Clean manufacturing projects will be in with a chance to garner government assistance next year, through the 15th Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) funding offering.
The CRC program, administered by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, supports end-user-driven research collaborations that address major challenges facing Australia.
CRCs are set-up around Australia to help manufacturers and engineers pursue solutions to these challenges.
Six successful CRCs from the previous 14th round will receive a share of $148 million in funding.
In the 15th round in 2012, the government will be looking for research collaborations that focus on clean manufacturing, social innovation and sustainable regional communities.
“I encourage researchers, industry and community groups from across Australia to join forces to tackle the major challenges facing Australia,” said Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr.
"Clean manufacturing, social innovation and sustainable regional communities represent significant challenges for our nation and are vital to our economic and social prosperity.
"The CRC program nurtures Australians’ innate resourcefulness and innovativeness by building strong collaborations that bridge the divide between our world-class researchers and our industries and community groups, so we can tackle major challenges head on.”
Australian CRCs have already developed a number of innovative solutions, including light-weight materials that are being used in the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’.
“The CRC program is the Australian Government’s premier program supporting innovation in Australian industries and society by supporting research that is targeted to driving productivity,” Senator Carr said.