Grants of up to $3 million to help Australian businesses and research organisations to work together on projects to develop new products, services or processes are now open to applications.
Round six of the Australian government’s Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) grants opened to industry organisations, small and medium-sized businesses, and research organisations including, for the first time, Medical Research Institutes.
CRC-P funded research has resulted in the commercialisation of technologies, products and services that assist Australian and international businesses across industries as diverse as agriculture, clean technology, infrastructure, IT, mining, manufacturing, aerospace and health.
Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja said the CRC-P was an important part of the government’s broader CRC Program to deliver tangible outcomes and commercial benefits as a result of industry-led research collaborations.
“Through CRC-Ps we’re joining Australia’s talented pool of researchers with industry to generate more products, services and jobs to benefit Australians, our businesses and the economy.”
“Innovation and collaboration are high priorities for the coalition government. Encouraging Australian innovation keeps high-level jobs in Australia, and funding opportunities like this will encourage more partnerships between research organisations and industry entities,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.
Projects to have benefited from previous grant rounds include a collaboration between First Graphite, Swinburne University of Technology, Flinders University of South Australia and Kremford (VIC) to provide an alternative to the lithium ion battery in the energy storage device market and a new processing method to create graphene oxide.
Another grant in the 4th round of the CRC-P program went to a collaboration between Dresden Optics, The University of New South Wales, Astor Industries, Consonic, Duromer Products Pty Ltd, Elemental Manufacturing, Jasca Engineering and Brien Holden Vision Institute for stablishing a fully automated manufacturing centre where recycled waste plastics are transformed into high quality and low cost spectacle frames.