Round 19 closes tomorrow!by Tony Peacock, CEO, CRC Association
About a dozen First Stage CRC applications will be lodged with AusIndustry by the close of business tomorrow. The CRC Association has provided a running tally of the bids on our website
, but we know that isn't the whole story. Of the 10 currently listed, one has deferred until next year and we know of three others that are not listed (there could be more). We don't know how many of those working on bids will decide in the next 24 hours they they are not ready to lodge.
Bid development is both exciting and frustrating. For me, the most exciting part is seeing collaborators come together to create something that is bigger than the sum of the parts. There is absolutely no shortage of talent and ideas and the very best CRCs are able to focus those talents and ideas to become products, services and policies that make a difference. It is much more than just providing cash (as important as that cash is); the governance arrangements are vital as well. CRC Board and management are trying to harness and drive people and resources that they don't control. In some cases, the talents of those involved are in direct proportion to their uncontrollability.
On average, the CEO of a CRC will have direct control over about 25% of the total resources available to the CRC. Of those dollars, perhaps half will be devoted to the costs of running the operation, so the ability to empower and influence end up the most important qualities of the successful CEOs. Control freaks need to look elsewhere for a job, or at least be able to suppress the control urge at critical times. By its nature, research is looking for the new and the temptation can be to always pursue the exciting stuff. But to make a difference, the CRC must pursue that harder slog work (Edison's 99% perspiration) and bring things to completion. While sometimes frustrating in the short-term, it is vital to achieve the really big wins.
Officially, 10% of the weighting for CRC selection are based on the governance and management arrangements. Where this becomes really obvious if there is a deficiency is at the interview for those bids that move through to the second stage. Like the Education program in a bid, the management arrangements are sometimes ignored until the last minute and a very vanilla answer provided. It is worth the effort to think it through and get it right.
[For those lodging bids - the online entry system takes time and you can not assume you can simply cut and paste your documentation into the system in a few minutes. Allow yourself time. AusIndustry tell me that 50% of CRC-P bids are lodged in the last hour. I know of bids that have missed the deadline due to computer troubles. Don't be that bid.]
| Good-bye from CRC-REP (for now) and thanks |
The CRC for Remote Economic Participation, managed by Ninti One Limited, closed its doors on the 30th of June 2017. CRC-REP has been a CRCA member for 14 years and the outgoing MD, Rod Reeve, was on the CRCA Board for the past two years, where he was a champion for ‘public good’ CRCs.
By all measures, CRC-REP has been a success. It stands as the repository of Australia’s most comprehensive resource ‘to address social, economic, health and education disadvantage in remote Australia, and in particular, the impact of economic exclusion of the Indigenous population’ [this was the objective of the CRC REP]. CRC-REP followed the 7-year Desert Knowledge CRC, making 14 years of valuable research. Importantly, the CRC spun-off a successful Indigenous owned and managed company called Ninti Pty Ltd, which is a registered Supply Nation business.
Rod and the entire CRC-REP Board are continuing on with Ninti, along with about 15 core staff in Alice Springs and Adelaide. Ninti continues as a professional services company that undertakes research and management services to build opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Sleep‐smart rosters help keep doctors sharper and safer
An Australian‐first body clock rostering system trial underway at two leading Victorian hospitals aims to improve doctors’ performance and wellbeing and enhance patient safety.
The country’s best sleep researchers have joined forces to create a staff rostering schedule for shift work that best mitigates fatigue, based on the latest sleep and circadian rhythm research.
Austin Health and Monash Health intensive care unit doctors are taking part in the trial which is being led by the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Productivity and Safety (Alertness CRC) as part of an ongoing effort to further improve workplace alertness, safety and health for staff and patients.
Extensive research has shown sleepiness at work can lead to poor concentration, absenteeism, accidents, errors and even fatalities, says Associate Professor Mark Howard, a sleep and respiratory specialist at Austin Health and Institute for Breathing and Sleep.
| New DNA methods for detecting psyllid bacterium |
Plant Biosecurity CRC scientists have developed novel approaches to DNA extraction from tiny sap-sucking insects called psyllids. This ground-breaking research is providing new diagnostics that will provide government and plant industries with faster and more accurate identification of plant pathogenic bacteria vectored by psyllids that can impact on crop production.
National priorities for natural hazards research
A set of priorities for national research into natural hazards in Australia has been launched by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. Presented to the emergency management industry in Adelaide on 4 July, the priorities spell out the most significant natural hazard emergency management issues Australia faces over the next decade. Developed in conjunction with the emergency management sector, the National research priorities for natural hazards emergency management, identify where future investment is needed.
Major issues across all hazards have been identified. They include:
Discover the National research priorities for natural hazards emergency management at www.bnhcrc.com.au/nationalpriorities
- Shared responsibility and community engagement
- Communicating risk and understanding the benefits of mitigation
- Climate change
- Predicting hazards more accurately, leading to better warnings.
Want a smarter, safer office? Change the light bulbs, sleep experts urge
The Sleep Health Foundation has partnered with the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity to call for smarter, safer workplaces during Sleep Awareness Week, starting Monday, July 3.
The nationwide sleep health campaign shines a spotlight on Australia’s worrying rates of sleep disorders, and calls on employers to take action to help their workers both sleep better and feel more alert while at work.
"With our 24‐hour society, more Australians are working shifts or getting less shut‐eye, and suffering serious sleep problems like insomnia as a result,” says foundation Chair and Sleep Psychologist Professor Dorothy Bruck. “Their body clocks get confused and their alertness flags, which has a worrying knock on‐effect for workplace productivity and injury statistics.”
Learning from the past to manage today’s pests
Using a database of historical global plant pest eradications, biosecurity practitioners are learning from the past to respond more effectively to pest incursions today. The Global Eradication and Response Database (GERDA) is a web-based summary of incursion response and eradication programs from around the world.
Optimising manufacture of plastic products, capturing solar energy more effectively and creating advanced batteries
The newly released AA2020 CRC R&D videos showcase many technologies that deliver benefits to the auto industry and beyond. The selection includes videos on prize winning virtual design tools Ingress / Egress Ergonomic Assessment and vMOULD, Plastic Injection Moulding Optimisation.
Watch vids: https://vimeo.com/excellerate
Natural disasters research up in lights
Emergency managers and policy makers from across Australia gathered in Adelaide on 4-5 July to discuss how national research by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is making communities safer. Research Driving Change - Showcase 2017 highlighted the practical research outcomes of the past four years of research, with case studies and utilisation examples from across the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research program presented by partners of the CRC.
CEO of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Dr Richard Thornton, said the attendance of 190 people showed how much science is valued by those who are working to improve the way Australia prepares for and responds to natural hazards emergencies. “We are now seeing outcomes of the national research program being taken up by our partners, and others, across the broader emergency management sector,” Dr Thornton said.
Topics covered included bushfire and severe weather modelling, emergency warnings and risk communication, teamwork in high pressure situations and the economics of mitigation. Watch a video highlighting how the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has made a difference at www.bnhcrc.com.au/showcase2017
CRC communicator recognised
Every day, the communicators in CRCs carry out the challenging task of putting CRC research under the lights for the general media.
In recognition of this effort, the CRC Association partnered with Meltwater - a company that provides media monitoring and media outreach services to a number of CRCs. Meltwater recently presented the Meltwater Media Impact Award at the CRC Association's Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner. Meltwater analysed press coverage received by all CRCs over the past 12 months and picked the winner, The Lowitja Institute, for receiving the most positive media mentions. Christina Lochert, Communications Manager from Lowitja picked up the award and a $1000 cash prize for her effort.
For deeper insights into your CRC's 2016-17 coverage, or to start generating media mentions for 2018, get in touch with Lauren Oakley Browne.
Scientist Knowledge Translation Training - Sydney 28th & 29th August
Confused about research translation and research impact?
This world-renowned two-day training, developed by The Hospital for Sick Children in Canada, is intended for anyone who has an interest in:
- Sharing research knowledge with varied knowledge user audiences beyond the traditional academic community
- Increasing the impact potential of their research
- Applying KT principles for sharing knowledge
The course is appropriate for scientists (basic, clinical, health services, population health) as well as educators, clinicians and KT professionals (e.g., KT Specialist, KT Manager, Knowledge Broker). While the focus is on health, the material is highly relevant to individuals working in other sectors. SKTT is intended to build practical knowledge and skills, and prominent KT
theories and models are also introduced.
For more information check the SKTT website
Early stage innovation companies reporting
Early stage innovation companies (ESICs) are now required to report annually on qualifying investments under the tax incentives for early stage investors, by 31 July.
Are you bidding ?Are you currently preparing, or thinking about preparing, a CRC or a CRC-P bid in the current or a future round? Are you also looking for partners? Then the CRC Association wants to know.
By letting us know about your CRC bid we can help you make the connections and introduce you to the people you should be talking to. The bids will be advertised on the CRC Association website and in the fortnightly newsletter.
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| |News from the Minister
Jul 11, 2017 09:45 am |Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The Australian Government has today entered a ‘big science’ strategic partnership to provide Australian astronomers with long-term access to the world’s best optical telescopes and sustain our place at the forefront of global optical astronomy.
Jul 10, 2017 01:32 pm |Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Data collected by my department from Australian research organisations shows positive growth in researcher-industry collaborations in 2015.
Jul 10, 2017 10:16 am |Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Today IP Australia has released its IP Mediation Referral Service that offers Australian businesses of all sizes, including startups and entrepreneurs a low cost, less complex and more flexible alternative to resolve intellectual property (IP) related disputes. Access is now available to qualified, accredited and specialist mediation providers listed on the IP Mediation Referral Service.
Jul 05, 2017 11:36 am |Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The Government welcomes KordaMentha’s announcement today that GFG Alliance will be the new owner of the Arrium companies, which includes the Whyalla steel works.