Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) are a significant part of the national innovation system, facilitating medium to long term collaborations between research organisations, government and industry in discrete discipline areas that aim to translate research into practice and products.
Established in 1990, the program has helped address community and industry challenges, commercialised research, delivered significant social and economic benefits and generated skilled graduates with industry experience. Following completion of government funding, some Centres transition to successful independent entities addressing new challenges or opportunities. In late 2014, the Australian Government announced a review of the CRC program.
The NSW Government has supported a range of NSW Cooperative Research Centre bids, most recently through the Research Acceleration & Attraction Program, and NSW Government agencies are themselves participants in a range of centres.
CRCs in NSW have operated in fields of human health, primary industries, mining, manufacturing, environment and services, including capital markets, smart services, asthma, hearing, vision, environmental biotechnology, bushfires, energy pipelines, the poultry industry, mental health and spatial information.
Below is a list of current CRCs with NSW universities, government agencies and medical research institutes as an essential participant (persons or bodies who provide essential support (including essential cash or in-kind contributions) for the activities of the CRC. Source: CRC Program Guidelines
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
A key challenge faced by the Australian pork industry is the need to maintain local production of high quality food for a reasonable price and return on production capital invested, without negatively impacting pig welfare, the environment or the health of the consumer. Through innovative, collaborative, whole value chain research, development and education programs within the CRC, the Australian pork industry will meet this challenge. (source: http://porkcrc.com.au/about-us/ )
One of the major challenges of the Sheep CRC is to continue the technological transformation of the Australian sheep industry through: enhanced sheep wellbeing and productivity; quality based sheepmeat value chains; and faster affordable genetic gain. (source: http://www.sheepcrc.org.au/ )
The Invasive Animals CRC is critical in efforts to combat the threat of invasive animals by developing new technologies and integrated strategies that are more humane, target specific and effective to reduce the impact of invasive animals on Australia's economy, environment, and people. (source: http://www.invasiveanimals.com/ )
NSW-based partners: NSW Department of Primary Industries
The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) was established in recognition of the need to strengthen the plant biosecurity scientific capacity of Australia. Its mission is to develop and deploy scientific knowledge, tools, resources and capacity to safeguard Australia, its plant industries and regional communities from the economic, environmental and social consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases. (source: http://www.pbcrc.com.au/about/overview )
The Poultry CRC's major challenge is to help Australia achieve sustainable, ethical poultry production in the face of population growth and climate change. The Poultry CRC conducts research and drives education and training to help Australia's poultry industries produce more from less, sustainably. (source: http://www.poultrycrc.com.au/about-us/ )
For over 20 years, the CRC for Polymers has been developing advanced polymer materials which have been used in a range of industrial applications, addressing challenges and growing market opportunities for innovative companies. Its partners are drawn from Australian research organisations and universities, together with manufacturing companies, end users and government research organisations. (source: http://www.crcp.com.au/ )
IMCRC integrates technological and business innovation to significantly improve Australia's manufacturing competitiveness, with a high degree of interdependency and interaction between and across all programs and projects. IMCRC's objective is to help accelerate diversification of Australian manufacturing into 'new manufacturing' opportunities and value chains. As a small high cost economy, Australia can no longer be competitive where the basis of competition is scale and unit cost. (source: http://www.imcrc.org/about.html )
NSW-based partners: Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, University of New England, UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service
The $130 million Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre draws together all of Australia and New Zealand's fire and emergency service authorities with the leading experts across a range of scientific fields to explore the causes, consequences and mitigation of natural disasters. (source: http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/about )
The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) brings together the best in innovative research and technology with the objective of making a profound difference to the health and capital market domains. (source: http://www.cmcrc.com/index.php/home/about )
The mission of the Alertness CRC is to promote the prevention and control of sleep loss, impaired alertness and sleep disorders by developing new tools and products that will improve alertness for individuals and across organisations. The Alertness CRC is seeking to establish 'research translation partnerships' with industry collaborators to facilitate the development of research projects customised to each workplace that will deliver tangible safety and productivity improvements. (source: http://www.alertnesscrc.com/ )
NSW-based partners: Children's Cancer Institute Australia
Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) is in the business of finding cures for cancer. It was founded in 2007 and received an initial seven years of funding from the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program. It is a collaborative partnership of leading Research Institutes, Universities and biotechnology companies that translates Australia's innovative research discoveries into new cancer drugs ready for clinical development. (source: https://www.cancercrc.com/about-us )
The CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing, through CTM@CRC Ltd., will facilitate the cost-effective manufacture and rapid translation of cell therapies into clinical practice. With a total of $59M in cash and in-kind resources, including a $20M grant from the Australian Government, the CRC will provide new treatments and develop new materials-based manufacturing technologies for the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, chronic wounds, cardiovascular disease, and immune-mediated diseases such as graft versus host disease. (source: http://www.ctmcrc.com/ )
CRC CARE is an independent organisation that performs research, develops technologies and provides policy guidance for assessing, cleaning up and preventing contamination of soil, water and air. Our innovative research is divided into four complementary programs: best practice policy; better measurement; minimising uncertainty in risk assessment; and cleaning up. (source: http://www.crccare.com/about )
CO2CRC Limited is one of the world's leading collaborative research organisations focused on carbon dioxide capture and geological sequestration (geosequestration, carbon dioxide capture and storage, carbon capture and storage, or CCS). CO2CRC is a joint venture comprising participants from Australian and global industry, universities and other research bodies from Australia and New Zealand, and Australian Commonwealth, State and international government agencies. (source: http://www.co2crc.com.au/about/ )
The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC) is the world's first national, cooperative research effort focused on autism. The Autism CRC is taking a "whole-of-life" approach to autism focusing on diagnosis, education and adult life. (source: http://www.autismcrc.com.au/about-us )
CRC for Low Carbon Living (UNSW)
The CRC for Low Carbon Living brings together property development, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers. This collaborative effort between our partner organisations underpins the development of low carbon technologies, materials, design and planning innovations for now and the future. (source: http://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/ )
The Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) is focused on delivering solutions to the economic challenges that affect remote Australia. Through its research, the CRC provides practical responses to the complex issues that can restrict full economic participation. (source: http://crc-rep.com/about-us )
The CRC for Spatial Information conducts user-driven research in spatial information that address issues of national importance. It also performs commissioned research projects for key clients. (source: http://www.crcsi.com.au/about/ )
NSW-based partners: UNSW Australia
Established with a grant of $25 million in July 2014, the Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) is part of the Cooperative Research Centre's Program where, with funding from the Australian Government, researchers and industry are brought together to be a leading provider of Big Data capability resulting in a safer and more secure nation and a sustainable Big Data workforce for Australia. (source: http://www.d2dcrc.com.au/about/mission-statement/ )
NSW-based partners: University of Wollongong
The Energy Pipelines CRC was established in early 2010 for the purposes of providing research and education to support and benefit the energy pipelines industry in Australia. It is a user led CRC with its industry participants represented by the Australian Pipeline Industry Association Research and Standards Committee (APIA-RSC). (source: http://epcrc.com.au/about )
The HEARing CRC is a multidisciplinary collaboration of five Core Members and 17 Support Members, each of which contributes specific expertise and infrastructure to our research, commericalisation and education programs. The HEARing CRC was awarded a $28 million five‐year extension from July 2014. Four research programs are now being undertaken during the extension period along with a fifth commercialisation program that includes clinical trials and research development. (source: http://www.hearingcrc.org/about )
The Lowitja Institute is Australia's national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Its vision is to achieve equity in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At every stage of its research, Aboriginal organisations, health services, academic institutions and government agencies work together with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to decide priorities, conduct the research and put the findings into practice. (source: http://www.lowitja.org.au/about-us )
NSW-based partners: NSW Department of Planning and the Environment, Metropolitan Water Directorate, Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Blacktown City Council, City of Newcastle, City of Sydney, Fairfield City Council, Gilgandra Shire Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Ku-Ring-Gai Council, Marrickville Council, Warringah Council.
The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities brings together the inter-disciplinary research expertise and thought-leadership to undertake research that will revolutionise water management in Australia and overseas. In collaboration with over 80 research, industry and government partners, we deliver the socio-technical urban water management solutions, education and training programs, and industry engagement required to make towns and cities water sensitive. (source: http://watersensitivecities.org.au/about-the-crc/)
NSW-based partners: Southern Cross University
The Wound Management Innovation CRC has brought together the best of industry, academia and End-User organisations to alleviate the suffering of people with chronic wounds; improve wound prevention; deliver clinical resources of national importance; develop next generation wound management products; address near-term high-impact research questions; educate researchers and healthcare providers; reduce the cost of healthcare to people with wounds; implement evidence-based best practice; build an Internationally-recognised consortium of wound researchers; and create a new generation of wound researchers, educators and trainers. (source: http://www.woundcrc.com/about.html )