Victoria Leads The Way In Research Centres

Victoria Leads The Way In Research Centres

Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher

Victorian-Based CRCs Acknowledged As Nation’s Best

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today congratulated three Victorian-based Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) on their successful bids for Commonwealth funding.

Automotive Australia 2020 CRC, CRC for Polymers and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities will receive a total of $70.5 Million from the Commonwealth CRC Program.

“All three CRCs prepared a strong bid in this highly competitive process with support from the Victorian Coalition Government.” Ms. Asher said.

“The Victorian CRC Bid Support Program assisted our local CRCs by providing valuable application development support and interview preparation assistance.”

“The Victorian Government committed $61,500 in funding towards the bid costs of these three CRCs, and we are thrilled they have secured millions of dollars worth of funding.”

“All Victorians can expect to benefit from the role these CRCs will play in expanding knowledge, developing innovative products, and expanding services and tools in the automotive, health, energy and water industries.”

“Our state leads the pack in key national research initiatives and collaboration. Today’s announcement enhances Victoria’s reputation as a leading centre for innovation.”

Nearly half of the 10 CRCs shortlisted in November and invited for interview were from Victoria.

Since 2004 Victoria has hosted 18 successful CRC bids, resulting in $525.20 Million of Commonwealth funding.

The successful Victorian CRCs can receive Commonwealth funding support for up to 15 years and are expected to deliver innovative products, services and/or technologies that address national priorities or challenges.

The successful Victorian CRCs are:

· Automotive Australia 2020 CRC, which will receive $26 Million in funding to undertake research programs and build human capital in areas of vehicle electrification, gaseous fuels and production of greener vehicles and components.
· CRC for Polymers, which will receive $14.5 Million in funding and will contribute to establishing Australia as a leading provider and exporter of products that meet emerging global needs in the areas of health therapies, water and food security and low-cost solar
energy.
· CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, which will receive $30 Million in funding and will deliver the planning, technology and decision support tools required to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of urban water systems.