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$151.5m for four CRCs to address key industry issues

7 March 2017

A range of Australian industries, from food and transport logistics to farming and honey bees, will benefit from a $151.5 million investment by the government in four new Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), which will deliver practical solutions to problems and produce tangible outcomes.

A new CRC for High Performance Soils will receive nearly $40 million over 10 years to help farmers bridge the gap between soil science and farm management. This will give them the tools and knowledge they need to make decisions on complex soil management issues.

$7 million over five years will be allocated to a new CRC for Honey Bee Products. The CRC will help link unique floral hive sites to product quality control processes, creating a healthy product image for national and international markets.

A new Food Agility CRC will help Australia’s food industry grow its comparative advantage through digital transformation. The CRC will receive $50 million from the government over 10 years.

And the iMove CRC, which will receive $55 million over 10 years, will explore digital and evolving vehicle technologies to help traffic to flow more smoothly. This will result in reduced congestion, fuel use and emissions and improved national productivity and competitiveness.

I’m delighted that the new CRCs selected in this 18th funding round will involve interdisciplinary researchers working with industry to explore new processes, including digital technologies, to deliver improvements in strategic industry sectors.

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme is a competitive, merit based grant programme that supports industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry, researchers and the community.

Since the programme’s inception, the Australian Government has invested more than $4.2 billion in innovation and research that is aimed at finding practical solutions for Australian industry, whether it is new products, processes or services.

For more information on the CRC Programme, visit www.business.gov.au/crc

Details of the new CRCs:

  • CRC for High Performance Soils ($39.5 million over 10 years with $136.8 million cash and in-kind participant contributions) to help farmers bridge the gap between soil science and farm management giving them the tools and knowledge to make decisions on complex soil management issues. These will help them optimise productivity, yield and profitability and ensure long-term sustainability of their farming businesses.
  • CRC for Honey Bee Products ($7 million over five years with $19.2 million cash and in-kind participant contributions) to help link unique floral hive sites to product quality control processes to underpin the healthy product image for national and international markets. Interdisciplinary researchers and the honey industry will create valuable proprietary knowledge and systems and provide training platforms for continuous industry improvement.
  • Food Agility CRC ($50 million over 10 years matched with almost $162 million in cash and in-kind participant contributions) to help Australia’s food industry grow its comparative advantage through digital transformation. It will develop ways of applying the agile culture and processes of the digital economy along the whole value chain for fresh and processed food.
  • iMove CRC ($55 million over 10 years matched with $178.8 million in cash and in-kind participant contributions) to exploit digital and evolving vehicle technologies to enable traffic to flow more smoothly, creating more efficient intermodal connections and offer real time choice to travelers and freight operators. The outcomes are reduced congestion, fuel use and emissions and improved national productivity and competitiveness.

Media contact: Senator Sinodinos' office 02 6277 7070