Cooperative Research Centre Round 23 bids progressing to Stage 2 have been announced, with two explicitly manufacturing-focussed CRCs among them.
Six CRCs were approved for progress by science and technology minister Melissa Price, with the eventual outcome scheduled for May next year (see timetable below.)
The six were:
CRC grants support “medium to long term industry-led collaborations” and run for up to ten years.
The SoMAC CRC, led by UNSW Professor Ganga Prusty, has made a bid for a ten-year program, budgeted at $225 million with $73 million cash from participants, a similar amount in-kind, and the rest from Commonwealth funding. Its prospectus describes an ambition to help triple the employment and GDP contributions the nation’s composites sector over the next 15 years.
The CRC4IM, led by Dr Jason Coonan, currently the chief operating officer of the IMRC, is described as aligned with the federal government’s six current “National Manufacturing Priorities”. Its prospectus mentions the importance of the full scope of the manufacturing value chain (sometimes called the “smiley curve”) encompassing pre- and post-production steps.
Apparently unsuccessful in the round was a planned Regional Advanced Manufacturing CRC.
Round 23 Dates (scheduled)
Picture: Innovative Manufacturing CRC
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