Industry minister, Senator Kim Carr, has released the new guidelines for the Australian Government’s re-invigorated CRC Program and launched the 11th CRC selection round.
“The revitalisation of the CRC program was an election commitment, which I am very pleased to say we have delivered after a comprehensive review of the program, conducted by Professor Mary O’Kane.
“The re-instatement of public good as an assessment criterion and the inclusion of the humanities, arts and social sciences will broaden the base of the program.
“The new program responds to the recommendations of the O’Kane review and takes account of stakeholder feedback,” Carr said.
“The revised objectives mean that CRCs will deliver significant economic, environmental and social benefits.
“The CRC Program is a cornerstone of Australia’s national innovation system. In 2008, the Australian Government will provide more than $182 million to CRCs.
“I am expecting a strong field in this selection round. There are over 20 existing CRCs whose agreements finish in June 2010, and many of these have said they will reapply.
“I also expect that good applications from 2006, deemed uncompetitive at that time because of their focus on public good, will be resubmitted.
“Applications close on 20 March 2009, and I expect to announce the results of the selection process by the middle of next year.
“Information sessions will be conducted nationally and I urge participants to obtain a copy of the guidelines from the CRC Program website (www.crc.gov.au/Information/default.aspx) and to attend the information sessions,” Carr said.