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Industry placed at the heart of CRCs to drive innovation



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THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Leader of the House 21 December 2015

Industry placed at the heart of CRCs to drive innovation.

New Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme guidelines released today will inspire cultural change in industry and research and train the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs.

The guidelines implement recommendations from the recent review of the CRC Programme and will strengthen ties between industry and research organisations to solve real-world industry problems and develop new products and services.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, said new CRCs selected for funding under the revised Guidelines would be industry-led and work closely with the Industry Growth Centres.

“Improving collaboration between researchers and industry to increase commercialisation and investment and cultivate a more innovative and entrepreneurial economy is a key pillar of the National Innovation and Science Agenda,” Mr Pyne said.

“We’ve placed industry at the front and centre of the CRC Programme so we can build on our strengths in high quality research to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.”

Mr Pyne said the programme would be structured in two streams: traditional CRCs supporting medium to long-term industry-led research; and CRC Projects (CRC-Ps) for shorter term activity with a focus on involving SMEs.

“Funding will be prioritised to those CRCs and CRC-Ps that are aligned with the five Industry Growth Centres and the nine Science and Research Priorities,” Mr Pyne said.

“However, the programme will be flexible enough to address emerging priority areas and consider proposals from other industry sectors.”

Mr Pyne said the guidelines would streamline programme administration and evaluation, and emphasise industry expertise, management capabilities and research commercialisation skills within each CRC.

“These reforms will see CRCs take centre stage in Australia’s innovation economy by focusing on solving industry problems, developing and commercialising new products and services, driving emerging technologies and exploiting global supply chains and new markets,” Mr Pyne said.

“In turn this will create jobs, increase revenue and boost productivity across the Australian economy.”

Funding rounds for both CRCs and CRC-Ps will open in February 2016 with further detail available soon.

Mr Pyne’s Media: 0439 764 809, pynemedia@industry.gov.au Department media: media@industry.gov.au