$33 million for CRC Projects to tackle diverse industry problems 


Better barramundi breeding, disease resistant bananas, a portable brain scanner for early stroke detection and a process to turn waste plastics into spectacle frames are amongst 15 highly diverse industry-led projects to receive a $33 million investment from the Australian Government. The projects are funded under the fourth round of the CRC Projects (CRC-P) Program, and will leverage an additional $98 million in cash and in-kind contributions from 97 project partners. The Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, said the funding would support short-term industry-led collaborations. “To date, the Australian Government’s CRC-P program has awarded $133 million in 63 high-quality research projects where businesses, industry and research institutions are working together to solve industry-specific issues and develop new products, technologies or services,” Mr Laundy said. “These projects are delivering tangible outcomes for Australia’s industry sectors like energy, mining and resources, manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture and transport.”

Mr Laundy said eight of the 15 projects would be supported by an additional $20 million allocated to the CRC-P Program from the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund for larger scale advanced manufacturing research projects, as announced in the 2017 Budget. “This additional funding for the CRC-P program is part of the Government’s commitment to boosting innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing to continue the transition to a new economy,” Mr Laundy said. “These projects are helping Australian manufacturers evolve to high value manufacturing based on smart means of production and higher value adding products.”

Funded projects include:

  • a portable, non-invasive brain scanner for early stroke detection and monitoring
  • a high performance alternative to the lithium battery for the energy storage market
  • a novel manufacturing system that transforms recycled waste plastics into durable,low-cost spectacle frames and potentially other high performance products
  • a project to improve Australia’s barramundi breeding stock for sustainable,industrial-scale farming, and
  • a next-generation hydrogen energy system that will offer a reliable, cost-effective renewable energy solution for regional and remote communities.

Mr Laundy said the CRC-P program was vital to helping Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate, innovate and succeed. “By facilitating business involvement in collaborative research, the CRC Projects strongly align with the Australian Government’s commitment to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries as a source of new growth and new jobs,” Mr Laundy said.


Projects with Victorian partners were successful in receiving $72,666,453 in funding, including:

Project title Total Grant amount Total Project Value Participants (first organisation is the lead participant)
Enabling Exosome Therapy: Developing an Advanced Manufacturing Process* $2,179,531 $4,397,739 Vivazome Therapeutics Pty Ltd
Seerpharma Pty Ltd
La Trobe University
Project Vaccinate Driving Innovation in Dairy Goat Vaccines $97,280 $283,561 Nuchev Pty Ltd
K.J Coutts & N.J Coutts
The University of Melbourne
Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory Foundation Limited
Australian Dairy Goats Incorporated
Allogeneic Stem Cell Cancer Immunotherapies $2,987,000 $12,627,500 Cartherics Pty Ltd
Mesoblast Limited
Cell Therapies Pty Ltd
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Monash University
High performance energy storage alternative to lithium ion batteries* $1,500,000 $3,447,500 First Graphite Limited
Swinburne University of Technology
Flinders University of South Australia
Kremford (VIC) Pty Ltd
A scalable detection tool for childhood inattention: TALI Detect $1,200,125 $3,909,125 Novita Healthcare Limited
Grey Innovation Australia Pty Ltd
Torus Games Pty. Ltd.
Monash University
WoundVue automated and advanced assessment of chronic wounds $2,513,000 $10,991,277 LBT Innovations Ltd
Planet Innovation Pty Ltd
The University Of Melbourne
Developing the next generation hydrogen energy system* $2,783,109 $8,496,861 Applied Nano Technologies Pty Ltd
Monash University
Minifab (Aust) Pty Ltd
Thoughtworks Australia Pty Ltd
Hargo Engineering Pty. Ltd.
The industrial application of graphene in high-strength polyethylene* $1,800,000 $4,365,500 Qenos Pty Ltd
Deakin University
Graphene Manufacturing Australia Pty Ltd
Smart linings for pipe and infrastructure* $3,000,000 $24,147,390 Water Services Association of Australia Limited
Coliban Region Water Corporation
Hunter Water Corporation
Icon Water Limited
Melbourne Water Corporation
Queensland Urban Utilities
SA Water
South East Water Corporation
Sydney Water Corporation
Northern SEQ Distributor – Retailer Authority
Water Corporation
Monash University
University of Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
3M Australia Pty Ltd
Bisley & Co Pty Ltd
Insituform Pacific Pty. Limited
Kerneos Australia Pty Ltd
Parchem Construction Supplies Pty Ltd
Abergeldie Watertech Pty Ltd.
Interflow Pty Limited
Ventia Pty Limited
Metropolitan Restorations Pty. Limited
ITS Pipetech Pty Limited
Monadelphous Group Limited
Water Research Foundation
Water Environment and Research Foundation
Sanexen Environmental Services

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