for developing and testing bid ideas
  • Generally improved collaboration capability through applied collaboration experiences with those in the room
You will work on a practical example of your choice and should make substantial progress on your own idea or application (but it is not necessary to come to the workshop with a specific bid in mind).

World-class advanced manufacturing training drives Industry 4.0 innovation

Adelaide is now home to one of the few Future Factories in the Southern Hemisphere with the opening of the state-of-the-art Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation (TMI) Hub today.

The centrepiece of new TMI Hub is the modular Future Factory. Made in Germany by technology giant Festo, it showcases the latest automation, sensor, monitoring, robotic and cobotic technologies and provides the opportunity for world-class education and training in advanced manufacturing within a research environment.

This includes the Bionic Handling Assistant – a cobotic gripper arm modelled on the structure and function of an elephant’s trunk.

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Pork CRC student workshop

The 2017 Pork CRC/APL one day student workshop was held in Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt on Collins. A big day for the students and, as Pork CRC CEO Dr Roger Campbell said, “Our students and graduates have really come into their own and are showing employers why they need them to boost their businesses. It has been truly inspirational to witness their progress and satisfying to know that we have been a major provider of opportunities for this talented pool of young people.”

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub Director Appointed

CRC ORE is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Sabina Shugg AM to the role of Director of the newly created Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub. CRC ORE is very pleased to have someone of Sabina’s calibre to lead the development of the Hub.  She has a solid technical background, a strong industry network and a passion to see the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region build on its already strong reputation for innovation in Mining. Sabina will be relocating to Kalgoorlie to commence the Hub Director role in early April 2018. More

Are you bidding ?

Are you currently preparing, or thinking about preparing, a CRC or a CRC-P bid in the current or a future round? Are you also looking for partners? Then the CRC Association wants to know.

By letting us know about your CRC bid we can help you make the connections and introduce you to the people you should be talking to. The bids will be advertised on the CRC Association website and in the fortnightly newsletter.

Recently added was the Regional Health Solutions CRC. 
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CRC Benchmarking Study
Conducted every two years, the study benchmarks CRC operational data. The study is the perfect tool when setting up a CRC. 

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Meltwater and the CRCA have recently partnered to ensure all of its members can access to media intelligence services. Find out more here

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Members gain access to discounts on flights through Campus Travel, the Association's preferred full-service travel provider. 
CRC Association Services

CRC Workshop – Basic
The CRC Association will deliver an overview of the CRC Program and its achievements and outcomes at your institution. CRC Association members receive one complimentary workshop each year. Non-members will be required to cover the cost of flights, accommodation and a speaking fee.

CRC Workshop – Deep Dive
In this workshop, the CRC Association will work with the company Collabforge and delve into collaborative theory. It’s a great way to begin building a pipeline of CRC-P and CRC applications. CRC Association members receive a discounted rate. 

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CRC – Clinic
Are you preparing to bid for a CRC or are you just about to submit? The CRC Association will hold a clinic where we will review your bid with you and give feedback. CRC Clinic is available to CRC Association members free of charge (subject to availability). Clinics can cover up to half a dozen CRC-Ps in a session and can be combined with other workshops. Non-members will cover the cost of flights, accommodation and a consultancy fee. 
The CRC Association can tailor workshops to your needs and source additional speakers from the Industry Growth Centres or participants to maximise the benefit for your staff.


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