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Government pledges $148m for agriculture, automotive and water research

The Federal Government has pledged $148 million in funding for new Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) said to benefit Australia’s industry, including the country’s agricultural, automotive and urban water sectors.

Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr, who announced the successful applicants of this year’s CRC selection round last Tuesday 22 November, said the CRCs are building partnerships between excellent researchers and industry, working collectively for the national benefit.

“These CRCs will research the major challenges facing Australia, as well as our big opportunities. Their collaborations will deliver important economic, environmental and social benefits. This is about improving the living standard of all Australians,” Senator Carr said.

“This selection round has been extremely competitive – 26 applications were received for round 14 – and I congratulate those that have been successful.”

The successful CRCs are:

  • Automotive Australia 2020 CRC will received ($26 million): will undertake research programs and build human capital in areas of vehicle electrification, gaseous fuels and production of greener vehicles and components.
  • CRC for Low Carbon Living ($28 million): will bring together leading researchers and key end-users to develop new tools to reduce carbon emissions and transform the built environment to a low carbon future.
  • CRC for Polymers ($14.5 million): will contribute to establishing Australia as a leading provider and exporter of products that meet emerging global needs in the areas of health therapies, water and food security and low-cost solar energy.
  • CRC for Water Sensitive Cities ($30 million): will deliver the planning, technology and decision support tools required to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of urban water systems.
  • Invasive Animals CRC ($19.7 million): will deliver key technologies to reduce the impacts of new and existing pest animals on Australia’s agricultural competitiveness and biodiversity assets.
  • Plant Biosecurity CRC ($29.7 million): will develop and deploy the knowledge and tools to safeguard Australia from damaging plant pest incursions.

The CRC program is an Australian Government initiative administered by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

The CRC program supports end-user driven research collaborations which address major challenges facing Australian industry. CRCs support solutions that are innovative, of high impact and capable of being effectively deployed by the end-users.

More information on the CRC program, visit

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