Successful CRC Projects Round 9

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
A sensor network for integrated Space Traffic Management for Australia Clearbox Systems Pty Limited*
University of New South Wales
Capricorn Space Pty Ltd
Space Traffic Management (STM) is currently the domain of the US military however civilian organisations around the world are investigating new STM solutions and related technologies including Space Domain Awareness (SDA) in response to a projected 20-fold increase in satellites in orbit in the 5 years to 2025; an increase that surpasses current STM systems' capabilities. Clearbox Systems will lead the development of a novel SDA sensor and commence implementation of an integrated STM system that will securely store, analyse and distribute collected data for satellite location, identification, tracking and collision avoidance. The sensor and collected data will be made available for sale to satellite operators and governments globally. 1/10/2020 - 31/3/2023 $3,000,000 $13,507,924
Digital Interferometry Optical Gyroscope for autonomous navigation Advanced Navigation Pty Ltd
The Australian National University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Airsight Australia Pty Ltd
Advanced Navigation will collaborate with research partners ANU and RMIT and commercial partner, Corridor Insights to develop the world's leading high performance gyroscope. Accurate positioning is a critical function in industries such as Space, Transport and Infrastructure, current solutions have poor price/performance, the novel approach using low cost fibre and integrated optical waveguides will deliver a solution that is a 85% cost reduction over current systems and will enable new customer applications that has previously not been possible. 1/7/2020 - 30/6/2023 $2,793,414 $8,673,998
High output, low cost automated Embedded Rail Track (ERT) Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd
The University of Wollongong
University of Technology Sydney
Antoun Civil Engineering (Aust.) Pty Ltd
Embedded Rail Technology Limited
The demand to increase safety and utilisation of heavy-haul and high-speed rail infrastructure in Australia has led to the development of an ERT system which avoids derailment and increases utilisation capacity up by 30%. Installation costs are currently double and installation time is seven times that of ballast track. Led by Downer and in partnership with the UOW, UTS, Antoun Civil and Embedded Rail Technology, this project will investigate automation technologies to dramatically reduce the cost of ERT installation and be competitive with traditional ballasted track. ERT technology will transform how rail is constructed and will significantly contribute to the multi-billion dollar mining and transportation sectors. 1/7/2020 - 30/6/2022 $1,500,000 $4,077,750
Novel autonomous robotic weed control to maximise agricultural productivity Agent Oriented Software Pty Ltd
The University of New England
Department of Industry
Queensland University of Technology
Monaro Farming Systems CMC Incorporated
Autonomous Operational Software Pty Ltd
David Miron
Treasury Wine Estates Vintners Limited
Development of an autonomous mobile robot, “Kelpie”, to identify individual weeds and selectively spray or remove them. Five Kelpie systems will be trialled on Monaro farms and Treasury Wine Estates vineyards - autonomously navigating pasture or vineyard to economically control weeds where it is currently not possible. Kelpie will record the position and size of the weeds, to produce a Weeds Map for planning and audit purposes, and a Feed Quality Map with the current farm stock carrying capacity. The weeds data collected during the project will be analysed and made publicly available as a research resource as a Reference Weeds Library. 13/7/2020 - 25/4/2023 $2,850,000 $8,678,267
Enhanced Influenza Vaccine Production: New vaccine manufacture substrates Synbiova Pty Ltd
Biointelect Pty Ltd
Specialised Breeders Australia Pty Ltd
Valo Biomedia gmbh
Influenza (flu) is a global health issue, causing severe illness and deaths each year. Flu vaccines, key to flu prevention, are produced in eggs, a process that suffers considerable production hurdles, using almost 1.6 billion fertilised chicken eggs per year and producing tonnes of flu infected waste. To solve this major industry problem, we have developed new vaccine production substrates (eggs and cell lines) that can produce significantly higher quantities of flu vaccine, alleviating the production hurdles of this vital medical product. This project will take our highly developed prototypes and deliver a translated, commercially viable products for international sale. Our eggs and cell lines will save time, money and lives. 1/7/2020 - 30/6/2023 $2,399,226 $10,833,759
Manufacturing consortium for cancer radioimmunotherapy Glytherix ltd
Auspep Pty Ltd
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
University of Technology Sydney
GE Healthcare Australia Pty Limited
Macquarie University
GlyTherix is an Australian SME developing antibody treatments for cancer. Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) uses antibodies to selectively deliver radiation to kill cancer cells, while limiting damage to healthy cells. Despite its tremendous potential, widespread adoption of RIT has been limited by the complex manufacturing process and short shelf life of the radioisotope. This project brings together Australian SMEs, Universities and Government research organisations CSIRO and ANSTO to pioneer manufacturing of “shake-and-bake” kits that allow on-site, on-demand production of RITs in hospital radiopharmacies. Miltuximab antibody will be used as a testbed for the entire production process and testing safety and efficacy in a Phase 1 clinical trial. 1/7/2020 - 30/6/2023 $3,000,000 $10,652,883
Making cell & gene therapy affordable with a Microbioreactor Genesys Electronics Design Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
CSL Limited
This project will develop an automated microscale bioreactor to manufacture genetically modified cells for use in human cell and gene therapy. Existing large-footprint machines require skilled staff and complicated multi-step procedures, resulting in prohibitively expensive treatment costs, limiting accessibility, e.g. a cure for some cancers with CAR-T cells is possible but available to few, costing up to US$0.5 million. UNSW has developed microfluidic technology for miniaturising and simplifying cell manufacture which reduces cost. Genesys will commercialise this technology and has partnered with CSL, a global leader in biotechnology, to deliver Microbioreactors for its planned treatment centres targeting a range of diseases. 31/7/2020 - 30/6/2023 $3,000,000 $9,068,783
Creating high-value canola protein for the global plant protein market Riverina Oils & Bio Energy Pty Ltd
Graincorp Oils Holdings Pty Ltd
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (VIC)
The global plant-based protein market is rapidly growing, driven by rising demand for a protein-rich diet, a growing health and wellness trend and an increasing consumer focus on meat alternatives. Canola protein more closely matches the dietary requirements of humans than any other vegetable or legume protein. We will develop canola varieties that address constraints currently faced for extracting high-value protein for human foods from canola meal. By unlocking the true potential of Non GMO canola protein, it will allow Australia to tap into the rapidly growing global plant protein market to realise a 6-fold increase in the current value of canola meal. This will benefit all in the supply chain from farmers to innovative food processors. 1/7/2020 - 30/6/2023 $3,000,000 $7,539,652
Mitigating taint in wine due to vineyard exposure to bushfire smoke Cassegrain Wines Pty Limited
Ligar Limited Partnership
The Australian Wine Research Institute
The University of Adelaide
VA Filtration (SA) Pty Ltd
De Beaurepaire Wines Pty Limited
Department of Primary Industries and Regions (South Australia)
Vineyard exposure to bushfire smoke can taint grapes, and therefore wine, due to unpalatable smoky, ashy characters, leading to revenue losses in the hundreds of $millions. The 2019/20 bushfires have affected prominent wine regions in the ACT, NSW, SA and Victoria, and without scientifically proven treatments for ‘smoke taint’, the issue remains an ongoing threat to the long-term economic viability of the Australian wine industry. This CRC-P will evaluate promising strategies for mitigating smoke taint, including novel winemaking additives and treatment processes that remove smoke compounds from wine, thereby reducing the sensory perception of smoke taint. Outcomes from this research will provide economic and social benefits to industry. 1/7/2020 - 30/6/2023 $950,000 $2,387,017
Transforming Hazardous Solar Panel Waste into Value Added Materials OJAS Infrastructure Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Universal Vortex Industries Pty Ltd
Cement Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
Ouroborus Pty Ltd
With the increasing electricity prices, Australian households and business have continued to embrace PV solar panels. In 2018, six PV panels were installed per minute on average. The increase of popularity is likely to result in end-of-life issues in terms of disposal of waste, with a total of 1.5 M tonnes of waste modules estimated by 2050 in Australia.  The project will drive the deployment of a new plant in Victoria to upcycle end-of-life PV panels into raw materials for cement-based construction materials through an innovative advanced process. A process will be developed to fully recover glass from PV panels. The CRC-P will provide essential support to the applicant and partners to commercialise recycled glass from PV solar panels. 1/7/2020 -1/6/2023 $3,000,000 $8,552,621

Successful CRC Projects Round 8

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Recycling plastic waste for manufacturing prefabricated building components ** Metecno Pty Ltd
Pipemakers Australia Pty Ltd
M Modular Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
The building and construction sector in Australia consumes around 700,000 tonnes of plastics each year (20% of Australia's plastic consumption); less than 12% is recycled and more than 40% is disposed of in landfill. Although plastic is a reliable material for the construction industry, the fluctuating price of raw materials and quality issues with recycled materials may hamper market growth in the future. This urgent problem can be addressed by developing new advanced recycling and automated manufacturing processes to utilise a high tonnage of recycled plastic waste in lightweight prefabricated building products (LPBP). This will expedite the recycling of plastic waste to reduce the costs of LPBPs whilst controlling their quality 10/2/2020 - 6/2/2023 $2,700,000 $8,763,000
Optimising Chemical Recycling of Waste Plastics Via Fluidised Bed Cracking ** Integrated Green Energy Solutions Ltd
University of Sydney
Mike Ritchie and Associates Pty Ltd
Roundhill Engineering Pty Ltd
Waste plastic is a growing problem in Australia and elsewhere in the world. Many plastics are uneconomic to process using conventional physical recycling technology. IGES has developed technology that converts waste contaminated plastic to the feedstock for remanufacturing plastic. This project aims to extend the IGES technology to become the next generation of processing technology that specifically targets the generation of naphtha from mixed and contaminated, post-consumer waste plastic as an optimised feedstock for the virgin plastics manufacturing industry. Successful deployment of this technology will place Australian expertise at the centre of the global industry that manages waste plastic. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $1,983,427 $5,484,386
Upcycling solutions for hazardous claddings and co-mingled waste ** Sebastian Property Services Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
University of Melbourne
EDOS Global Pty Ltd
Smits, Benjamin
Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia
Pearl Global Management Pty Ltd
L.U. Simon Builders Proprietary Limited
The rectification work of hazardous claddings is adding over 750k tons of plastic waste to 2.5M tons of co-mingled waste produced each year in Australia. This project will drive the development of a new plant in Victoria to upcycle these resources into higher value end-products such as recycled shoes and prefabricated building elements. The process is further developed based on innovative and proven methods to fully recover plastics waste. At the end of their life-span, shoes and prefabricated building elements can be recycled and boost the complete circular economy of co-mingled waste. This project will provide essential support to Sebastian Property Services and partners to commercialise recycled plastic products from hazardous claddings. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $2,950,000 $8,844,800
Increased recycling of plastics by sensing and treating label contamination ** Pegras Asia Pacific Pty Ltd
Visypet Pty Ltd
LM Group (Aust.) Pty Ltd
University of Sydney
University of NSW
University of Technology Sydney
The University of Wollongong
NSW Smart Sensing Network
This project focuses on increased re-use of HDPE plastic. Recycling companies today have problems in recycling HDPE because labels contaminate the mix. HDPE is a high quality material in demand for re-use but under 20% of used HDPE is now recycled. Increasing re-use represents tens of millions of dollars to industry. A partnership of technology, recycling and manufacturing companies will work with university experts in sensors, polymers, systems engineering and environmental policy to overcome this problem. CRC-P support will be used to identify a novel way to sense and treat residual contaminants on chips of HDPE in the recycling process. This will be unique worldwide and designed for industrial use for a broad range of plastics. 1/5/2020 - 30/4/2021 $650,000 $1,500,843
Aus. Std. Diesel from mixed plastics: Maximising recovery from waste ** Northern Oil Refineries Pty Ltd
Synbio Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Central Queensland University
Fuel security and solid waste management are carbon management issues, representing different sides of the same coin. NOR, collaborating with CQ University and RMIT, is implementing the production of Australian Standard (Aus. Std.) Diesel from landfill waste. Aus. Std. Diesel is one of the highest quality diesels internationally, its production is a multi-step process including crude generation and refinement. This project grows NOR's current refinery designs (diesel from single source waste) to allow processing of oil from mixed waste, thereby expanding the diesel production in Australia by 20GL p.a., meeting 70% of Australia's demand (and injecting $20B p.a. into the economy), while lowering waste management costs by $53B per annum. 6/1/2020 - 23/12/2022 $1,857,562 $4,086,118
Plastic Resource Recovery for Remote and Indigenous Communities ** The Pacific Collective Pty Limited
Environmental Data Acquisition Services Pty Ltd
Southern Cross University
South Pole Australian Pty Ltd
Plastic waste overly affects remote and vulnerable communities, where plastics are buried, burnt or dumped, often ending in waterways and oceans. Lacking waste services, pollution builds up and impacts all aspects of society. However, current recycling models completely fail remote communities due to a lack of fit-for-purpose recycling equipment and high freight costs required. Therefore, PC is developing a mobile plastic recycling container facility to process onsite 100% of single use plastics into valuable products. Our facility will connect remote communities to a global ethically-recycled plastic marketplace to facilitate a real plastic circular economy. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $2,496,887 $4,996,393
Recycled plastic ROBOVOID construction solution. ** Robovoid Pty Ltd
Ancon Building Products Pty Ltd
Westkon Precast Pty Ltd
Universal Robots (Singapore) Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
The Trustee for GT Recycling Unit Trust
The Trustee for Gangula Family Trust
Goborg Pty Ltd
Swinburne University of Technology
Amiga Engineering Pty Ltd
BG&E Pty Limited
Matter Up Pty Ltd
Advanced Science and Engineering Pty Ltd
ROBOVOID is a revolutionary recycled plastic construction solution to enable the recycling of up to 6 million tonnes of plastic per year around the world. The solution involves clever modular recycled plastic parts that displace concrete that is not necessary to achieve the performance requirements of structures. The engineered voids result in weight savings of up to 75% and widespread adoption will result in a global CO2 emission reduction of up to 3%. CRC-P support will enable the project team to conduct the necessary testing and development to achieve a reliable and economical solution that can be exported to the global market. 1/1/2020 - 30/6/2022 $2,361,232 $5,713,231
Counter Current Separation (CCS) Bio-Polymer Plastics Recycling Project ** Separtis Pty Ltd
Polpure Pty Limited
University of Sydney
Prysm Industries Pty Ltd
The Project will scale-up patented bio-polymer technology to enable the recycling of comingled and contaminated waste plastics, without the need to sort the waste stream. The process overcomes the problem of how to achieve a circular economy in waste plastics, by using a series of organic polymers in its process to separate atomic bonds in the plastic so it can be reconstituted to the desired formulation, without any loss in strength or other properties. The process converts contaminants into inert non-toxic molecules. The process will maximise opportunities for waste plastic to be recycled into valuable new products throughout the domestic and international supply chain, without the need to retrofit existing manufacturing equipment. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $1,177,438 $3,196,927
Green microfactories for recycling waste plastics into engineered products ** WOSUP Australia Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Spark Furniture Pty Ltd
Single use plastics are a significant national problem, currently stockpiled at Australian landfills and waste management sites. The project plans to turn this enormous challenge into an opportunity to create high quality engineered product for manufacturers via distributed microfactories. The project develops an advanced, semi-automated manufacturing technology by which waste plastics are efficiently transformed into high value products at smaller scales than previously feasible, enabling recycling microfactories to be implemented locally. The process is modular, scalable and closed loop with zero waste. The product will be used to manufacture unique street furniture and linked to manufacturers nationwide. 1/3/2020 - 28/2/2023 $3,000,000 $9,322,024
LieNA® – The Process Solution for Fine Spodumene *** Lithium Australia NL
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Murdoch University
Pioneer Resources Limited
Ammtec Unit Trust
Curtin University
Carnac - Project Delivery Services Pty Ltd
LieNA® is a novel refining option for the critical mineral spodumene to produce Li battery chemicals from materials that may otherwise be discharged as waste. Unlike conventional Chinese thermal converters, LieNA® is not feed constrained and suited to lower grade fine feed. To meet Chinese converter specifications, W.A. spodumene producers sacrifice recovery for grade, achieving Li recoveries of 50-75%. This leads to poor resource utilisation and loss of valuable spodumene to waste. Potentially ~A$713M/a of recoverable spodumene is reporting to waste and LieNA® has been developed to target this business opportunity. This application moves LieNA® towards commercialisation by progressing the TRL level from 3 to 4 via pilot plant operation. 2/1/2020 - 21/1/2022 $1,255,504 $3,587,155
Novel processing of pyrite ore to produce battery grade cobalt and sulfur *** Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited
University of NSW
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Anergy Australia Pty Ltd
The Project will assess and optimise Cobalt Blue's (COB) innovative metallurgical process for efficiently treating previously uneconomic pyrite-cobalt ore to produce battery precursor cobalt sulfate and elemental sulfur. A demonstration plant will operate continuously on up to 1000t of concentrate over 12 months to simulate full scale production. Operational parameters, material properties, process controls and mass/energy fluxes will be measured, modelled and optimised, and product analysis will be undertaken on the calcine and sulfur to ensure product specifications are met. If proven, it is expected the new metallurgical process will enable a doubling of Australia's cobalt production from previously uneconomic pyritic feedstocks. 1/1/2020 - 30/6/2022 $2,400,000 $11,057,683
Advanced Nano-engineered Battery for Fast Charging Catenary-free Trams *** VSPC
The University of Queensland
Soluna Australia Pty Ltd
Traditional trams with overhead power lines have high costs for expansion and maintenance. As a result, expansion of tram networks is time-consuming and costly, and the urban landscape is “polluted” with un-sightly infrastructure. Advanced nano-engineered batteries with fast-charging capabilities will enable a new generation of battery-powered catenary-free trams. These vehicles will remove the need for overhead power lines and associated electrical infrastructure which opens the way for greater flexibility, with reduced cost and maintenance requirements. Newly developed nanomaterials will enable these batteries to be recharged fast during waiting time at platforms without degrading the battery performance and lifetime. 1/7/2020 - 30/6/2023 $1,641,000 $4,896,000
Production of 99.95% pure vanadium pentoxide and vanadium electrolytes *** Australian Vanadium Limited
Ammtec Unit Trust
Amec Foster Wheeler Australia Pty Ltd
Curtin University
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
90% of the world's vanadium production is produced from Vanadium titaniferous magnetite (VTM). However, the current VTM production route is not suitable for the production of high purity vanadium for battery applications, is relatively costly, and does not extract value from the other critical mineral by-products and iron in the deposit. This CRC-P will focus on recovering vanadium (as V2O5) to 99.95% purity for vanadium redox battery applications, as well as developing economical processes to enable the recovery of additional by-products from VTM ore, from what would in standard VTM processes be rejected as waste. These by-products will include the critical minerals titanium and chromium, as well as iron, sulphate salts and ammonium. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $1,250,000 $4,968,660
Value-added cobalt refining technologies powering advanced batteries *** Pure Battery Technologies Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
Intdesign Pty Ltd
Cronimet Holding GmbH
This project will develop a process to refine cobalt concentrate produced at Pure Battery Technologies' (PBT) refinery. This process is aimed at generating products such as cobalt salts and value added mixed-metal lithium ion battery precursors. The research will add value to PBT's patented mineral processing technology, and improved methods developed in this project will optimise battery performance and integrate recycled battery feedstock. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2021 $2,220,996 $7,023,607
A novel process for producing battery grade nickel and cobalt sulphates *** Queensland Pacific Metals Pty Ltd
Direct Nickel Projects Pty Limited
This solution will pioneer a combined process developed to address critical industry shortfalls in processing capabilities for widely available nickel laterite. This project encompasses DNi technology to develop a novel flowsheet and run pilot plant trials for converting mixed (nickel/cobalt)-hydroxide product (MHP), to nickel and cobalt sulphate product. The proposed process will result in the production of battery-grade materials from low-grade nickel laterite. This process includes a technological solution adapted to recover primary nickel and cobalt and other co-products, while recycling the nitric acid leach solution used, this results in a significantly more environmentally friendly method than traditional High-Pressure Acid Leaching. 2/1/2020 - 30/9/2021 $2,550,000 $9,355,275
Future-proofing the salmon farming industry in the face of climate warming Ridley Agriproducts Pty Ltd
Deakin University
The University of Queensland
Salmon farming is Australia's most valuable food aquaculture industry, worth >$750 million in 2018 and predicted to grow to >$1billion. Tasmanian waters are the world's warmest for salmon farming with summer temperatures now routinely exceeding 19°C, pushing these cold-water fish to their thermal tolerance limit. This impacts feed intake and nutrient use with knock-on effects in growth, health and welfare that cost >$150 million p.a., and threaten growth. This project employs nutritional physiology to increase the resilience of salmon at high temperature. Field deployment of an innovative new platform for multi-pathogen quantification will measure the impact of dietary intervention at scale during summer, guiding future management. 1/4/2020 - 31/3/2023 $3,000,000 $9,923,429
Next-generation Test and Measurement devices for photonics sensing Liquid Instruments Pty Ltd
Australian National University
EOS Space Systems Pty Limited
This project will commercialise advanced test and measurement technology to enable high-performance optics and photonics sensing for industrial, education and defence applications. It will enhance the competitiveness of Liquid Instruments and EOS Space Systems in global markets. Optical technologies are transforming a range of industries. Today, Australia's ground water is monitored by a satellite laser system. Soon, high-power laser systems will defend airports against drones, autonomous cars will use laser ranging systems, and laser communications will provide a deep-space internet and globally accessible, secure military communications. These sensing technologies will unlock access to $100B global markets for Australian companies. 20/1/2020 - 19/1/2023 $2,850,000 $7,781,880
Vertiia: Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Passenger Aircraft AMSL Aero Pty Ltd
University of Sydney
Mission Systems Pty Ltd
Careflight Limited
This project enables the acceleration and optimisation of Vertiia, a passenger carrying and aeromedical electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, to be the most efficient and longest range eVTOL aircraft globally. Once optimised Vertiia will provide the lowest cost aeromedical and passenger transport solution available. The low operating cost and high speed will reduce rural road trips, facilitate greater connection in regional Australia, reduce transport fatalities and reduce the cost of maintaining and building new transport infrastructure. Vertiia's use of Hydrogen, will put us at the forefront of development globally and provide air transport that is resistant to global oil price fluctuations and interruptions. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2021 $3,000,000 $11,027,757
AI diagnostic tool to improve optometry accuracy at the point-of-care Big Picture Medical Pty Ltd
The University of Adelaide
Menicon Australia Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Brien Holden Vision Institute
Misdiagnosis is common in optometry and leads to poor patient outcomes and unproductivity for limited specialist services resulting in millions of dollars of annual avoidable costs for the Australian health system. Artificial intelligence (AI) has been identified as a solution to improve diagnosis and referral decisions but optometrists lack tools that use AI to support thorough and accurate analysis of all patient data. This CRC-P will incorporate unique IP from UNSW, the Centre for Eye Health and the Australian Institute for Machine Learning into Big Picture Medical’s primary point-of-care optometry platform to provide optometrists with AI capabilities that analyse multiple patient eye scans and medical history data with specialist-level accuracy. 1/1/2020 - 30/12/2022 $2,982,766 $12,086,227
Zero-Spin Silicon via Laser Isotope Separation for Quantum Computer Chips Silex Systems Limited
Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd
University of NSW
A current major limitation to the development of silicon Quantum Computing (QC) is ensuring supply of essential materials, such as isotopically enriched silicon, where current world commercial supply is constrained, costly and volatile. The Zero-Spin Silicon (ZS-Si) project will develop a novel process using laser technology to create isotopically enriched silicon products to supply the emerging Australian and international QC ecosystem. It will establish Australia as a world-leader in isotopic silicon production, creating jobs in advanced manufacturing with a new value-added export market for Australia. ZS-Si will support quantum technologies, specifically included under the government's ‘Cybersecurity’ Science and Research Priorities. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $3,000,000 $8,045,515
On-Farm Detection Platform; Mastitis-Causing Pathogens in Dairy Cattle Xing Group Holdings Pty Ltd
Intellidesign Pty Ltd
Karu Pty Ltd
Toowoomba Premium Milk Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
Mastitis is the most prevalent and costly disease in the dairy industry worldwide. The project will deliver a world leading on-farm cartridge and reader that utilises novel DNA extraction, amplification and detection methodology for the diagnosis of mastitis-causing pathogens in dairy cattle milk. Cartridges will deliver multiple results from a single assay and deliver results in real time to the farmer's veterinarian to allow an informed and rapid treatment response; increasing farm profit, milk quality and reducing drug use. The project will be the exemplar for development of a suite of cartridges utilising the same reader to similarly identify and manage other farm animal and plant diseases. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $2,400,000 $10,842,392
DeepIoT – A New Hybrid Wireless IoT Platform for Underground Mines Roobuck Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Techenomics Australia Pty Ltd
Redwood Technology Pty Ltd
Cognitec Systems Pty Ltd
Newcrest Mining Limited
Henan Energy & Chemical Industry Group Xinjiang Investment & Holding
Wireless technologies are coming to underground mines. But these technologies are mostly deployed separately, so are poor in performance, cost and efficiency. DeepIoT will develop a World 1st Hybrid Wireless IoT Network integrating 4 major wireless technologies into a single platform, leading to major improvements and more applications. Comprehensive applications, 12 wireless devices (in 3 priorities), 3 independent system products and corresponding software will be developed and commercialised mainly in underground mines globally with potential in other industries. DeepIoT platform and designed applications not only boost the productivity and safety of mines but also open the door toward the future digital mine and complete automation. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $2,000,000 $5,310,000
Solar Skin: Next generation perovskite solar polymer membrane Flame Security International Pty Ltd
University of NSW
QIC Limited
Buildcorp Group Pty Limited
University of Sydney
Avery Dennison RBIS Pty Ltd
Charter Hall Holdings PTY Limited
Goodman Property Services (Aust) Pty Limited
Macquarie University
Extensive problems solved: Compared to silicon technologies, Solar Skin is affordable, efficient, non-flammable, easy to manufacture in Australia using Australian minerals, highly efficient and can generate power from both direct and indirect sunlight from vertical and horizontal surfaces. Extraordinary markets: Potentially, it can be affixed to almost any external surface potentially turning every CBD and local government area into sustainable and green power stations. According to ANU and UNSW researchers, an area the size of the ACT in regional Australia could supply the entire planet's electricity needs. CRC-P support can fast track commercialisation of Solar Skin and re-capture Australia's global leadership in solar technology. 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 $3,000,000 $11,885,000
Manufacturing Lightweight Rocket Fuel Tanks to Make Space Affordable Gilmour Space Technologies Pty Ltd
The Trustee for the Teakle Composites Trust
University of Southern Queensland
Gilmour Space Technologies will collaborate with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Teakle Composites, to develop composite rocket fuel tanks for low cost space transport. The project will demonstrate the critical technologies in manufacturing linerless, filament wound composite tanks for liquid oxygen. The consortium will manufacture cryogenic linerless composite fuel tanks up to two meters in diameter and trial them in rocket flights. The project outcomes will achieve up to 30% weight savings and 25% cost savings for Gilmour commercial rocket launch services. 3/2/2020 - 31/1/2023 $3,000,000 $11,954,217

** Supported through funding allocated to CRC Projects with a specific focus on reducing plastic waste or boosting plastic recycling.

*** Supported through funding allocated to CRC Projects with a specific focus on critical minerals.

Successful CRC Projects Round 7

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Dentistry without mercury – Glass fibre reinforced flowable dental composite restorative materials SDI Limited, Bestech Australia Pty Ltd, Dentalk Pty Ltd, University of New South Wales, The University of Wollongong, University of Sydney Mercury-based dental restoration amalgams are being phased out worldwide due to mercury toxicity. The dental amalgam industry's business has been adversely affected. Now, for the first time, our Australian research has demonstrated new glass fibre-reinforced composite dental restoration materials whose mechanical properties nearly match those of amalgam. The project will transfer this new material platform, together with tools for its manufacture and testing, to Australian industry. 1/07/2019 - 30/06/2022 $3,000,000 $8,297,400
Privacy-Preserving Analytics for the Education Technology Industry Intersective Pty Ltd, Navitas Limited, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, University of South Australia, Edugrowth Limited, Cybermerc Pty Ltd, Education service providers are increasingly exposed to new data privacy legislation, such as the EU’s GDPR, which attracts non-compliance fines of up to AU$30m or 4% of global revenue. This project develops a privacy-preserving data analytics platform, allowing providers to collate and analyse student data while measurably reducing their privacy risk exposure. This will allow educators to use their data more fully to improve their service offering and be more competitive in the global market. 15/08/2019 - 14/08/2022 $1,955,171 $7,446,977
Growing the medicinal cannabis industry - precision farming to pharmaceuticals Cann Group Limited, NSW Department of Industry, Aglive Group Limited, Southern Cross University, The University of Newcastle Australia is competitively placed to deliver uniquely differentiated Medicinal Cannabis (MC) products into global markets worth an estimated $40B by 2024. This CRC-P will provide industry with step change solutions to its key problems: production costs, product consistency and supply chain traceability. By developing products, processes and services in cultivation, analysis, quality assurance and chain of custody, industry will be enabled to produce safe, uniform and traceable MC products. 1/07/2019 - 30/06/2022 $2,904,001 $9,636,332
Transforming Pressure Injury diagnosis and healing in Aged Care through smart 3D camera automation Wound Innovations Limited, Paul Hartmann Pty Limited, Flinders University Transforming Pressure Injury diagnosis and healing in Aged Care through smart 3D camera automation is a project between Wound Innovations, Paul HARTMANN Australia and Flinders University. This project will collect 3D diagnostic data on pressure injury in a unified best practice environment. Results will enable clinical decision making, empower nurses in residential aged care, and inform new standards. Project duration is 18 months with $1.50M funding and total value of $5.25M. 1/07/2019 - 31/12/2020 $1,500,000 $5,249,002
Volgren Design & Manufacture of the Next Generation E-Bus for the Global Market ** Volgren Australia Pty Limited, Deakin University, Carrosserie HESS AG, Extrusion Profiles Australia Pty Ltd Volgren are recognised as the leading Bus body manufacturer in Australia and have designed and manufactured more than 9000 buses since commencing in 1977. In 1979 Volgren and Swiss company HESS formed a strategic alliance which gave Volgren access to world leading technology. This project will enable Volgren in collaboration with Deakin University and other industry participants to design and manufacture the Next Generation E-Bus for the global market. The first complete re-design in 30 years. 1/07/2019 - 30/06/2022 $2,900,000 $6,243,684
Live Inbound Milk Supply Chain Monitoring and Logistics for Productivity and Competitiveness Bega Cheese Limited, Swinburne University of Technology, Telstra Corporation Limited, M.T Warren & Y Warren, The Trustee for Oakdale Dairies Unit Trust, P J & E L Osborn This project will develop an Internet of Things (IoT)-based System that allows live monitoring of an inbound milk supply chain consisting of 100 dairy farms, milk carriers, and a milk processor. The data collected by the IoT sensors will drive dynamic milk pick up (re)scheduling as the milk quantity and quality varies, track adherence to pick up processes and enable highly accurate milk supply forecasting. These collectively enhance the chain’s productivity and competitiveness. 1/08/2019 - 31/07/2021 $600,000 $2,050,000
The CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries ** Calix Limited, Deakin University, Boron Molecular Pty Limited The demand for high performance energy storage and electric vehicles (EVs) has led to a global search for safe, low cost, fast response, high capacity batteries. The CRC-P will introduce an Australian technology to manufacture “honeycomb” materials for energy storage applications from priority Australian mineral resources. Prototype hybrid batteries for affordable, fast response energy storage will be developed establishing a platform for a sustainable Australian manufacturing industry. 2/10/2019 - 26/09/2022 $3,000,000 $9,385,000
Trial of Battery-grade manganese production pilot-plant, capable of utilising low-grade ores ** Element 25 Limited, Lycopodium Minerals Pty Ltd, Murdoch University, ALS Metallurgy Pty Ltd Pilot Scale assessment of a new, low-grade manganese ores leaching and purification process to produce high-purity Electrolytic Manganese Metal (EMM) and Manganese Sulphate Monohydrate (HPMSM), used in Li-ion batteries. It will reduce environmental impacts, allow for utilisation of uneconomical, low-grade ore deposits, and improve economic viability for down-stream, onshore processing of critical minerals 1/07/2019 - 1/12/2020 $1,342,223 $3,941,933
Optimising Nitrogen Recovery from Livestock Waste for Multiple Production and Environmental Benefits Australian Fresh Milk Holdings Pty Ltd, The Trustee for The Ming Family Trust, Meat & Livestock Australia Limited, Dairy Australia Limited, University of Melbourne Intensive dairy, beef and poultry industries share the common practice of housing animals through all or part of their productive life. This leads to a concentration of animal waste, high nitrogen loss, detrimental environmental impacts, and health risks. The project will implement cost-effective commercial management of waste for long-term sustainable intensification of the industries, while increasing agriculture productivity, protecting natural resources, and producing high value fertilisers. 1/07/2019 - 30/06/2022 $2,819,189 $7,144,825
Dehydrating Coal Seam Gas using Membranes The Trustee for E M & H Peihopa Family Trust, Arrow Energy Pty Ltd, The University of Queensland Raw coal seam gas is saturated with water which can plug or even freeze some of the gas lines during the winter months, leading to a well site shutdown and manual intervention. Productivity declines and more personnel travel to visit well heads – both of which increase costs and safety risks. This project aims to improve the productivity of coal seam gas wells by partially dehydrating the gas as it is produced at the well site using specially developed carbon membranes. 1/07/2019 - 30/06/2021 $478,788 $1,219,880
Next-generation antibiotics to fight antimicrobial resistance Wintermute Biomedical Australia Pty Ltd, La Trobe University, Avance Clinical Pty Ltd Without drastic action, antimicrobial resistance is projected to kill 10 million people by 2050. To address this, Wintermute Biomedical has developed a next-generation antibiotic – GS-1. GS-1 has activity against all classes of drug-resistant bacteria, has no known side effects, and exhibits a unique resistance profile. Wintermute and its Australian partners will conduct further characterisation and testing of GS-1, bringing it to a point of readiness for clinical trials in Australia. 1/07/2019 - 30/06/2021 $730,797 $1,678,703
Using AI and a hybrid ESS solution to fully integrate solar generation into the distribution system*** Providence Investment Management Pty Ltd, Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited, Risen Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd, University of New South Wales, Tongyu Heavy Industy Co. Ltd, Diamond Genest Pty Ltd, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Sungrow Australia Group Pty Ltd, H2store Pty Ltd, University of Technology Sydney By 2020, Australia’s solar capacity is expected to double. But, to be a predictable source of energy for the grid, solar power needs to be dispatchable—able to adjust output according to demand. This project will create solar farms with advanced energy storage—a hybrid of lithium batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, with DC loss detection technology. Combined with Artificial Intelligence to predict generation and demand, the project will deliver cost-effective and world-class energy efficiency. 1/09/2019 - 31/08/2022 $3,000,000 $28,946,500
Innovative Value Adding of Manganese Battery Minerals for a Sustainable Future ** Pilbara Metals Group Pty Ltd, Energy Renaissance Pty Ltd, Valdrew Nominees Pty Ltd, Curtin University, FLSmidth Pty Ltd Pilbara Metals Group have developed a global leading, innovative process. This takes manganese ore that is uneconomical for steel manufacturing and converts it into a low cost, high value, ultra-high purity manganese sulphate which is a critical mineral in the new battery evolution. This world class technology provides a sustainable solution to the rapidly emerging battery markets. 1/07/2019 - 31/12/2021 $1,130,000 $3,352,748
Quantum Data Protection - qMini QuintessenceLabs Pty Ltd, University of New South Wales, Australian Semiconductor Technology Company Pty Ltd, Cisco Systems Australia Pty Limited, Westpac Banking Corporation, Cadence Design Systems (Ireland) Limited The project addresses the problem of how to integrate fast Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) technology into small Internet-of-Things electronic devices and digital access points on a low cost and ubiquitous basis. To this end it will design and manufacture a micro-chip scale QRNG device suitable for initial integration into a commercial device and generate first sales. It will create globally superior high-speed encryption technology which can withstand cyber-attack by quantum computers. 1/07/2019 - 30/06/2022 $2,945,179 $7,589,536
Rapid, in-field molecular diagnostics of plant, animal and environmental pathogens and pests Geneworks Pty Ltd, SI Systems Pty Ltd, Bio2Lab Pty Ltd, La Trobe University, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research To design, validate and commercially manufacture field-deployable, long shelf-life molecular test kits for the rapid detection of animal, plant and environmental pathogens and pests. Using a mobile instrument, novel and robust DNA amplification chemistry and a simple methodology that non-scientists can employ, diagnostics will be taken from the lab to the field. This rapid testing will improve Australia’s biosecurity, expedite international trade, agricultural productivity and consumer health 1/07/2019 - 30/06/2022 $1,380,000 $4,775,916
Development of a new commercial-scale process for producing high purity graphite (>99.95%) ** Mineral Commodities Ltd, Doral Fused Materials Pty Ltd, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation This project will combine industry and research organisations to develop and demonstrate an industrially-implementable hydrometallurgical purification process for Mineral Commodities Ltd’s (“MRC”) Munglinup graphite concentrate. This process will strengthen Australia’s critical minerals capabilities, by unlocking the ability to produce high purity graphite (>99.95%) for potential application in the battery manufacturing industry, both in Australia and for export. 1/09/2019 - 31/12/2021 $812,999 $2,604,700

** Supported through funding allocated to CRC Projects with a specific focus on critical minerals *** Funding partially provided though additional funding received in the 2018-19 Budget for projects with a focus on artificial intelligence.

Successful CRC Projects Round 6

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Transforming wastewater treatment in regional Australia with robust technology for multiple benefits ** Central SEQ Distributor Retailer Authority
Aquatec Maxcon Pty Ltd
Power and Water Corporation
The University of Queensland
University of Western Australia
Department of Environment and Science
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
This low-cost solution will transform inefficient sewage treatment ponds into self-contained environmental assets benefitting regional communities. It has strong market potential worldwide due to the ability to retrofit existing assets. This integrated technology will recover water and valuable nutrients suitable for local agricultural uses, with minimal odour and greenhouse emissions. A robust control and monitoring system will be incorporated, modernising regional treatment plant operation. 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2021 $1,400,000 $5,179,253
Optimal scheduling of air conditioning systems with renewable energy resource and thermal storage ** Conserve It Pty Ltd
M Sanders & T Sanders
Echuca Regional Health
The built environment is one of the highest consumers of energy. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning contributes to over 45% of commercial building's energy use. This project will deliver a solution that will reduce energy use in buildings through use of AI based control techniques. This control approach will be suitable for current building stock and future buildings with onsite renewable energy generation and energy storage. The project outcomes will be demonstrated through a pilot project implementation in a hospital. 1/3/2019 - 30/6/2021 $715,907 $1,595,165
Transforming joint surgery rehabilitation with artificial intelligence in telehealth ** Coviu Global Pty. Ltd.
CSIRO University of Western Australia
The Trustee for the HFRC Trust
“Telerehabilitation,” or rehabilitation service via video, has demonstrated both equivalent outcomes to face-to-face rehabilitation and reduced costs. However, mainstream uptake has been limited by a lack of objective patient progress metrics. This project aims to further reduce cost and improve efficiency by developing AI-based solutions to automatically recognise joint range of motion, allowing clinicians to monitor and measure remotely via a video interface the progress of patient's recovery. 21/1/2019 - 19/7/2021 $1,187,534 $2,929,634
Secondary Trading of Unlisted Financial Securities with pre-settled Smart Contracts Digicash Pty Ltd
Haventec Group Services Pty Ltd
Macquarie University
Capital Markets CRC Limited
D.T Gilbert & W.R Spain & C.G Condoleon & Others
Marketgrid Systems Pty Ltd
Blackwall Property Funds Limited
Helmsec Global Capital Limited
Many financial securities are not listed on exchanges, with resultant high transaction costs. Recent developments in “Smart Contract” technology promise to improve this situation, but so far have been hindered by cyber security concerns. This project develops next-generation security and trading technology for a smart-contract based marketplace, and makes it available to issuers of unlisted securities. This technology will increase capital availability, firing up the innovation process. 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2021 $3,000,000 $11,900,500
Automating data collection and analytics in underground mines using drones and AI ** Emesent Holding Pty Ltd
Northern Star Resources Ltd
C.R. Kennedy & Company Proprietary Limited
Underground mines have valuable assets but maximising the value from these assets requires collecting data in challenging underground environments and deriving insights from the data. This project will develop an autonomous AI-powered drone to fly underground and map inaccessible areas, as well as machine learning based data analytics to derive insights from the captured data, increasing safety and productivity. CRC-P support will accelerate the development and commercialisation process. 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2021 $2,994,000 $9,141,250
Realisation of Personalised Implants through Advanced Manufacturing ** Field Orthopaedics Pty Ltd
Protonautics Pty Ltd
Strategic Engineering Australia Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
Personal implant manufacturing is currently costly and time consuming for those patients requiring an urgent solution. Australia has an advantage when it comes to complex and high value solutions that require innovation and advanced skills. Australian manufacturing will provide a cost effective and rapidly produced personal implant for those in need. The CRC-P will provide the resources to enter the market before anywhere else in the world, making Australia a world leader in personal implants. 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2021 $1,660,000 $3,951,201
Innovative Development of an Autonomous Intelligent Fire Protection System (AIFPS) Flame Security International Pty Ltd
Australian Pet Brands Pty Ltd
Fahrenheit Fire Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
DXC Technology Australia Pty Limited
Fire and Rescue NSW
Composite Materials Engineering Pty. Ltd.
Department of Defence
G.H. Varley Pty Ltd
Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd
The Autonomous Intelligent Fire Protection Systems (AIFPS) Project envisages the development of a unique range of fire prediction and suppression systems for military, public, commercial and private applications for air, land and marine vehicles for all types of fire classes. Solutions for public, commercial and residential buildings will also be developed. All AIFPS will use a world first, non-toxic, eco-friendly, flame retardant that is more effective than water and existing toxic foams. 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2021 $3,000,000 $10,950,000
Smart tools for agronomic crop insights using Machine learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) ** Flurosat Pty Ltd
Aglink Pty Ltd
The Trustee for the McGregor Gourlay Agricultural Services
Pursehouse Rural Pty Limited
Agworld Pty Ltd
Precision Cropping Technologies Pty Ltd
Agronomists and growers lack the decision support tools and digital literacy to proactively manage crop productivity. Agronomic decisions are made reactively after visual observations, significantly impacting productivity. This project leverages CSIRO research & IP, commercial agronomic observations, spatial data sets, a leading agronomic platform and novel ML and AI approaches to create real-time, predictive, actionable, management insights to maximise the Australian farm productivity. 30/1/2019 - 1/1/2022 $2,984,912 $6,642,009
Value Australia - Sharpening our land and property decisions with Artificial Intelligence ** FrontierSI
Domain Holdings Australia Pty Limited
University of New South Wales
Omnilink Pty Limited
Liverpool City Council Office of Finance and Services
Value Australia CRC-P will support Australia's largest market, the $6.8 trillion property market, by creating valuation products that, provide better information sooner to homebuyers, investors, businesses and governments whilst reducing costs and risks. Combining research, extensive data assets and using artificial intelligence this project will deliver secure digital valuation models and tools that cover a broad range of land and property types across Australia and overseas. 1/4/2019 - 31/3/2022 $2,926,500 $8,549,000
Use of Narrow Artificial Intelligence to Detect Brain Aneurysms ** Fujitsu Australia Ltd
GE Healthcare Australia Pty Limited
Macquarie University
Macquarie Medical Imaging Pty Ltd
Cerebral aneurysms are life-threatening lesions that rupture and failure to detect an aneurysm is a cause of death, disability. Aneurysms are present in 2-8% of adults, and multiple aneurysms occur in >10% of these. Cerebral vasculature is complex, with multiple branches and wide variations in normal patterns making rapid and accurate detection of aneurysms challenging. This project will use artificial intelligence to detect and highlight aneurysms on brain scans to improve patient outcome. 4/2/2019 - 2/4/2021 $2,080,000 $4,614,000
Artificial Intelligence System for Rapid Diagnostics of Disease Causing Mites and Insects ** Jasgo R&D Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
Amalgamated Holdings Ltd
Blue Ocean Equities Pty Limited
Mites and insects cause major health and economic impacts worldwide. They are difficult to identify, requiring expert advice and increasing disease control costs and mismanagement risk. We will produce an Artificial Intelligence system for rapid diagnostics of house dust mites and bedbugs, calibrated against ecological and epidemiological data. This technology will result in a marketable phone app that will be of widespread use in the medical sector where entomological diagnostics are required. 1/1/2019 - 1/1/2022 $1,475,563 $6,589,315
Advanced Real-Time Medical Diagnostics using AI and an IoT Medical Device ** M3dicine Holdings Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
The Trustee for the Amanashab Trust
M3DICINE has developed Stethee, a US-FDA approved digital stethoscope, which captures heart, lung and other body sounds with incredible clarity and depth of sound. This records powerful vital signs of humans and animals, but the development of new AI algorithms is vital to realise Stethee's true potential. This project will enable new diagnostic capabilities, powering the next generation of personalised medical devices and platforms for large-scale medical and telehealth services. 2/1/2019 - 30/11/2021 $1,000,000 $2,652,178
Smart Sensor & Deep Learning Behavioural Engine for Personalised Health Monitoring ** Nutromics Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
Melbourne Health
Monash University
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Procept Pty Ltd
Design & Industry Pty Ltd
Triple Ring Technologies
Diabetes is a global epidemic and the biggest challenge confronting Australia's health system. Current care models focus on treatment of the disease, however greatly improved outcomes and increased efficiency are driven from preventative measures. The project will bring together a multi-disciplinary team to develop a digitally enabled wearable device and a deep learning behaviour change engine to elicit the positive lifestyle behaviour changes required to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. 1/4/2019 - 31/3/2022 $2,150,000 $7,504,756
Improving surgical accuracy through the development of a novel intraoperative imaging solution ** Oncores Medical Pty Ltd
University of Western Australia
South Metropolitan Health Service
Linear Clinical Research Ltd
Cancer surgery aims to completely remove tumour while minimising the removal of healthy tissue. Currently, complete tumour removal can only be assessed by a pathologist after surgery, with up to 30% of patients requiring repeat surgery because tumour is thought to have been left behind. This project is developing a high-resolution imaging tool for surgeons to use during operations to assess tissue micro-structure and enable complete tumour removal during the first surgery. 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2021 $3,000,000 $9,077,582
OrpeusPOD: more hearts for more patients Orpeus Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
Hydrix Pty Ltd
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Limited
Heart failure is increasing and there is a huge shortage of hearts available for transplant due to the limitations on preservation during transit. Orpeus has developed OrpeusPOD to transport, and OrpeusFLO to actively nourish and preserve the heart for longer to make more hearts available for more patients. The locally manufactured technologies will commercialise Australian R&D from Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, The Alfred Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital, UNSW and industry. 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2021 $2,100,000 $10,277,937
Development of a Machine Vision System for Automated Grading of Almonds ** Surenut Pty Ltd
Laragon Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
The nut industry relies on manual quality assurance to determine the grade of nuts which is subjective, slow, and labour intensive. The project aims to overcome this problem by developing an Almond Analyser using artificial intelligence to objectively and non-destructively grade nuts into specific market grades. This will improve the grading of nuts with increased consistency, accuracy, and throughput and significantly reduce labour cost offering great economic benefit to nut processors 14/1/2019 - 14/1/2021 $514,424 $1,765,348
Seaweed solutions for sustainable aquaculture Tassal Group Limited
Deakin University
University of Tasmania
Spring Bay Seafoods Pty Ltd
This project will develop a sustainable Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) model that supports commercial seaweed production. To do this, the research will i) define the seaweed culture proposition (identify species, growing techniques and products) and ii) develop a regionally relevant IMTA partnership model that brings together salmon, shellfish and seaweed producers to ensure economic, environmental and societal benefits. 13/1/2019 - 12/1/2022 $2,385,067 $5,468,110
Real-time NMR data acquisition for rock mass characterisation and drilling optimisation The Eqnomics Group Pty Ltd
Wallis Engineers Pty Ltd
University of Western Australia
This project will deliver a logging system capable of acquisition and transmission of measurements during drilling of boreholes. The system can provide to mining companies real-time information regarding borehole geophysical and trajectory data, at a reduced acquisition cost, and can be used to optimise drilling programs. The development of this new, advanced logging system will support Australia in becoming a world leader in the commercialisation of mining technology and services. 1/5/2019 - 30/4/2022 $2,843,728 $8,084,195
Advanced Composite Pultrusion Manufacturing for Next Generation Civil Structures Wagners CFT Manufacturing Pty. Ltd.
University of Southern Queensland
Allnex Resins Australia Pty Ltd
This program is focused on holistic engineering approach to optimise the existing composite pultrusion process for increased productivity and development of novel value-added products such as, fire retardant civil structures to be used in rail and pedestrian bridges and most notably for Australian Inland Rail project. These high strength advance structures will capture new high value markets such as oil & gas and transport industry in national and international markets such as the US and Europe. 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2021 $3,000,000 $10,391,054

** Supported through additional funding received in the 2018-19 Budget for projects with a focus on artificial intelligence.

Successful CRC Projects Round 5

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Long-life alloy components for efficient hydrometallurgical processing** Callidus Welding Solutions Pty Ltd
Deakin University
Newcrest Mining Limited
Murrin Murrin Operations Pty Ltd
Process conditions to extract valuable metals from their ore are severe; high temperatures combine with extreme corrosion and erosion. Even normally durable advanced alloys used in mineral processing reactors degrade in this environment. Replacement parts and frequent downtime have a significant impact on the efficiency and competitiveness of Australian mineral processors. This project will deliver a step-change in durability of critical components via smart design and materials innovations. 4/07/2018 - 31/12/2020 $1,256,600 $3,967,395
Non-Invasive Real-Time Biometric Sensing Technology Sleeptite Pty Ltd
RMIT University
Sleepeezee Bedding Australia Pty Ltd
This Project aims to integrate unobtrusive micro-sensors into bedding materials by developing technology to non-invasively monitor key human health parameters. A cross-sector team in sensing, micro-technology, health data analytics, and bedding manufacturers will collaborate to transform award-winning Australian innovation into locally manufactured products for local and global consumers. The innovation will enhance quality-of-care and timely intervention in aged care facilities and hospitals. 4/07/2018 - 30/06/2021 $1,700,000 $5,321,500
Advanced Cancer Immunotherapies: CAR-T Cells for Solid Cancers Carina Biotech Pty Ltd
Geneworks Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
The University of Adelaide
Seattle Children’s Hospital
CAR-T therapy is a revolutionary new cancer treatment that engineers a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. CAR-T therapy has already shown remarkable activity against blood cancers, with over 90% complete remission rates reported in several clinical trials against leukaemia where conventional therapies had previously failed. This project will develop a suite of technologies to enable CAR-T therapy for solid cancers, which have so far been much less responsive to CAR-T therapies. 4/07/2018 - 30/06/2021 $2,079,000 $7,912,822
Novel real-time milk sensor for ovulation detection in dairy cows Biotics Pty Ltd
Dairy Australia Limited
Ridgeway Research Limited
University of Technology Sydney
Surgical Diagnostics Pty Limited
Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources
ITVet Pty Ltd
Livestock Improvement Corporation
Dairy New Zealand
Building on core technology, the project will prototype and commercialise a patented real time biosensor with the ability to solve key challenges in the dairy industry. The project will develop an advanced in situ real time milk assay to accurately determine cow ovulation status. Farmers will use this sensor to gain significant improvements to their herd fertility programs. Beyond this, the project will assess other opportunities for the sensors relating to overall cow health and milk quality. 1/09/2018 - 31/08/2021 $1,829,000 $7,391,469
Implementing intelligent automated reporting in radiology practice Maxwell MRI Pty Ltd
I-MED Network Limited
Radiologist interpretation of medical images such as MRI and PET is subjective. Differences in quality of care due to variable skills and experience may result in misdiagnosis, increasing cost. This project will use artificial intelligence for automated radiology reporting at a world-leading radiology practice (I-MED). The efficacy of Machine learning technology developed at the CSIRO will be validated in a robust trial and translated by Maxwell MRI for commercialisation within 3 years. 4/07/2018 - 30/06/2021 $1,123,141 $4,886,603
AI: new smarts for the medical imaging industry Sydney Neuroimaging Analysis Centre Pty Ltd
The University of Sydney
I-MED Network Limited
Medical imaging is an increasingly complex field requiring advanced subspecialty training. This project will develop a robust industry platform for the application of artificial intelligence algorithms to neuro-imaging, heralding a new era in the precision diagnosis of brain disease; and transforming the delivery of Radiology through automation and increased productivity, enhanced reporting accuracy and the rapid identification of critical abnormalities 4/07/2018 - 30/06/2021 $2,360,061 $5,138,061
Eco-friendly fertilisers for sustainable farming Sustainable Organic Solutions Pty Ltd
MSF Sugar Pty Ltd
Mitr Phol Sugarcane Research Center Co. Ltd.
Herbert Cane Productivity Services Ltd
Department of Environment and Science
University of the Sunshine Coast
The University of Queensland
Department of Agriculture
This project will trial a new eco-friendly fertiliser technology, containing plant growth promoting rhizobacteria and innovative adaptive-release organic fertiliser, in tropical agriculture and horticulture (sugarcane, avocado and macadamia). This unique formulation is expected to reduce fertiliser costs, improve plant growth, and minimise the run-off of nutrients from tropical farms to waterways. 4/07/2018 - 30/06/2021 $1,800,000 $4,654,016
Kapunda In-Situ Copper and Gold Field Recovery Trial Environmental Copper Recovery SA Pty Ltd
Molyhil Mining Pty Ltd
CMTE Development Limited
Terramin Exploration Pty Ltd
Adelaide University
Successful development and demonstration of an In-Situ Recovery (ISR) process to extract copper and other metals from diverse geological environments will be a step change in Australian mining. ISR can improve project economics, enable social license, lower environmental footprint and help commercialise sub-economic deposits. Success at Kapunda will give industry a tangible demonstration and provide a template for future ventures to unlock new deposits currently considered as stranded assets. 4/07/2018 - 31/12/2020 $2,851,303 $5,781,303
Advanced Manufacturing and Construction of Smart Building Modules Schiavello Manufacturing Pty Ltd
ERMA Group Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
OSEN Group Pty Ltd
Trackem Pty Ltd
To meet the needs of rapid urban population growth, building construction productivity needs to improve. This can be achieved by the increased use of prefabricated building modules and the use of digital technology. Digital modelling, design for manufacture and assembly, and the Internet of Things will be used to reduce costs, improve quality and allow mass customisation of building modules thereby increasing the uptake of prefabrication and contributing to increased construction productivity. 4/07/2018 - 30/06/2021 $2,700,000 $8,595,000
BioAustralis, towards the future Microbial Screening Technologies Pty Ltd
Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics Pty Limited
Macquarie University
University of Western Australia
Since the discovery of penicillin, the greatest biomedical innovations have been fueled by microorganisms. This project exploits our library of talented Australian microbes, harnessed to state-of-the-art metabolomic and genomic technologies, to deliver a unique platform of 5,000 microbial metabolites, expanding BioAustralis’ global niche market, catalysing the discovery of next-generation antibiotics and provide a ready-to-use natural product metabolite library to stimulate Australian research. 1/10/2018 - 30/09/2021 $3,000,000 $6,966,160
Responsive Access to Space DefendTex Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
Department of Defence
RMIT University
The University of Sydney
Universitat der Bundeswehr Innosync Pty Ltd
Australia currently has no sovereign launch capability putting the nation at a strategic, economic and social disadvantage. This project aims to overcome this problem by developing leading edge, low cost, high availability rocket propulsion technology through development of a Rotating Detonation Engine (RDE) design to integrate into a space launch system. This will enable Australia to have a sovereign Low Earth Orbit Launch Capability so Australia can launch satellites and other space assets. 4/7/2018 – 30/6/2021 $2,989,000 $13,655,520
Development of an Advanced Fire Retardant for Polymers and Textiles Flame Security International Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
IKEA Pty Limited
TDVC Pty Ltd
Fire is a daily and pervasive threat to human life, property and assets and the environment and many polymers and textiles remain highly flammable. This project directly addresses the need for non-toxic, durable and eco-friendly chemical species (flame retardants) to be embedded (infused) into polymers and textiles thereby inhibiting ignition or reducing the rate of flame propagation. The results will be an industry first - flame retarded products that are also eco-friendly. 4/07/2018 - 30/06/2021 $3,000,000 $10,975,000
Artificial intelligence and genomics to predict cancer treatment Max Kelsen Pty Ltd
Genomiqa Pty Ltd
BGI International Pty Ltd
The Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Metro North Hospital and Health Service
Cancer is a major health burden with one in four Australians getting a diagnosis of cancer during their lifetime and with an estimated 48,586 Australians dying of cancer in 2018. Immunotherapy is a new treatment showing great promise for some patients. An area of critical need is to predict who will benefit from immunotherapy prior to treatment. We will develop and employ artificial intelligence and genomics to predict treatment response in cancer patients. 16/07/2018 - 30/06/2021 $2,625,000 $9,044,000

**Funding partially provided though the Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Successful CRC Projects Round 4

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Enabling Exosome Therapy: Developing an Advanced Manufacturing Process** Vivazome Therapeutics Pty Ltd
Seerpharma Pty Ltd
La Trobe University
Exosomes are small particles released by cells. They are the key effector in cell therapies and have the potential to be an off-the-shelf medicine without the technical problems of cell therapies. Currently exosomes are made at small scale - this project aims to develop a large-scale advanced manufacturing process for exosomes. This project will focus on exosomes to treat peripheral vascular disease (a limb-threatening condition often associated with diabetes), with other diseases to follow. 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2020 $2,179,531 $4,397,739
Project Vaccinate Driving Innovation in Dairy Goat Vaccines Nuchev Pty Ltd
K.J Coutts & N.J Coutts
The University of Melbourne
Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory Foundation Limited
Australian Dairy Goats Incorporated
Nuchev Pty Ltd is leading a collaborative project to develop standardised protocols and operating procedures for the development and delivery of targeted vaccines for endemic disease prevention in large Australian dairy goat milking operations. The project will actively drive a collaborative culture within the industry delivering major improvements to farm productivity, quality performance and milk production volumes, positioning the industry for growth and higher export competitiveness. 1/1/2018 - 30/6/2019 $97,280 $283,561
Allogeneic Stem Cell Cancer Immunotherapies Cartherics Pty Ltd
Mesoblast Limited
Cell Therapies Pty Ltd
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Monash University
This CRC-P will develop “off-the-shelf” immunotherapy products for cancer. As few as 3 rare triple HLA homozygous donor cells are histocompatible with a large percentage (~50%) of the Australian population. These will be used to create haplotype induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that can be infinitely expanded. These iPSCs will be gene edited and differentiated to become cytotoxic T cells with multiple targeting receptors for use in clinical trials of relapsed ovarian and gastric cancers. 31/1/2018 - 30/1/2021 $2,987,000 $12,627,500
Integrated Smart Home Energy Management, Control and Data Visibility Solar Analytics Pty Ltd
The University of New South Wales
Wattwatchers Pty Limited
SA Power Networks
Project H Pty Ltd
SwitchDin Pty Limited
Ergon Energy Queensland Pty Ltd
Australia is leading the world in a transition to distributed energy resources and is well placed to lead in consumer-oriented energy innovation. The project brings together established energy industry Partners with new technologies and local manufacturers to increase data visibility and develop demand management and system solutions. Success will see increased energy security and growth of a new industry with local prototyping and demonstrations ready for national/international deployment. 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2020 $1,891,555 $5,679,351
Portable brain scanner for early stroke detection and monitoring** EMVision Medical Devices Ltd
The University of Queensland
GE Healthcare Australia Pty Limited
Metro South Hospital and Health Service
The project will deliver a portable, non-invasive and non-ionising device to support early on-site diagnosis and ongoing monitoring for stroke patients. EMVision and its partners will perform research in applied electromagnetics and processing algorithms that provide rapid three-dimensional images of the brain to automatically identify brain anomalies. Development of the system is informed by the necessary regulatory pathways to achieve an approved device that meet clinician and patient needs. 1/1/2018 - 5/12/2020 $2,600,000 $10,955,673
High performance energy storage alternative to lithium ion batteries** First Graphite Limited
Swinburne University of Technology
Flinders University of South Australia
Kremford (VIC) Pty Ltd
This project will provide a world-first alternative to the lithium ion battery (LIB) in the energy storage device market and a new processing method to create graphene oxide (GO). It will also develop the manufacturing specifications for the commercial production of a GO supercapacitor with the look and feel of a LIB. As such it would be compatible with current technologies, while exhibiting superior performance across weight, charge rate, lifecycle and environmental footprint factors. 1/1/2018 - 30/6/2020 $1,500,000 $3,447,500
A scalable detection tool for childhood inattention: TALI Detect Novita Healthcare Limited
Grey Innovation Australia Pty Ltd
Torus Games Pty. Ltd.
Monash University
400,000 children in Australia have significant attention difficulties. Our existing client-base of clinicians, parents and educators indicate the need for an accurate, low-cost tool to detect inattention in early childhood. This CRC-P delivers TALI Detect™, an inattention detection tool for individuals that is scalable to national screening of all children entering school. This project extends the game-play features and novel algorithms of TALI and validates product efficacy in a robust trial. 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2019 $1,200,125 $3,909,125
Innovative generation of low cost, zero-emission, reliable electricity** Amber Power Holdings Ltd
Mirvac Limited
The University of New South Wales
Australia's need for affordability, security and low emissions is its electricity trilemma. This world-leading disruptive technology, based on a new design for a centrifugal compressor, can deliver low-emission electricity production from fossil fuels and renewable sources. The outcome of this project is a highly efficient power generation unit which can be easily deployed to any location, transforming lost or untapped low-grade heat into combustion-free, low cost, reliable power. 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2020 $3,000,000 $10,162,500
Intelligent Mixed Waste Re-manufacturing System** Dresden Optics Pty Ltd
The University of New South Wales
Astor Industries Pty Ltd
Consonic Pty Ltd
Duromer Products Pty Ltd
Elemental Manufacturing Pty Ltd
Jasca Engineering Pty Ltd
Brien Holden Vision Institute
This project establishes a novel, advanced, fully automated manufacturing centre where recycled waste plastics are transformed into high quality, stylish, low cost spectacle frames of exceptional durability. The novel plastic recycling technology has the potential to be applied more widely to produce other high performance products whilst reducing waste and environmental degradation. The manufacturing process is simplified, fully automated and closed loop with zero waste. 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2020 $2,716,910 $11,668,820
WoundVue automated and advanced assessment of chronic wounds LBT Innovations Ltd
Planet Innovation Pty Ltd
The University Of Melbourne
The current standard of care for assessing chronic wounds is subjective, placing significant burden on healthcare systems and impacting patient outcomes. Extreme machine learning and biofilm detection will form key components of a new portable hand held system used for objective and reproducible monitoring of wounds. Combined with cloud data storage this will provide both real time data and historical comparison to assist in determining optimal treatment. 1/4/2018 - 31/3/2021 $2,513,000 $10,991,277
Cavendish bananas with resistance to Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 Lamanna Premier Group Pty Ltd
NQ Banana Research Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
The devastating soil borne disease, Fusarium wilt tropical race 4, is threatening the continued production of Cavendish bananas in Australia as well as worldwide. Cavendish accounts for more than 40% of bananas worldwide and 90% of Australia’s bananas. A resistant Cavendish is the only realistic strategy to ensure the future existence of the Cavendish industry in Australia. This project is developing Fusarium wilt resistant Cavendish bananas using genes from a naturally resistant wild banana. 2/1/2018 - 31/12/2020 $1,835,644 $6,875,367
Rapid iteration selective breeding: Australia’s fish to feed the world Mainstream Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd
James Cook University
The University of Melbourne
Marine Produce Australia Limited
King Reef Pty Ltd
Helmaqua Pty Ltd
Barramundi Asia Pty Ltd
Barramundi - Australia’s favourite fish – is gaining popularity as a farmed solution for supply of white fish globally. The world needs a sustainable source of white fish as current supply comes from declining wild catch fisheries. Industrial scale farming offers a solution, but success relies on improved seed stock. The Australian Barramundi industry with the CRC-P is confronting this challenge by driving rapid improvement of Australia’s barramundi breeding stock using modern genetics. 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2020 $3,000,000 $13,476,418
Developing the next generation hydrogen energy system** Applied Nano Technologies Pty Ltd
Monash University
Minifab (Aust) Pty Ltd
Thoughtworks Australia Pty Ltd
Hargo Engineering Pty. Ltd.
The project will deliver a reliable, cost effective and 100% renewable energy system utilising scalable storage to meet base load demand for grid support applications. Further, it will offer a true off-grid 24/7 and 365 day a year solution to regional and remote communities. It will enable high skilled jobs for the advanced manufacturing sector, generate world leading disruptive technology that will grow exports and assist Australia to meet its international obligations. 19/2/2018 - 18/2/2021 $2,783,109 $8,496,861
The industrial application of graphene in high-strength polyethylene** Qenos Pty Ltd
Deakin University
Graphene Manufacturing Australia Pty Ltd
Discovered in 2004, Graphene is the lightest, strongest, thinnest, best heat and electricity-conducting material that exists today. More research is needed to examine how this material can be used for new generation products with enhanced performance. This project will address a number of industry knowledge gaps with regard to specific applications of this material in the polymers industry, and the potential for value-adding opportunities across a range of Australian manufacturing sectors. 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2020 $1,800,000 $4,365,500
Smart linings for pipe and infrastructure** 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
A large proportion of underground water and wastewater infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life. Currently, assets are replaced, which is costly and can cause major disruption. Lining technology may increase service life and prolong the need for asset replacement. Lining has had limited market penetration attributed to the limited demonstrable long-term performance, consistent standards and specifications. This project aims to address these issues and increase the demand for lining. 1/3/2018 - 28/2/2021 $3,000,000 $24,147,390

**Funding provided though the Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Successful Developing Northern Australia Projects

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Developing sustainable cropping systems for cotton, grains and fodder Ord River District Co-Operative Ltd
Kimberley Agricultural Investment Pty Ltd
The Chia Company Department of Agriculture & Food
University of Western Australia
University of Sydney
Harris Operations Pty Ltd
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Queensland Government
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
This project will address knowledge gaps related to commercial-scale irrigated cotton/grain/forage cropping systems, develop regional skills and create tools to inform cropping investments across northern Australia. Cropping system requirements, agronomy and genetics will be explored and developed such that northern Australia can supply agricultural products to meet the quality, technical specifications and volume requirements of overseas and domestic markets. 1/10/2017 - 15/11/2020 $3,000,000 $11,694,131
New pastures to increase livestock productivity across the north Agrimix Pty Ltd
SM Gorton & DF Lynch
Paraway Pastoral Company Limited
AM Cowan & JM Cowan
Corfield Downs Pastoral Pty Ltd
The North Australian Pastoral Company Pty Limited
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
James Cook University
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Queensland Government
Legumes provide high quality pasture benefits for livestock, soils, environment and community but few are established in the vast clay soil regions of north Australia. The project will: - Evaluate establishment methods for new legumes linked to climate risk analysis - Conduct grazing, pen, plot, soil trials - Demonstrate legumes increase livestock productivity - Engage students in research and extension Uptake of legume pastures will result in significant economic, environment and social benefits. 17/10/2017 - 30/9/2020 $2,833,000 $8,243,000
Breeding for resistance to juvenile pearl oyster mortality syndrome Ellies Pearling Pty Ltd
The Trustee For Cygnet Bay Pearls Unit Trust
James Cook University
The pearling industry in Northern Australia is a major employer and important contributor to the socio-economic fabric of regional communities. Of late the industry has been besieged by a juvenile pacific oyster mortality syndrome (JPOMS) which impacts young oysters and can wipe out >90% of seedstocks. This CRC-P project will determine correlative factors associated with the occurrence of JPOMS and gather the essential knowledge required to instigate a selective breeding program targeting resistance. 1/2/2018 - 31/1/2021 $1,377,065 $10,028,790
Strategies to prevent two viruses devaluing Australian crocodile skins Porosus Pty Ltd
Lagoon Crocodile Farm Pty Limited Croc Pac Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
La Trobe University
Australian National University
Northern Territory of Australia, Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories
James Cook University
Department of Health Queensland
Northern Territory of Australia, Department of Health
Two viruses, Kunjin virus and a new (porosus) poxvirus, have been identified in crocodile skin lesions. Crocodile skins are produced for the high-end fashion market. Any skin with lesions is rejected because it will be visible on the finished product. With >35% of skins affected by viral lesions, the estimated economic loss is more than $11 million p.a. to the North Australian economy. We will develop and apply control strategies to prevent these diseases and reduce their transmission. 30/8/2017 - 30/9/2020 $1,155,032 $4,821,242
Applying new technologies to enhance biosecurity and cattle quality Branir Pty Limited & The Trustee for Booloomani Unit Trust
Sensand Technologies Pty Ltd
James Cook University
The vast natural environment of Northern Australia feeds the cattle industry; however, biosecurity threats have negatively impacted this. Conventional management of such threats such as weeds are not suited to such broad, harsh landscapes. The project will use an Internet of Things network with low-cost environmental sensors, drone mapping and big data analytics to develop and test data-driven, strategic pest management programs - ultimately improving both cattle industry and natural assets. 15/1/2018 - 14/1/2021 $1,500,000 $5,748,000
Improving banana crop productivity in northern Australia Terragen Biotech Pty Ltd
University of the Sunshine Coast
Coastal Rural (NQ) Pty Ltd
The Trustee for Kalbo Farming Trust
Domenico & Lynette & Paul D & Mark A Ferraro
The Trustee for M & A Cardillo Family Trust
The Trustee for Reidy's Bananas Trust
MF & GL Dunne
The Trustee for N & K Borsato Family Trust
EK McCarthy & McCarthy Farming Trust
The Trustee For Dotti Family Trust
Dicarlo Family Trust
The Trustee for the Spagnolo Family Trust
A & CF & CR & JD Edgerton
JAH Farming Pty Ltd
The Project will conduct scientific field trials on banana farms in Queensland on the use of bio-stimulant technology to improve crop yield and productivity in northern Australia, promoting market growth. Key areas to be investigated are nitrogen-based fertiliser usage, reduced fruit wastage, faster crop maturity, and enhancing nutrient content. Outcomes aim to improve the competitiveness of the sector and will establish learnings that can be applied in other crop production in tropical regions. 1/10/2017 - 30/9/2020 $1,003,155 $3,389,503
The Probio-TICK Initiative Microbial Screening Technologies Pty Ltd
Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd
Macquarie University
This project will deliver Probio-TICK, a sustainable microbial probiotic against cattle ticks and buffalo fly for northern Australia. Probio-TICK will comprise a community of beneficial microbes applied to the hide to give a life-long shield of protection against cattle pests. Probio-TICK is a novel concept that applies the well-established science of human “inner-health” probiotics to the “outer-health” of cattle hides by boosting the animal’s innate resistance to pest invasion. 1/10/2017 - 30/09/2020 $3,000,000 $6,956,250

Successful CRC Projects Round 3

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Intelligent vision, sensing and data fusion for mining and exploration Boart Longyear Limited
SRA Information Technology Pty Ltd
The University of Adelaide
This project will develop and commercialise multisensory core scanners, data fusion and machine learning algorithms to derive geological and structural data not currently collected. It will improve decision making at exploration and mining drill sites, rapidly acquiring novel information from core and providing outputs in near-real time. It will be developed in and exported from Australia as a value-add service in the METS industry and an invaluable decision-making tool in exploration and mining. 2/10/2017 - 30/9/2020 $2,152,952 $4,640,052
Additive manufacturing of energetic materials DefendTex Pty Ltd
Rocketech Pty Ltd; Department of Defence
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Flinders University
Cranfield University
Additive manufacturing (AM) is an emerging technology, with industrial potential in the field of 3D printed energetic materials. AM of energetics will solve cost, safety and efficiency problems associated with traditional methods that have remained largely unchanged for over 100 years. The project will deliver new processing methods for energetic materials in AM. Advancements in this field will have wide application in civil, mining, defence and construction industries. 2/10/2017 - 8/3/2020 $2,600,000 $6,107,000
Novel catalytic process for sustainable diesel production from waste Eco Fuel Innovations Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
Shieldon Pty Ltd
Kunming Sino-Platinum Metals Cayalyst Co
Solid waste is considered to be one of the key feedstocks for the chemical industry in transitioning to a circular economy. This project will deliver the efficient conversion of such waste to high-energy-density liquid fuel using catalytic, low temperature and low pressure depolymerisation. Key to this will be the development of strategies, informed by detailed technoeconomic analysis, to optimise the process, maximise the energy efficiency and bridge the commercialisation valley of death. 1/10/2017 - 30/6/2020 $1,850,000 $7,964,065
Next Generation Dried Blood Spot Pathology Testing using LC-MS MyHealthTest Pty Ltd
Agilent Technologies Australia (M) Pty Ltd
University of Canberra
Prof David Handelsman
Dried blood spot (DBS) samples have many advantages for pathology health testing, especially convenience for patients. It is not suitable however, for all tests using traditional analysis methods. This project will develop and commercialise high throughput dried blood spot sample testing using advanced liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The result is cheaper and improved consumer access to a wide range of health tests, improved self-monitoring and health outcomes and lowered national cost of health testing. 1/10/2017 - 30/9/2020 $2,559,000 $8,713,331
Advanced Printing Technology for New Generation Flexible Batteries Printed Energy Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
The University of New South Wales
Sunset Power International Pty Ltd
Sonovia Holdings LLC
Ultra-thin flexible printed batteries will enable a new generation of innovative devices including Internet of Things devices, wearable electronics, healthcare products and industrial scale solar energy storage. Printing enables batteries of almost any shape to be integrated with other printed electronic devices (like sensors, transistors, printed PV and lights) during the manufacturing process. Advanced printing technology will reduce manufacturing costs using abundant, non-toxic compounds. 1/10/2017 - 30/9/2020 $2,000,000 $11,977,500
Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement Austrak Pty Ltd
Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd
University of Southern Queensland
This program will develop new polymer composite transoms decks to rejuvenate timber decked bridges in the Australian rail network, most notably the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Numerical and experimental studies will underpin the development of cost-effective and durable decking solutions of optimal material distribution. These decking solutions will also be used globally to refurbish and construct rail or road bridges, thus leading to longer life and reducing disruption during refurbishment works. 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2020 $3,000,000 $9,896,285
Design and manufacturing of a 6000 m depth rated medium work class ROV Total Marine Technology Pty Ltd
Sapurakencana Australia Pty Ltd
University of Western Australia
Typhoon MK4 is a medium work class hydraulic remote operating vehicle (ROV) with 75 to 125 hp power and depth rating to 6000 m. Typhoon MK4 is an intervention ROV intended for use in oil and gas industry with cross-over capabilities in a wide range of subsea operations in different industries including research and oceanography, salvage and rescue, defence and fiber optic cable repair sectors. High speed (4+ Knots), built-in simulator, advanced monitoring, control and fault finding system are some of MK4 features. 16/10/2017 - 15/10/2020 $2,996,500 $8,061,015
Breaking the Mould: Making Australian Advanced Manufacturing Portable Effusiontech Pty Ltd
Charles Darwin University
PW Baxter & Associates Pty Ltd
The novel, high speed advanced manufacturing technology developed by SPEE3D will be transformed into a functional portable foundry to serve businesses operating in remote regions of Australia. The CRC-P will support SPEE3D and CDU’s engineering, training, and remote area expertise to deliver a complete package: a portable metal 3D printer, procedures and instructions, and an accredited training course. Remote housing will be the first target for the new, flexible metal manufacturing technology. 1/7/2017 - 30/6/2020 $1,486,200 $4,013,700
A big health data analytics & insights platform for the MTP sector Prospection Pty Ltd
The University of New South Wales
Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd
The project will develop a commercial analytics platform integrating multiple linked health datasets (Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS), Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and other data) for the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical (MTP) sector. There is significant latent value in these datasets. However, data access, integration and analytics capacity is lacking. The platform will provide this capacity, to provide critical market insights for MTP sector users, supporting decisions spanning R&D, regulatory, market access and post-market phases of the medical product lifecycle. 11/10/2017 - 30/9/2019 $1,948,008 $4,944,001
Australian hitech manufacturer takes-on prostate cancer Cyclotek (Aust) Pty Ltd
GE Healthcare Australia Pty Limited
Macquarie University
Prostate cancer accounts for 19% of all new cancers in Australia and costs around $5.5Bn per annum. 85% of the costs are associated with morbidity and mortality, which can be reduced enormously by a gold standard diagnostic. This project will deliver two significant outcomes: 1) A gold standard diagnostic for prostate cancer that is clinically and economically superior to current tests. 2) An innovation pipeline for development validation of new radio-pharmaceuticals for clinical imaging. 1/10/2017 - 30/9/2020 $1,700,000 $4,445,000
Optimising Nitrogen Recovery in Intensive Animal Production Facilities Coomboona Holdings Pty Ltd
CAF Consulting Services Pty Ltd
The Trustee for The Ming Family Trust
CHM Alliance Pty Ltd
The University of Melbourne
Intensive dairy, pork and poultry industries share the common practice of housing animals through all or part of their productive life. This leads to a concentration of animal waste, high nitrogen loss, detrimental environmental impacts, and health risks. The project will develop cost-effective commercial management of waste for long-term sustainable intensification of the industries, while increasing agricultural productivity, protecting natural resources, and producing high value fertilisers. 1/11/2017 - 30/10/2020 $2,469,431 $7,692,531
High-resolution Real-time Airborne Gravimetry CMG Operations Pty Ltd
Airship Solutions Pty Ltd
Curtin University
Airborne Research South Australia Limited
Geoscience Australia
Geosoft Australia Pty Ltd
Intuitive Machines LLC
University of Texas Institute for Geophysics
This project will dramatically improve the spatial resolution of airborne gravity data by integrating a new lightweight gravimeter with breakthrough NASA technology. The target is to reduce the resolution of the system from kilometres to hundreds of metres. The integrated technology will also remove range limitations of existing GPS-based technology, and will allow transmission of processed gravity data to project managers in real-time, allowing them to interactively optimise flight patterns. 1/10/2017 - 30/9/2019 $1,996,200 $6,569,290
A standardised power conversion module for ocean energy applications BioPower Systems Pty Ltd
C.N.C. Design Pty Ltd
Hydac Pty Ltd
The University of Adelaide
This project will design and build the next generation O-Drive, a power hub for multiple ocean energy converters (wave or tidal currents). It is a hydraulic and electric power hub, converting hydraulic energy coming from wave energy converters (WEC) or tidal current devices, and delivering electricity to the grid. O-Drive2 is compatible with different WEC technologies, such as heaving buoys and oscillating pitching devices, allowing them to connect into it simultaneously to build a wave energy farm. 1/1/2018 - 30/6/2020 $2,100,000 $4,641,750

Successful CRC Projects Round 2

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Large Area Perovskite Photovoltaic Material Coating on Glass Substrate Dyesol Ltd
CSR Building Products Ltd
This project will develop large-area coating for perovskite solar cell layers, a game-changing 3rd-gen renewable energy innovation, that has projected costs much lower than current photovoltaic cells. 1/4/2017 - 30/9/2018 $2,500,000 $7,182,500
High power density motors incorporating advanced manufacturing methods magniX Technologies Pty Ltd
Ferra Engineering Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
This project will manufacture an electric motor through optimised motor design, thermal management and advanced materials suitable for aircraft propulsion. 2/3/2017 - 29/2/2020 $2,500,000 $12,055,208
Development of New and Unique Super High Oleic Biobased Oil GO Resources Pty Ltd
Kalyx Australia Pty Ltd
The Trustee for Old Paroo Trust
Cargill Australia Ltd
Swinburne University of Technology
Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources
Emery Oleochemicals
This project will develop a new and unique biodegradable and renewable biobased oil that has the potential to replace industrial products produced from fossil fuel oils such as lubricants and plastics. 1/4/2017 - 30/9/2019 $3,000,000 $10,170,754
Advanced Manufacturing of High Performance Building Envelope Systems CSR Building Products Ltd
INHABIT Australasia Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
This project will develop safer, more sustainable and more durable facade systems, which exhibit significantly enhanced air/water tightness, resistance to extreme loads and life cycle energy performance. 15/3/2017 - 29/2/2020 $3,000,000 $10,635,000
Bespoke lightweight automotive carbon fibre composite seats Quickstep Automotive Pty Ltd
Futuris Automotive Interiors (Australia) Pty Ltd
Deakin University
    $1,425,000 $3,466,875
Targeting tropomyosin as a novel anti-cancer therapy Novogen Ltd
I C P – Firefly Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
This project will create improved clinical chemotherapy products for advanced metastatic disease that selectively destroy cancer cells using anti-tropomyosin drugs. 1/3/2017 - 29/2/2020 $3,000,000 $7,450,000
Novel Glass Technologies and Photovoltaics in Protected Cropping ClearVue Technologies Ltd
Edith Cowan University
Apex Greenhouses (Australia) Pty Ltd
This project will develop and demonstrate cost-effective self-sustaining glasshouses that enable selective control of light radiation, to maximise crop yield, while producing and storing electricity for functions such as heating, air conditioning, water filtration and irrigation. 1/4/2017 - 31/3/2020 $1,620,470 $5,044,459
An integrated modelling system for navigational aid in tidal inlets OMC International Pty Ltd
Pivot Maritime International Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
MetOcea Solutions Ltd
The project will use new ocean physics to develop an integrated modelling system to improve navigational aid systems and maritime safety whilst providing economic benefits to shipping. 20/3/2017 - 29/2/2020 $425,180 $1,881,500
Field deployable unit for the detection of Perfluorinate contaminants Envirolab Services Pty Ltd
KD Analytical Australia Pty Ltd
University of Tasmania
This project will develop an effective near real-time analysis tool for contaminated site assessment that will monitor drinking water and waste water treatment efficacy for perfluorinated contaminants. 1/3/2017 - 29/2/2020 $2,830,392 $7,487,509
Universal Solar Module Inspection and Data Storage System BT Imaging Pty Ltd
PV Lighthouse Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
PV Lab Australia Pty Ltd
Epho Pty Limited
DNV GL Group
This project will reduce the failure rate of photo voltaic (PV) solar modules through the development of a proprietary inspection hardware unit, global PV module defect database & big data analytics that will enable testing of solar modules after manufacturing and before installation. 27/3/2017 - 28/2/2019 $1,840,739 $4,399,467
Targeted therapy for sleep apnoea: A novel personalised approach Oventus Medical Ltd
Medical Monitoring Solutions Pty Ltd
Western Sydney University
Neuroscience Research Australia
This project will improve the efficacy, compliance and monitoring of sleep apnoea therapy using a tailored suite of treatments to suit the needs of the individual patients. 1/4/2017 - 31/3/2020 $2,950,000 $10,772,924
Enhanced market agility for the Australian tea tree industry ATTIA Ltd
Southern Cross University
University of the Sunshine Coast
Offco Pty Ltd
P Guinane Pty Ltd
Vitroflora Pty Ltd
Narromine Transplants Pty Ltd
Cassegrain Tea Tree Oil Pty Ltd
Main Camp Natural Extracts Pty Ltd
Kilkie Pty Ltd
Phyllis O’Sullivan, John Murtagh & Michael Flanagan
L Rose & RA Rose
This project will develop new market driven tea tree cultivars, reducing the long product-to-market time lead time and transforming the Australian Tea Tree industry to ensure ongoing access to key markets and the industry’s long-term viability. 1/7/2017 - 30/6/2020 $598,992 $2,272,709
Tech-enabled Care Pathways for Head Trauma Neural Diagnostics Pty Ltd
GE Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd
Monash University
This project will develop affordable and efficient care pathways for concussion and head trauma treatment extending from the playing field to recovery by verifying and/or validating the ability of innovative electrophysiological and magnetic-based neurotechnologies to measure changes in the brain after injury, including changes in cognitive function and/or the emergence of psychological symptoms. 14/6/2017 - 14/5/2020 $2,200,000 $8,112,500
Industrialisation of a novel diagnostic biosensor for bladder cancer SMR Automotive Australia Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
Flinders University
Maddern & Catt Unit Trust
The Trustee for the Pro Health Care Hope Valley Unit Trust
This project will create manufacturing capability for a non-invasive point of care diagnostic device for the early detection of urothelial cancers. 7/9/2016 - 29/2/2020 $2,430,356 $9,246,468
Wear life extension via surface engineered laser cladding for mining LaserBond Ltd
Boart Longyear Ltd
University of South Australia
This project will develop and deploy new surface engineered materials and application technologies to the drilling tools and rig used for exploration and extraction of mining resources. 21/3/2017 - 28/2/2020 $2,616,000 $8,266,000
Graphene Supply Chain Certification Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd
Agilent Technologies Australia (M) Pty Ltd
Swinburne University of Technology
Australian Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd
Duromer Products Pty Ltd
This project will develop an Australian graphene characterisation and certification capability that will underpin product development and enable Australian SMEs to access new global advanced manufacturing supply chains. 1/4/2017 - 31/3/2020 $943,937 $4,321,866
Power Efficient Wastewater Treatment Using Graphene Oxide Technology Clean Teq Ltd
Iconic Industries Pty Ltd
Monash University
This project will provide the scientific basis for modified graphene oxide adsorbents and membranes that will be used to clean wastewater and recover valuable organics 13/3/2017 - 17/9/2018 $632,285 $1,661,785

Successful CRC Projects Round 1

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
The future integrated driver monitoring solution for heavy vehicles Seeing Machines Limited
Monash University
Ron Finemore Transport Services Pty Ltd
The project will develop a driver monitoring concept that will enhance the way the freight industry can monitor and improve driver safety and wellbeing. It will promote Australia as an industry leader in the global freight sector and a world leader in driver state sensing. 1/7/2016 - 28/6/2019 $2,250,000 $6,515,000
Hydrocarbon fuel technology for hypersonic air breathing vehicles DefendTex Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
The University of Queensland
Commonwealth Department of Defence
Teakle Composites
Universität der Bundeswehr
The project will develop new liquid hydrocarbon fuel technology for hypersonic air breathing engines (scramjets) and to support the commercialisation of Australian designed scramjet engines. 1/7/2016 - 30/6/2019 $2,484,509 $9,474,798
Printed solar films for value-added building products for Australia Solafast Pty Ltd
Norwood Industries Pty Ltd
The project will develop a new-to-the-world premium roofing product which takes advantage of the unique features of printed solar films (flexible, lightweight, low cost) and integrates them into an innovative, easy and safe to install roofing product for large-span commercial structures. 1/7/2016 - 30/6/2018 $1,604,633 $3,321,250
Translational R&D to accelerate sustainable omega-3 production Qponics Limited
Nutrition Care Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
The project will translate proof-of-concept technologies to achieve sustainable, organic production of omega-3 fatty acids from microalgae, including CO2 and recycling and power generation from solar panels and biogas, into a commercial-scale production process. 1/10/2016 - 30/9/2018 $1,000,000 $4,393,000
CRC-P for Innovative Prefabricated Building Systems Speedpanel Australia Ltd
Speedpanel International Ltd
The University of Melbourne
The project will develop an innovative panelised building system using advanced manufacturing techniques for faster and cheaper construction that will be light-weight, easy to construct, reusable, recyclable, and have better load resistance and a lower carbon footprint. 1/7/2016 - 30/6/2019 $3,000,000 $12,000,000
An antibody based in vitro diagnostic for metastatic cancer. Chemocopeia Pty Ltd
Innoviron Pty Ltd
360 Biolabs Pty Ltd
The project will develop production and characterise antibodies that measure a parameter for metastases. This technology will be used to develop a prognostic assay for metastatic disease diagnosis. 1/7/2016 - 30/6/2017 $582,500 $1,174,220
High performance optical telemetry system for ocean monitoring Zedelef Pty Ltd
The University of New South Wales
Thales Underwater Systems Pty Ltd
The project will design and develop high-performance telemetry systems for ocean monitoring purposes and support the commercialisation of new classes of distributed array sonars, which will be of great economic value and of fundamental relevance to national security. 1/7/2016 - 30/6/2018 $764,320 $3,236,320
Combined carbon capture from flue gas streams and mineral carbonation Orica Limited
Mineral Carbonation International Pty Ltd
The University of Newcastle
Greenmag Group Pty Limited
The project will develop a mineral carbonation process for directly capturing and storing CO2 from raw flue gas and building a research pilot plant to prove the viability and investigate commercial potential to transform CO2 into stable solid carbonates for industry. 1/7/2017 - 30/6/2020 $2,402,390 $8,277,401
Strengthening Australia’s radiopharmaceutical development capabilities Clarity Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd
The Trustee for Virgo Unit Trust
The University of Queensland
The project will develop new capabilities and processes to deal with innovative technologies, methodologies and products for clinical trials in nuclear medicine. This project will focus on a trial in children’s cancer using SARTATE™ and aims to develop new regulatory and manufacturing capabilities in Australian hospitals, research centres and service providers. 1/10/2016 - 30/9/2019 $2,513,000 $6,553,000
Innovation in Advanced Multi-Storey Housing Manufacture Lendlease Development Pty Limited
University of Sydney
Lendlease Timber Solutions Pty Ltd
Keesteel Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd
The project will develop prefabricated multi-storey housing solutions that use high-tech, renewable materials and advanced manufacturing processes. The project represents a great opportunity to bring innovation to the residential construction market in response to demand for affordable and diverse housing solutions. 1/7/2016 - 30/6/2019 $3,000,000 $7,305,000
Future Oysters CRC-P Australian Seafood Industries Pty Limited
Select Oyster Company Pty Ltd
Oysters Australia Ltd
South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions
Fisheries Research & Development Corp University of Tasmania
University of the Sunshine Coast
Macquarie University
NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development
The Flinders University of South Australia
The University of Newcastle
The University of Adelaide
University of Technology Sydney
The Yield Technology Solutions Pty Ltd
The project will conduct research that will accelerate the breeding of disease resistant oysters, improving disease management, increasing productivity and profitability; and diversifying risks to allow the Australian oyster aquaculture industry to grow both domestically and globally. 1/9/2016 - 31/8/2019 $3,000,000 $11,186,189
*First organisation is the lead participant.