Funding totalling $47 million has been announced to support 22 CRC Projects in the 11th round of the program, including to efforts developing electric air transport, plant-based protein and orthotic products.
The projects are more than dollar-matched by participants. Total investment was worth $133 million, said CRC Association CEO Jane O’Dwyer on Friday.
“The CRC Projects are short, highly industry-focused projects that make it possible for many Small to Medium-sized enterprises to partner with each other and research organisations and to pursue ideas that create new products, jobs and build Australian innovation capacity,” she said in a statement.
“It provides a great framework for developing highly productive cooperative partnerships and making the most of the world-leading research know-how that we find in our research institutions.
Grants included $2.7 million to Rux Energy, in a collaboration with AMSL Aero, University of Sydney, University of NSW and ATCO Gas Australia, which will “prove-up breakthrough advanced hydrogen (H2) storage materials” to demonstrate system-wide efficiency gains. A project led by AMSL Aero also received $3 million for “enabl[ing] the optimisation and development of a quiet, efficient and lightweight propulsion system” of Vertiia, its electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft (pictured.)
A group of GrainCorp Oilseeds, CSIRO and V2Food was awarded $1,800,000 for a project on the manufacture of plant-based proteins — which are currently imported — and “develop the investment case for Australia’s only sovereign plant-based protein ingredient production facility at commercial scale.”
An IOrthotics-led group was awarded $2,044,034 for development of “a new generation of smart orthotic devices,” and will test a new workflow to supply patients in remote Australia custom smart orthotics to address diabetes-related foot disease complications.
The full list of grants awarded today were:
You can view details of the projects here.
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