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Grants available to foster industry-led research and collaboration

3 August 2018

Grants of up to $3 million to help Australian businesses and research organisations to work together on projects to develop new products, services or processes are now open to applications.

Round 6 of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) grants opened to industry organisations, small and medium-sized businesses, and research organisations including, for the first time, Medical Research Institutes.

CRC-P funded research has resulted in the commercialisation of technologies, products and services that assist Australian and international businesses across industries as diverse as agriculture, clean technology, infrastructure, IT, mining, manufacturing, aerospace and health.

Projects to have benefited from previous grant rounds include a collaboration between Oventus Medical, Medical Monitoring Solutions Pty, CSIRO, Western Sydney University and Neuroscience Research Australia to help sufferers of sleep apnoea.

More than 1.5 million Australians suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and its associated effects which include high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeat and diabetes.

The project will improve the sleep apnoea therapy that is available by using tailored treatments to suit the needs of the individual patient.

Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja said the CRC-P was an important part of the Government’s broader CRC Program to deliver tangible outcomes and commercial benefits as a result of industry-led research collaborations.

“Through CRC-Ps we’re joining Australia’s talented pool of researchers with industry to generate more products, services and jobs to benefit Australians, our businesses and the economy.”

“Innovation and collaboration are high priorities for the Coalition Government. Encouraging Australian innovation keeps high-level jobs in Australia, and funding opportunities like this will encourage more partnerships between research organisations and industry entities,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

Information on how to apply for round 6 and details of previous recipients are available at www.business.gov.au/crc-p

Media contact: Assistant Minister Seselja's office 02 6277 3187