CRC Projects grant recipients

Successful CRC Projects Round 15

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant Amount Total Project Value
A digital manufacturing platform for high-performance composite structures New Frontier Technologies Pty Ltd
Geodrones Australia Pty Ltd
Australian National University
This project will deliver a digital manufacturing platform for carbon composite structures based on innovative design, automated and additive manufacturing, 3D data visualisation and analysis, and high-fidelity performance simulation. A feature of the project will be the use of automated composite manufacturing technology for scalable production of highly-tailored structures with capability for 3D digital twinning that will enable digital certification of safety-critical structures. Demonstrators will include rotor blades for heavy-lift helicopter drones for defence and civil applications, and structures for precision instrumentation that remain dimensionally stable in extreme temperature environments. 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2025 $1,239,431 $3,119,131
Airborne quantum sensors for resources and environmental monitoring Q-CTRL Pty Ltd
CMG Operations Pty Ltd
Australian National University
This project brings together two leading Australian SMEs and a top-tier research institute to address critical industry-identified challenges in geophysical surveying. We focus on building novel technology for airborne gravity surveys that leverages recent advances in quantum sensors and signal processing. Our approach will be validated through the first Australian airborne trials of these next generation quantum devices. This will provide new sovereign capabilities in quantum sensing while delivering major value to Australia's mineral exploration and water monitoring sectors, aligning with the National Reconstruction Fund “Value-Add in Resources” priority and Science & Research priorities in “Resources” and “Soil & Water”. 1 Feb 2024 – 31 Jan 2026 $2,005,463 $4,311,854
A scalable conversion system to upcycle hard-to-recycle wastes to graphene E.Q. Plastics Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Rapid Auto Workshop Pty Ltd
EQ Plastics, partnered with RMIT and Rapid Auto, pioneers a ground-breaking initiative aimed at developing a semi-automated conversion system to convert kg-scaled hard-to-recycle plastics and tyre waste into graphene in minutes. Through developing an upscaled rapid arc-discharge pyrolysis system, the project promises a swift and environmentally friendly approach to waste conversion. This venture not only reduces the burden on landfills but also yields high-value graphene, a material with extensive applications in electronics and renewable energy sectors. The project is a step toward fostering a green ecosystem and offers lucrative new avenues for business, thus promoting technology investment and enabling a sustainable circular economy. 1 Apr 2024 – 31 Mar 2027 $3,000,000 $7,097,444
Edge-AI-enabled gastrointestinal endomicroscope with subcellular resolution Optiscan Pty Ltd
Hydrix Pty Ltd
Design & Industry Pty Ltd
Helios Dr. Horst Schmidt Kliniken Wiesbaden GmbH
This project will develop a miniature digital microscopy probe that can fit biopsy channels of most endoscopes and provide real-time, slide-free images with sub-cellular resolution. The system will be powered by an artificial intelligence (AI) engine to automatically detect and analyse dysplastic cells. It will allow clinicians to conduct real-time GI endomicroscopy examinations and thereby initiate immediate medical intervention if abnormalities are detected, which will significantly increase the chances of successful treatment and improve the prognosis of patients. Such a GI platform will open much larger market segment for Australia’s biomedical industry, as well as a continual revenue stream through digital pathological services. 1 Feb 2024 – 31 Jan 2027 $3,000,000 $9,236,713
World-first compact 3D LiDAV: High Precision Navigation Everywhere Advanced Navigation Pty Ltd
University of Technology Sydney
CMG Operations Pty Ltd
Our project will develop a navigation sensor measuring velocity in 3D, creating a revolutionary compact, lightweight and low cost solution delivering precision that is not possible within the same size and weight constraints.
Significant R&D of Hardware, Software and Algorithm will transition the tech from laboratory to commercial product.
Sensor designs will be tested and validated in a range of real world environments on ground vehicles, drones & light aircraft, and be compliant with defence and commercial industry standards.
Addressing a market gap across a range of terrestrial applications, the project will enhance SME project partners' global competitiveness and help build Australia’s sovereign capability in the high end UAV market.
1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2025 $1,064,739 $3,198,982
SiPHyR: A new technology for affordable net-zero hydrogen production 1414 Degrees Limited
The University of Adelaide
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Vulcan Steel (Australia) Pty Ltd
Woodside Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
This project will demonstrate the feasibility of a breakthrough lower-carbon hydrogen production technology “SiPHyR”, featuring a patent-pending reactor that uses stored renewable heat. It decomposes methane via pyrolysis yielding hydrogen and solid carbon, but no CO2 emissions. SiPHyR is scalable, with strong potential to produce net-zero hydrogen continuously for ~US$1/kg. The project will de-risk and accelerate SiPHyR’s commercialisation with a prototype demonstration and by addressing challenges in methane pyrolysis, to enable Australia’s transition to lower-carbon hydrogen.
1 Apr 2024 – 31 Mar 2027 $2,500,000 $5,224,100
Cost-Effective, Pain-Free Treatment for Vision Loss in the Elderly Filamon Pty Ltd
Macular Disease Foundation Australia
University of New South Wales
Zeng, Jun
Wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) is the main cause of blindness in the elderly, affecting 1 in 7 Australians >50 years of age, accounting for 50% of community blindness, considerably constraining independent living and becoming an increasingly major cost of aged care. Current treatments (monthly injections into the eyeball) fail to work in 1 in 3 patients, are painful, carry side-effects and lead to a high drop-out rate. UNSW has identified a drug with evidence of being superior to current drugs and with potential for self-administration by eyedropper. Filamon and UNSW are working together on a cost-effective, pain-free, non-invasive treatment that has the capacity to revolutionise the management of this debilitating disease. 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2026 $2,365,662 $4,877,250
Vertiia eVTOL Autonomous Firefighting Trials AMSL Aero Pty Ltd
The University of Sydney
Mission Systems Pty Ltd
Pay's Air Service Holdings Pty Ltd
Vertiia is an Australian designed and built electric Vertical Take off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft that is in development for casualty evacuation, cargo and passenger applications. The prototype is remotely piloted and zero emissions. This project will take that prototype and develop it further as an autonomous firefighting drone. This includes developing firefighting operating concepts for eVTOL aircraft, integration of water tanks, continued development of autonomy systems, regulatory approvals and conduct of flight tests.
The outcome will be a prototype autonomous firefighting aircraft able to operate form small clearings and is able to deliver about 500L of water onto fires, with CASA approvals that will allow that operation.
1 Jan 2024 – 30 Jun 2026 $3,000,000 $7,044,155
Automated infection diagnostics for safe and healthy communities Avicena Systems Ltd
Biopoint Pty Limited
Department of Defence
St Vincent’s Care Service Ltd
Healius Pathology Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
Swift and precise detection of infection in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals is critical in higher-risk settings such as aged & health care, maritime industries, and defence scenarios.
This initiative aims to amplify Avicena’s automated diagnostic/biosecurity platform.
Driven by novel biochemistry from UNSW/Biopoint, the new platform will be faster than conventional gene-based tests, offering a highly (>99%) accurate and scalable substitute for lab-based (PCR) diagnostics, with low running costs.
Validated in a commercial aged care setting, the results will accelerate market adoption, and unlock fresh opportunities in a global $10 B p.a. market for two Australian SMEs and their high-value diagnostics tests & platform.
1 Feb 2024 – 31 Jan 2026 $3,000,000 $7,043,684
Round Like A Record: Vinyl & The Circular Economy. The Trustee for JWR Group Trust
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Vinyl Council of Australia
Welvic Australia Pty Ltd
Bygen Pty Ltd
Ouroboros Pty Ltd
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a versatile and durable material with many applications, from water pipes to wire insulation, and is indispensable to modern life. Australians consume ~500,000 tonnes of PVC annually and produce ~200,000 tonnes of end-of-life (EoL) PVC. Unfortunately, less than 5% of this is recycled. PVC derives its versatility from its many different formulations and additives. However, this means conventional recycling methods are ineffective as EoL PVC is an inherently mixed waste stream. This project will develop an environmentally friendly dissolution technique to separate PVC from other components in the waste matrix to produce near virgin-grade PVC for reuse in new applications. 1 Jan 2024 – 24 Dec 2026 $3,000,000 $7,069,253
StrepSure™: An ultrasensitive biosensor for protecting newborns from GBS Nexsen Biotech Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Atomo Diagnostics Pty Ltd
Northern Health
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria are carried by an estimated one in five expecting mothers. GBS infection can cause serious complications, leading to preterm births, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths. This project will drive the development and clinical validation of StrepSure™, an innovative, low-cost sensor technology for ultrasensitive, accurate and rapid diagnosis of GBS in point-of-care settings. The outcomes will allow NexSen Biotech, a mission-driven entity focussed on improving women's health to take this cutting-edge diagnostic technology from the labside to the bedside and the market. This will empower clinicians to timely intervene by easily and accurately detecting GBS in expecting mothers, preventing serious complications. 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2026 $2,998,701 $7,693,864
Commercialisation of an Automated Mobile EOL Solar PV Panel Recovery Plant KGM Services Pty Ltd
Circular Solar Solutions Pty Ltd
Deakin University
The University of Newcastle
C & C Bruin Enterprises Pty Ltd
As photovoltaic (PV) adoption surges both in Australia and worldwide, the end-of-life (EoL) management of these panels is vital, requiring the development of innovative, low-emission technologies. This project aims to commercialise sustainable EoL solutions for PV panels. Using patented methods from our past research, the project will assess the potential for reuse and to separate non-functional panels into uncontaminated components. This provides pathways for repurposing valuable materials, such as reintegrating the critical mineral silicon into new PV panels and batteries and repurposing low-iron float glass for greenhouse applications. Furthermore, this project will enhance education and foster job creation within the circular economy 15 Jan 2024 – 15 Dec 2026 $1,200,000 $2,928,606
Upscaling a Novel Technology for Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries Oxleigh Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
Scimita Operations Pty Ltd
Envirostream Australia Pty Ltd
Worley Services Pty Limited
The Project is developing a novel process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. The technology processes the ‘black mass’ from waste batteries into precursor material that can be re-used to manufacture new lithium-ion batteries. Project partners - Oxleigh, the University of NSW, Scimita Operations, Envirostream Australia and Worley - are undertaking an $8.1 million collaborative venture to advance the development and commercialisation of the process.
The Project will fully develop and upscale a safe and environmentally sustainable process that can treat up to 5.5 tonnes/year of black mass from NMC-type lithium-ion batteries to recover at least 80% of the lithium, nickel, manganese, and cobalt metals as salts at greater than 90% purity.
1 Jan 2024 – 30 Jun 2026 $2,746,355 $8,097,242
Large-scale manufacturing of complex microbial therapeutics Cost-Bry Pty Ltd
Global Life Sciences
Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
Monash University
In 2022, BiomeBank achieved world-first approval for a faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) therapy; while life-changing for patients, scalability and consistency are limited. Cultured microbial therapies have the potential to revolutionise treatment of many diseases and represent a USD $1.65B global market by 2028. BiomeBank and Hudson have developed some of the most advanced approaches to microbial therapies but require infrastructure for large-scale biomanufacturing for domestic and global markets. This collaborative project will establish the facilities, processes and techniques for world-first, cost-effective production of complex microbial therapies, strengthening Australia’s leadership position in a rapidly growing field of therapy. 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2025 $2,147,887 $5,371,031
Ultrasound commercialization to deliver a novel product for cannulation Veintech Pty Ltd
South Metropolitan Health Service
Design & Industry Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Curtin University
Cannulation (needle insertion into veins) is vital in modern medicine for treatment and diagnosis. Annually, 2 billion intravenous cannulas are sold, but 40% fail initially, harming patients, reducing efficiency, and costing Australian healthcare $640 million. VeinTech's patented device, VeinWise, enhances vein imaging, addressing market gaps. It integrates imaging performance, human factors, and advanced manufacturing, backed by high quality research. VeinTech is at TRL4, with successful human testing, clinical usability and is moving towards commercialisation. This CRC-P involves an Australian Ultrasound Consortium to deliver a commercially manufacturable device, obtain regulatory clearance, and boost medtech manufacturing in Australia. 1 Feb 2024 – 31 Dec 2025 $1,745,362 $4,213,500
Advanced wireless charging infrastructure to electrify heavy-duty vehicles Ace Infrastructure Pty Ltd
Sea Electric Pty Ltd
Fleet Plant Hire Limited
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Swinburne University of Technology
Siemens Ltd
ARRB Group Ltd
Net Zero Stack Pty Ltd
Despite the reduction in emissions from cars, heavy vehicles (HVs) are predicted to continually increase their emissions to 22MTCO2 by 2030, which highlights the importance of electrifying this fleet. This project aims to implement an embedded dynamic wireless power transfer technology into roads, unlocking the uptake of electric trucks and buses. ACE Infrastructure will collaborate with leading researchers in electrical and materials engineering, and partner with international electrification providers (SIEMENS and SEA Electric) and road authority (ARRB) to build a world-first prototype on regional Australia roads. While contributing to a greener, safer and more efficient transport, electrifying HVs could save Australia $324B by 2050. 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2026 $3,000,000 $8,235,894
Improving Health Outcomes with a Smart Wearable Drug Delivery System Remagine Labs Pty Ltd
The Trustee for AK Clinical Trust
University of Melbourne
Monash University
36% of epilepsy patients have uncontrolled seizures, leading to 3X mortality, increased hospitalizations and reduced quality-of-life, a $12.3B cost to the Australian economy, primarily due to missed medications. Oral epilepsy drugs also cause side effects and adverse drug interactions. Our Smart Wearable Drug Delivery System, the world’s first to electronically deliver epilepsy drugs through the skin, the “Patch”, addresses these issues. We will develop the Patch and perform clinical studies with our clinician partners to prepare for regulatory approval. In parallel, we will explore partnerships with pharma companies and build our clinician support network, while researching ways to improve our platform and extend it to more complex drugs. 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2026 $3,000,000 $7,569,100
Industrialisation of dowel-laminated timber for building construction OZ Build Construction Pty Ltd
Oranik Pty Ltd
University of Technology Sydney
ITI (Victoria) Pty Ltd
Holmag AG
This project will establish an advance manufacturing facility for production of dowel laminated timber (DLT) for fully sustainable building construction. It will leverage our 6 years of state-of-the-art research on converting low grade and off cut timber to structural grade DLT as a new engineered product. The key activities include machine learning-based timber processing, autonomous panelisation, engineering and certification of DLT building, DLT building information modelling, and training. These will lead to development of novel hardware, software, guides, and domestic capabilities for a unique DLT factory, amplifying sustainability in timber and building industry and promoting the project collaborators for national and global impact. 29 Apr 2024 – 28 Apr 2027 $3,000,000 $7,442,531
DFNDR: Adaptive Cyber Security for Defence & Critical Infrastructure SMEs Ionize Pty Ltd
Cybermerc Pty Ltd
University of Canberra
Rising geopolitical tensions and competition are placing increasing strain on Australia’s supply chains. Whilst these effects are economy-wide, they are particularly pronounced for Defence and Critical Infrastructure SMEs, as these represent high-value targets. There is a widespread recognition of the need to invest in cyber security for these SMEs, but existing initiatives such as DISP and SOCI focus on qualitative self-assessment, documentation readiness and policy.
This project will develop a solution streamlining cyber threat detection, network defence, response and recovery for Defence and CI SMEs, producing a quantifiable uplift in their cyber security, whilst identifying attacks targeting SME industry verticals.
1 Feb 2024 – 30 Jun 2025 $3,000,000 $6,493,243
Machine Learning Driven Large-Scale Solar Panel Recycling Process PV Industries Pty Ltd
Resource Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
Spark Renewables Pty Ltd
Australia has installed over 100 million solar panels, boasting the highest per-capita penetration in the world. However, the surge of solar panel e-waste presents a challenge, as their stated 25-year lifespan can be shortened by various faults and defects that are hard and costly to detect manually. Globally, there is no efficient recycling solution to accommodate the exponential growth in solar panel waste, and lucrative end-markets for materials remain undeveloped. PV Industries, in collaboration with ReSource, UNSW, and Spark Renewables, is pioneering a large-scale, high-volume solar panel testing and recycling process from decommissioning to end-markets, utilising machine learning to optimise both environmental and economic outcomes. 8 Jan 2024 – 25 Dec 2026 $3,000,000 $10,072,187
At home bio-sensing device for the monitoring of fertility hormones Symex Labs Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Monash IVF Pty Ltd
The Actuator Operations Ltd
Infertility affects 1 in 6 Australians. Changing demographics and social practices are leading to a rise in the number of women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF). During each IVF cycle, clinicians need access to quantified hormonal data and rely on repeat blood tests which are costly for the provider, burdensome for patients and limiting for clinicians. This project will develop a biosensor-based home-use device to replace blood tests allowing IVF clinics to remotely and accurately receive timely hormone tracking data. This project will enable collaboration between clinical, research and commercialisation experts, taking a technology proven in the lab to a home-use medical device for fertility hormone quantification. 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2026 $1,000,000 $2,047,274

*First organisation is the lead partner.

Successful CRC Projects Round 14

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant Amount Total Project Value
AI-driven fused RGB and NIR hyperspectral vision for sorting waste plastics Advanced Circular Polymers Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
The Trustee for The Rea Business Trust
This project proposes a novel optical waste sorting technology with superior efficiency, fusing smart RGB and Short Wave Near Infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral vision system driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The current system for identifying and sorting systems have significant drawbacks since Near Infrared (NIR) sensors are less accurate when identifying plastics that are with labels, multi-layered, transparent, thin, or black colour. The proposed optical system with the new AIs has higher recovery rates and reduces valuable plastics going to landfills as residues. With the CRC-P funding, the project will commercialise innovative waste sorting and auditing systems and strengthen Australian recycling technologies and capabilities. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $2,400,000 $7,222,733
A platform for production of Targeted Alpha Therapies for cancer treatment Advancell Isotopes Pty Limited
The University of Queensland
iPHASE Technologies Pty Ltd
Targeted Alpha Therapy is widely expected to change the course of cancer treatment. In contrast to conventional radiation treatment, the method delivers more effective radiation directly to malignant cells with little collateral damage to healthy tissue.

AdvanCell has developed a small-footprint platform to produce a highly pure Lead-212 isotope that can be combined with cancer-targeting pharmaceuticals to deliver a payload to cancer cells. In collaboration with iPHASE Technologies and UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging, AdvanCell will undertake research and prototyping to scale and convert this technology to a high-yield, end-to-end radiopharmaceutical manufacturing platform to realise the considerable promise of Targeted Alpha Therapy.
1 Aug 2023 - 31 Jul 2026 $2,799,445 $5,825,412
Advancement of Australian lifestyle wines Australian Vintage Ltd
Drinkwise Australia Limited
The University of Adelaide
The Australian Wine Research Institute
Flavourtech Pty Limited
Tarac Technologies Pty Ltd
S. Smith & Son Pty Limited
Treasury Wine Estates Vintners Limited
Danstar Ferment AG
Mauri Yeast Australia Pty Limited
Chr. Hansen A/S
The Australian wine sector could be a leading global producer of ‘lifestyle wines’ – wines lower in alcohol and calories than traditional wines. To achieve this vision, industry-focused research is needed to produce, market and sell no- and low-alcohol (NOLO) wines that exceed consumer expectations. This CRCP will leverage the resources and expertise of a consortium of industry stakeholders (from across the supply chain) and world-renowned researchers to address key NOLO winemaking challenges: microbial stability and shelf-life, flavour capture and re-use, mouthfeel and textural deficiencies, and the image of NOLO wine. This multi-faceted approach will deliver growth in global markets, and therefore economic benefits for the wine industry. 1 Jan 2024 - 18 Dec 2026 $2,997,599 $6,706,852
Growing Australia’s Cloud Gaming Industry with AI-assisted Network Boost Canopus Networks Pty Ltd
Pentanet Limited
University of NSW
Australian game studios that produce animation, sound, music and cinematography, are a high-growth sector contributing $226.5M to the local economy. Cloud gaming has the potential to expand the digital games industry manifold, but is stymied by its high demand on network bandwidth. Canopus Networks, a high-tech SME specialising in artificial intelligence based analytics of high-speed network traffic, will partner with Pentanet, a local ISP and operator of cloud gaming, and research partner UNSW Sydney to develop and commercially launch a novel on-demand network boost capability. This project will enhance Australian AI capability, accelerate cloud gaming adoption globally, and benefit Australia’s game studios and creative digital economy. 1 Jul 2023 - 31 Dec 2025 $2,000,000 $4,500,000
Quantum computing controllers based on cryo-CMOS Diraq Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Perceptia Devices Australia Pty Ltd
This project solves a critical bottleneck to the development of full-scale quantum computers, and in doing so puts Diraq, along with UNSW and Perceptia, in a position to deliver world-changing impact. Diraq uses CMOS technology to make qubits. We will leverage its inherent integration potential to create a Quantum Control Unit (QCU) which can be directly integrated with Diraq’s Quantum Logic Unit (QLU), at scale. The technology delivered will grant Diraq, along with its partners, a clear roadmap into the quantum computer market, predicted to eventually be worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually. The project will also augment local expertise in cryogenic electronics, which is in high demand in the emerging quantum computing market. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $3,000,000 $6,878,149
Innovative Development of Biodegradable Healthcare Packaging Products Ecopha Biotech Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Santevation Pty Ltd
Refresh Waters Pty Ltd  
The biodegradable plastic packaging market expands at a CAGR of 17% from 2022 to 2030, driven by the rising need for sustainable packaging, strict regulations and growing consumer preference for eco-friendly plastic. ECOPHA BIOTECH is leading this CRC-P application in developing sustainable healthcare packaging (SHP) products from using biodegradable polymer polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)s to replace petroleum-based plastics, as part of its business direction towards medical market of using its canola oil fermented eco-friendly PHAs. These SHP products are applicable to markets such as drug delivery/pharmaceutical, diagnostics and orthopaedics and will contribute significantly to clean up healthcare plastic waste (1.25 million tons/year). 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $3,000,000 $6,681,000
Creating construction materials from thermal treatment facility wastes Enviropacific Services Pty Limited
University of NSW
Flexiroc Australia Pty Ltd
Membrane Systems Australia Pty Ltd
To move towards a circular economy in Australia, the National Waste Policy Action Plan is targeting an 80% average recovery rate from all waste streams by 2030, as well as to significantly increase the use of recycled content across governments and industry. In 2020-21, 59% of treated hazardous waste was disposed of to landfill. Enviropacific, UNSW, Flexiroc Australia and Membrane Systems Australia will commercialise technologies to convert wastes from thermal treatment facilities and soil washing residues into value-added products for construction. It will create new reuse pathways, increase waste recovery rates, replace existing raw building materials, upskill project partners and industry, and contribute to a circular economy. 1 Sep 2023 - 31 Aug 2026 $2,778,768 $6,380,721
Tissue-specific extracellular matrices for 3D cell and organoid culture Gelomics Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
The Samin Family Trust
This project will develop, validate, and scale-up tissue-specific biomaterials for 3D cell and organoid culture, and an AI-powered photocuring device which will enable scientists to generate human-like microtissues in a petri-dish. The resulting ready-to-use cell culture products will provide an advanced model of human biology with unmatched translational and predictive value, reduce the need for animal experimentation, and drastically improve the efficacy of pharmaceutical drug development. The project will significantly strengthen the partners' international competitiveness and position Australia as a leader in the rapidly growing tissue engineering and pharmaceutical drug development technologies markets. 1 Dec 2023 - 1 May 2026 $1,148,337 $2,296,711
EDGy: Developing High-performing Satellite Control System Stellar Gyros Gilmour Space Technologies Pty. Ltd.
Macquarie University
Western Sydney University
Lintek Pty Limited
No one in Australia builds or sells star trackers for satellite systems. The Project aims to develop a stellar rate gyro that uses an event-based detector to view the star field to produce precise rotation measurements. Development of this Event Detection Gyro (EDGy) prototype will follow a plan to define, design and refine the sensor, software, electronics, system components and performance in space-like conditions. Gilmour Space will partner with Western Sydney University's International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems for the sensor, AAO Macquarie for the optics and Lintek for printed circuit board manufacture. The EDGy Project's goal is to take the first step towards a sovereign best-in-class star tracker. 1 Jul 2023 - 31 Dec 2024 $468,352 $1,437,057
Development of biobased biodegradable sustainable industrial lubricants GO Resources Pty Ltd
Central Queensland University
SLR (WA) Pty Ltd
The University of Wollongong
Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing Inc.
Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) Limited
Aussan Laboratories Pty Limited
Cassa Bio Tec Pty Ltd
GO Resources (‘GOR’) has an exclusive global licence from CSIRO to commercialise Super High Oleic Safflower Oil (SHOSO). A world-first biobased oil from genetically modified (GM) safflower seeds developed to address rising global concerns of over-reliance on petroleum-based products. Australian farmers have commercially grown GOR’s safflower for the past 3 years. GOR's aim is to develop SHOSO-based alternatives to petroleum products, focusing on the global industrial lubricants market. CRC-P industry/research collaboration and funding support will help the company to develop and validate a range of SHOSO-based lubricants for the rail, marine and transport industry, generating long-term benefits for Australian industry and bioeconomy. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $3,000,000 $8,237,479
Roll-to-roll production of ultra-low cost perovskite cells Greatcell Energy Limited Queensland University of Technology
First Graphene Limited
The project aims to commercialize ultra-low cost, flexible perovskite solar cells using roll-to-roll production. The key project outcomes include: replacement of high-cost conductor materials with cost effective carbon based composite materials and up-scaling the production process to allow high volume, ultra-low cost production of perovskite solar cells. This will facilitate the commercialization of perovskite photovoltaics in Australia using all Australian raw materials, improving energy security and providing significant job opportunities as a primary and enabling technology for other SMEs. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $2,028,773 $5,264,049
Accelerating exploration and extraction of renewable natural hydrogen H2EX Pty Ltd
Black & Veatch Australia Pty Ltd
The University of Adelaide
Australian National University
H2EX, an Australian-owned renewable natural hydrogen technology company, is partnering with The University of Adelaide, Australian National University, and Black & Veatch to undertake a project that will enable green and passive exploration techniques to accelerate the discovery of natural hydrogen. The research into extraction solutions will provide a clear pathway to drill and extract the lowest cost hydrogen, which is expected to be up to 75% cheaper than manufacturing hydrogen.

The Project will unlock important first-mover benefits for Australia within an emerging sector globally and create substantial export opportunities, while retaining Australia's competitive advantage and highly regarded technical and engineering expertise.
1 Aug 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $863,000 $2,086,100
Recycling composite wind turbine blades for circular economy Industrial Property Maintenance Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Dasma Environmental Pty Ltd
Climate-KIC Australia Ltd
Net Zero Stack Pty Ltd
Wind With Purpose Pty Ltd
Craft Fibreglass Composites Pty Ltd
Wind power is essential for clean energy worldwide and accounts for over 35% of Australia's green energy production. A major landfill waste stream from wind turbine blades (WTBs) (expected to be 30,000 tonnes by 2050) will be addressed in this project. IPM will collaborate with RMIT University and partners to develop a solvolysis co-processing treatment to recycle both thermoset resins and reinforced fibres in composite WTBs. The project outcomes include a pilot recycling facility equipped with a nationwide blockchain database of WTBs, a comprehensive life cycle cost and environmental analysis. The project also extends to complementary resources, such as tidal energy, for a complete circular economy model of the green energy sector. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $3,000,000 $6,326,034
Developing Sovereign Capabilities for Satellite Operations Inovor Technologies Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Neumann Space Pty Ltd
The SpIRIT satellite has been developed collaboratively between Australian SME’s and the University of Melbourne.

This project supports the National Reconstruction Fund’s Defence Capability and Enabling Capabilities by: a) optimising satellite in-orbit commissioning and operations; b) enabling R&D of industry-identified problems by analysing the satellite’s in-orbit performance with simulations and analysis undertaken on ground prior to launch.

It will a) improve the competitiveness of the SMEs in critical technologies and advanced manufacturing to compete in the global marketplace; b) mature Australian SME’s ability to deliver competitive sovereign capability to meet the needs of the Australian Space Agency and Department of Defence.
3 Jul 2023 - 31 Dec 2024 $1,963,821 $5,280,808
Vertically integrated battery anode material development program iTech Minerals
METS Engineering Group Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
iTech is working with UniSA and METS Engineering on a vertically integrated battery anode material development program. The first stage of the program is development of a flowsheet for production of battery anode material from the Sugarloaf prospect within the Campoona Graphite Project (all together, the Project). This flowsheet will cover the efficient recovery of microcrystalline flake graphite from ore, achieve 99.8% graphite purity suitable for lithium-ion batteries, and spheronisation of the graphite allowing for greater efficiency in battery use Once complete, the resulting flowsheet is intended to produce ultra-pure, spherical graphite to feed the growing renewable energy and battery materials market. 1 Aug 2023 – 31 July 2025 $514,130 $1,123,880
3D printing houses in extreme and remote locations using local materials Luyten 3D Pty Ltd University of NSW
Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd
If we want to address affordability, quality of stock and adequate conditions of housing in Australia’s remote areas, then different manufacturing technologies need to be developed, removing logistics as a bottleneck, bring manufacturing on site, and built with locally sourced zero-carbon/-kilometre materials. Our project is a response to the needs of the mining sector and communities and addresses a critical aspect of the government’s commitment to deliver more homes for Australians with a technology that is already a focus of construction companies. Luyten, Hanson, and UNSW wish to partner under the CRC-P program to develop a 3D print system, with hard and software, to build houses faster and cheaper using local materials. 5 Sep 2023 - 29 Aug 2026 $2,993,626 $6,229,755
When Sharks Fly: Reducing fuel burn and emissions of commercial aircraft Microtau Pty Ltd.
Jetstar Airways Pty Limited
University of Melbourne
This project will develop, test, and validate a shark skin inspired ‘riblet’ film for commercial airliners that increases aerodynamic efficiency and is capable of preventing up to 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year in Australia alone. MicroTau, in partnership with Jetstar and the University of Melbourne, will validate the product’s fuel reduction capability, demonstrate its in-flight operation and long-term durability, ensure the product meets customer needs, and demonstrate effective deployment processes with minimal aircraft downtime. A series of flight trials will allow MicroTau to iteratively refine product design to achieve maximum ROI for customers. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $3,000,000 $7,537,259
The Neonav: Collaboration to deliver a novel device for safer newborn care Navi Medical Technologies Pty Ltd
The Royal Women’s Hospital
University of Melbourne
Design & Industry Pty Ltd
Not all babies are healthy at birth; some, especially those born too early, need intensive care. Thin, flexible tubes (catheters) are placed in sick babies’ blood vessels to deliver medications. Despite best efforts, catheters may not reach the desired location inside the patient, requiring procedures to be repeated. Navi is developing the Neonav, a medical device innovation that tracks the catheter location during and after the procedure. The Neonav recently received FDA Breakthrough Device Designation and will make care safer for babies. This project will deliver a commercially manufacturable medical device, generate clinical validation evidence for FDA clearance, and increase Australia’s medtech sovereign manufacturing capabilities. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $2,316,137 $6,285,043
Delivering allergen safe eggs to those suffering severe egg allergies. Omnisova Pty Ltd CSIRO
MAK Eggs Pty Ltd
Egg allergy is a global food safety problem that impacts ~40 million children worldwide. It is incredibly challenging to avoid allergic reactions that could lead to illness or even death. To date, there exists no safe solution other than to try and avoid egg containing food. We will develop a new line of chickens where a key protein responsible for allergic reactions, ovomucoid, has been eliminated and develop processing methods that destroy the remaining allergens, making it safe for consumption by those with egg allergies. With funding from CRC-P, we will be able create a new segment in the $0.8B AU egg market, allowing translation into the $375.92B world egg market and allow manufacture, at scale, of this life changing product. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $1,471,754 $3,745,366
In-Place Recovery: Solution mining of critical minerals Orica Australia Pty Ltd
The University of Adelaide
OZ Minerals Limited
Core Resources Pty Ltd
Mining operations need to embrace novel technologies to overcome the challenging dilemma of increased demand for critical minerals whilst committing to sustainability. In-Place Recovery allows for selective extraction of minerals without moving the rock mass to the surface, resulting in improved safety, lower cost, reduced energy and water consumption, and no tailings. This CRC-P investigates the feasibility of In-Place Recovery as an environmentally friendly solution through laboratory test work, development of an accurate modelling tool, and proof of concept via in-field demonstration. All partners will benefit from the established collaboration under the CRC-P framework and expand their capabilities for emerging mining methods. 18 Sep 2023 - 17 Sep 2026 $2,415,000 $5,978,578
Healing Australian Carbon Wounds Using Hemp Plantation and Construction Revox Australia Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Developing Sustainable Directions Proprietary Limited
Grow-Hydro Solutions Pty Ltd
Greenlab Australia Pty Ltd
Woodside Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
The Trustee for APR Trust
Industrial hemp plant sequesters 8-15 ton of CO2-e per hectare, twice as effective as forests. This project proposes to use hemp farming as a solution to offset carbon emissions by the Australian industry; and use the hemp plant as innovative timber alternative. Australia is facing a shortage in timber supply due to increased housing demand and bush fires and push to halt deforestation by 2030. This CRC-P aims to develop sustainable alternatives to timber products using well-established manufacturing technologies and innovative advanced processes. The proposed end-to-end approach will add value and efficiency by having visibility across the supply chain, leading to offsetting Australian industry's CO2 emissions and net-zero requirements. 1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $3,000,000 $7,981,294
A fire rated wall panel system for commercial and residential construction Speedpanel Holdings Pty Ltd
Deakin University
Formflow Pty Ltd
Speedpanel is Australia`s only supplier of a world-first fire rated wall system.
With Deakin University the company recently established the technology prerequisite for a new light-weight wall product. This CRC-P will introduce computer and test platforms to enable a first systematic approach to building product and manufacturing process design that is needed to rapidly develop and commercialise the new wall concept. Combining the computer support with new technologies for in-line shape monitoring established by FormFlow the partners will put in place a scalable high volume manufacturing cell to expand manufacturing operation and access a $340M market opportunity in Australia`s $60B high-rise building industry.
1 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2026 $1,427,672 $5,593,727
AI-Based Portable Digital Slit-lamp for Anterior Segment Eye Diseases Telemedc Pty Ltd
The University of Notre Dame Australia
Design & Industry Pty Ltd
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Globally, more than 70% of blindness is preventable. A key contributing factor is a lack of eye care professionals, particularly serving rural and remote Australia. This project will address this issue by developing a first-of-its-kind affordable and easy-to-use imaging device for assessing the eye, incorporating AI diagnostics to reduce the need for highly skilled operators. Our proposed solution is a portable digital slit lamp on a smartphone equipped with clinical AI tools to allow patients to be diagnosed, triaged accurately at primary care facilities and referred to eye specialists in a timely manner. CRC-P funding will be shared between partners with varied expertise for a successful commercial outcome. 1 Oct 2023 - 30 Sep 2025 $694,286 $1,388,573
AI driven design of custom in-space propulsion to extend satellite ability VXB Aerospace Pty ltd
The University of Sydney
GPC Electronics Pty Ltd
The satellite industry is growing rapidly, and spacecraft requirements are becoming more complex, demanding bespoke solutions to tackle new challenges. Propulsion devices are critical to support satellite applications, such as positioning, communications, and Earth observation for understanding climate change. Building on significant experience in satellite propulsion devices among our partners, the project will develop and demonstrate a new AI driven generative design capability to create bespoke propulsion solutions for satellites. Two propulsion systems will be developed and tested as part of the project to quantify the increases in satellite mobility and lifetime relative to heritage technology, expanding Australia’s space capabilities. 30 Jun 2023 - 15 Jul 2025 $636,736 $1,392,874

*First organisation is the lead partner.

Successful CRC Projects Round 13

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
AI-powered clinical decision assistance for acute stroke Apollo Medical Imaging Technologies Pty Ltd
Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research
Metro North Hospital and Health Services
Monash University
Pro Medicus Limited
In Australia, a new stroke occurs every 19 minutes. It is one of the nation’s biggest killers and a leading cause of major lifelong disability. Treating stroke is a complex and time-pressured task for clinicians. This CRC-P enables prominent industry and research experts to collaborate on developing new AI-powered clinical decision support systems. These will enable faster and better diagnosis and treatment selection for acute stroke. Improving treatment selection and speed is a key part of the overall plan for better stroke care for all Australians – metro, regional and rural. The Australian Stroke Alliance estimates the plan will contribute 235,000 years of healthy life, 1700 new jobs and $15.6 billion in economic benefits to Australia by 2050. 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2025 $2,968,535 $7,543,856
A novel therapeutic for the treatment of traumatic brain injury Argenica Therapeutics Pty Ltd
Auspep Holdings Limited
Connectivity Traumatic Brain Injury Australia Limited
Curtin University
The University of Adelaide
Sustained mild repeated (e.g. concussions) and moderate traumatic brain injury (collectively termed mrmTBI), is a serious public health issue across the globe, representing the greatest contribution to death and disability globally among all trauma-related injuries. Currently there are no pharmaceutical therapies available to these patients to reduce the impact on neurological outcomes. This project involves critical research to assess the efficacy of an Australian manufactured novel neuroprotective pharmaceutical, R18D, in protecting brain cells following mrmTBI. The project brings together Argenica, leading Australian research organisations, AusPep and others to collaborate on trying to solve this large unmet global health challenge. 1 Aug 2022 - 31 July 2024 $1,200,000 $2,764,607
Upcycling of Convoluted Subsea Flexible Flowlines Austech Telecomminications Pty Ltd
Orangestream Pty Ltd
Royal Medlbourne Institute of Technology
Shelf Sunsea Australian Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Woodside Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
Half of the oil and gas subsea facilities in Australia are close to reaching their end of life. There are currently 11 facilities and around 6000 km of flowlines to be decommissioned within the next 30 years. Decommissioned flowline waste will become a major disposal issue and environmental hazard. The project will drive the deployment of a new plant in Australia to upcycle this marine waste. An innovative process will be developed to recover steel and polymer materials the main constituents of flowlines. The funding for the CRC-P will provide essential support to develop the upcycling process and commercialise the recovered materials that would otherwise be landfilled. 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2025 $3,000,000 $7,673,449
Electric Conversion to fast track Zero Emissions Commercial Aviation Dovetail Electric Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd
Sydney Seaplanes Pty Ltd
Memko Aviation, Aerospace and Defence Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
The project will develop, flight test and certify the conversion to electric propulsion of a turboprop plane, to provide regional commuter services. Regional airports serve few passengers but their importance increases by making flying smaller aircraft greener (1 million tons CO2 saved p.a. based on Dovetail’s sizable market) and more affordable (40% lower operating costs) with electrification. The CRC-P will accelerate the certification for passenger service, making it more economical than a new aircraft. Only one company in the world to date, is converting the same aircraft into electric, with theirs a hybrid, not zero emissions. This will address an important market niche, enabling longer range flights with battery improvements. 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2025 $3,000,000 $12,796,130
Nanoparticle manufacturing and its application in brain cancer radiotherapy Ferronova Pty Ltd Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research Limited
Siemens Healthcare Pty Ltd
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited
The University of Sydney
University of South Australia
Ferronova is a SME developing super-paramagnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) for image guided cancer surgery and therapy. This vision aligns with Siemens, a global leader in cancer imaging and radiotherapy. Nanotechnology has been widely researched in oncology, but clinical translation has been limited by complex manufacturing and limited effectiveness in vivo. The CRC-P will address these issues to develop commercial scale manufacturing of Ferronova’s FerroTrace SPION platform, with the testbed being FerroTrace-FAPi, a preclinically validated theranostic product for image guided radiotherapy and proton therapy. The safety and effectiveness of FerroTrace-FAPi will be evaluated in a Phase 1b clinical trial in glioblastoma. 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2025 $3,000,000 $8,034,360
Advanced Rider Assistance Systems for Improved Road Safety of Motorcyclists Forcite Helmet Systems Pty Ltd
Harley-Davidson Australia Pty Limited
Western Sydney University
Macquarie University
University of Canberra
NSW Smart Sensing Network
Transport for NSW
APPRO Photoelectron Inc
Collision avoidance systems in cars are now common. Yet for motorcyclists, with 30 times higher fatality rates compared to other road users, similar technology is rare and ineffective. Australian SME, Forcite is uniquely positioned to solve this challenge, building on their current Smart Helmet System which provides navigation and alerts via audio and a safety-focused peripheral display. Through this CRC-P collaboration, Forcite will develop an advanced rider assistance system that can pre-empt hazards, enabling swift evasive action. Additionally, an evidence-based assessment of the technology’s impact on rider perception and performance is expected to become foundational guidance for the USD $1.2 billion smart helmets and rider safety markets. 1 Feb 2023 - 31 Dec 2025 $1,650,505 $5,654,275
Integrated CO2 Capture-Electrolysis for Production of Renewable Methanol Graphenex Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Skai Energies Pty Ltd
Australia faces significant challenges in achieving net-zero emissions while maintaining global competitiveness. The project will advance a transformative CO2 recycling technology that integrates carbon capture with electrolysis in one simple process. The new technology enables the utilisation of waste CO2 directly from industrial emissions or ambient air, to produce renewable methanol in an economically viable way. The project will focus on the design, construction, and operation of a pilot plant to demonstrate this technology under industrially relevant conditions. Outcomes of the project will facilitate commercial deployment of this technology and help transform Australian industry into a sustainable low-carbon future. 1 Dec 2022 - 30 Nov 2025 $2,000,000 $7,567,762
Machine Learning Driven Prediction for Prevention of Falls in Aged Care HomeGuardian.AI Pty Ltd
Villa Maria Catholic Homes Limited
Deakin University
HomeGuardian is a leader in fall detection technology; however, existing capability is limited to the device triggering an alert after a fall has occurred. HomeGuardian has identified an opportunity to identify indicators that occur prior to a fall, allowing carers to take preventative actions to reduce the likelihood of a fall. Using predictive indicators to reduce the incidence of falls would make the HomeGuardian device the first product in the global market to provide this functionality, increasing their competitiveness in a $21 trillion industry. Developing this technology requires collaboration between machine learning and practice development experts and testing in aged care settings to ensure efficacy and feasibility. 2 Jan 2023 - 19 Dec 2025 $2,650,000 $9,353,542
Manufacturing a new generation of Australian-made anti-parasite treatments I.A.H. Sales Pty Limited
Global Life Sciences Solutionas Australia Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
About two billion of the world’s poorest people and millions of livestock are infected with parasitic worms, causing a raft of serious problems ranging from malnutrition to death. Chemical treatments have been the only available control measure for 80 years and are rapidly becoming ineffective due to parasite resistance. Biologic treatments offer a solution but are costly to produce using traditional manufacturing methods.This project will make a biologic anti-parasite treatment at a speed, cost, and scale unmatched by other technologies. While tackling a serious health and food security issue, the project will also build Australia’s sovereign capacity to serve the rapidly growing global market for biologic medicines. 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2025 $1,902,196 $4,063,861
Next generation sensor for rapid detection of biosecurity threats & disease Iugotec Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
Waters Australia Pty Limited
Cab International
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
This project will protect Australian food and agricultural industries from increasingly complex biosecurity threats associated with global trade. We will harness unique miniaturised technology for ultra-trace gas sensing and artificial intelligence to detect invasive pests at the border, improving Australia’s climate resilience, and preventing multi-billion dollar economic impacts. The broad commercial opportunity for our novel sensing technology includes non-invasive medical diagnostics and real-time animal health and welfare monitoring applications. Key project activities will address limitations with current sensing technology to improve chemical sensitivity, selectivity, cost and ease-of-use. 4 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2025 $1,547,023 $3,526,715
A novel and sustainable lift technology for low-emission gas production MPC Group Pty Ltd
Flowdyne Pty Ltd
The University of Newcastle
Natural gas, besides its current $50 billion contribution to the Australian’s trade balance and use as a domestic transitional source of energy, is the feed for producing zero-emission pyrolytic hydrogen and graphite. Both these materials are key to zero-emission future economy. This, however, relies on innovative and low-emission technologies in the gas industry.
This project seeks to demonstrate on a commercial gas well, a sustainable lift technology for replacing conventional downhole pumps, which often fail at a significant replacement cost, loss of energy and environmental impact.
Annual savings of hundreds of millions of dollars are expected from reduced downtime and labour, and by eliminating methane emission on workovers.
1 Mar 2023 - 31 Aug 2024 $785,950 $1,590,000
Fast and Secure Crypto Payments for E-Commerce Merchants Novatti Group Limited
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Hashkloud Pty Ltd
Thankq solutions Pty Ltd
Swyftx Pty Ltd
The global Cryptocurrency (Crypto) market is an emerging means of exchange, valued at $3.12 trillion, with a 21% increment in daily transactions (2020-21). Despite the size and growth, diverse security and operational impediments pertinent to the currencies’ liquidity and safety limit its usability. This project will develop a digital platform consisting of novel anti-fraud and anti-money laundering techniques, to align Crypto transactions with traditional payment options such as credit cards. It will allow consumers, merchants, and exchanges to acquire, verify and transfer Crypto with trust and scalability while conducting daily business. Thus, it will modernise Australian industries to take the lead in leveraging such currencies globally. 5 Jan 2023 - 30 Nov 2025 $2,314,813 $6,084,269
Solving the plastics crisis with infinite recycling Samsara Recycling Pty Limited
Woolworths Group Limited
Australian National University
Samsara has developed a revolutionary technology that can infinitely recycle plastics and textiles. The technology converts polymers into their building blocks (monomers), that can be used to produce virgin-quality plastic, or upcycled to more valuable commodities, ensuring that plastics no longer need to be made from fossil fuels and won’t end up in landfills or in our oceans. Consumers, industry and government are all committed to solving the problem of plastic waste, but current recycling technology is not effective. This CRC-P will enable the application of Samsara’s technology to mixed plastics and commercialise Samsara’s research via an R&D facility, generating jobs, economic growth and an advanced recycling industry for Australia. 1 Sep 2022 - 31 Aug 2025 $2,561,729 $7,762,876
Circular economy for upcycling waste polystyrene into high-valued chemicals Sebstainable Pty Ltd
Ikon Waste Solutions Pty Ltd
Bygen Pty Ltd
BASF Australia Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Polystyrene (PS) and expanded PS (EPS) waste are stockpiling in Australia. EPS’s low density makes transport to recycling centres uneconomical where only a small fraction is recycled into low-value products. The rest enters landfills causing economic and environmental problems. New processes to upcycle PS/EPS into market-ready high-value products are needed. This project will develop a novel industrial process to convert PS/EPS waste into high-valued material (styrene monomer) and activated carbon by a portable energy-efficient catalytic pyrolysis reactor. Deploying the system on-site at PS/EPS waste production points reduces recycling costs, and creates value from waste, jobs, new market opportunities, and sovereign capability for Australia. 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2025 $3,000,000 $6,646,165
Expanding vaccine biomanufacturing capability for Australian biosecurity Sementis Limited
Global life Sciences Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
DMTC Limited
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia highlighted the need for sovereign capability in the development of vaccine technology and the rapid manufacture and deployment of targeted vaccines. While Australia has invested significantly in the development of mRNA vaccine platforms, there remains a limited national range of other later-stage vaccine technologies. Sementis has recently developed what is the most advanced viral vector vaccine platform in Australia. This project aims to harness the global potential of this platform through the ability to manufacture Sementis vaccines in Australia, at call, at scale and for rapid deployment. 1 Nov 2022 - 31 Oct 2025 $3,000,000 $9,004,700
Advanced reinforcing materials for longevity of Australian Infrastructure Sustainable Construction Systems Pty Ltd
University of Southern Queensland
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Graphene Manufacturing Australia Pty Ltd
Graeme Snell
Enviro Sand Pty Ltd
Rocla Pty Limited
Steel corrosion in concrete structures costs the Australian economy almost $13 billion per year. Composite reinforcing materials offer a solution to this problem; however they are largely manufactured overseas and struggle to compete with steel on costs. This project will develop novel, sustainable and low-cost non-corrosive reinforcing solutions using recycled glass and plastics and advanced manufacturing to provide the Australian construction industry with a viable alternative to steel reinforcement products. The project will advance the growth of a sovereign composites manufacturing industry and related supply chain in time to support around $100 billion of critical road and rail projects planned in Australia. 2 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2025 $1,160,562 $4,374,505
Phase 2 clinical study for a next-generation, needle-free COVID-19 vaccine Vaxxas Pty Ltd
Advance Clinical Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
The University of Sydney
Vaxxas is developing a novel COVID-19 spike protein vaccine product using its needle-free skin patch and rapidly progressing into Phase II clinical studies. The vaccine patch will be suitable for storage at elevated temperature and low skilled user administration. In collaboration with Sypharma, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney this exciting program will pave the way for licensure and sovereign manufacture. Streamlined storage and distribution, and simplified administration will simplify and reduce the cost of COVID-19 booster vaccinations, ultimately reducing the public health and economic consequences of continued COVID-19 vaccinations and better prepare Australia and the world for future pandemics. 4 Jul 2022 - 31 May 2024 $3,000,000 $9,815,136
Customised exosomes - the future of regenerative medicine VivaZome Therapeutics Pty Ltd
Global life Sciences Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
La Trobe University
The University of Queensland
Australian National University
Seerpharma Pty Ltd
Exosomes have potential to be an off-the-shelf, cell-based pharmaceutical for various diseases without the technical challenges of cell therapies. However, there are currently limited options for manufacture of clinical grade exosomes within Australia. VivaZome in collaboration with Cytiva, global leaders in cell & gene therapy, will establish an exosome manufacturing facility in Australia and optimise technologies and processes for manufacture of exosomes. VivaZome will use multiple strategies to produce unique, customised exosomes with enhanced functional attributes and generate proof of concept data for specific clinical indications in therapeutic areas of significant unmet need (ophthalmic and neurological). 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2024 $2,997,723 $7,704,773
Reducing the impact of bacterial biofilms in chronic open wounds Whiteley Corporation Pty Ltd
Restech Pty Limited
The University of Newcastle
Western Sydney University
Chronic wounds start with a minor skin injury that doesn’t heal but progress to a problem costing $3.5 billion annually in Australia. Patients often have overlapping complications, including the loss of blood flow around the wound, which allows bacteria to proliferate and create biofilms within the wound, which diminish natural immune responses. Current tools do not work together to precisely identify the most important treatment to enable recovery. This multidisciplinary project includes novel anti-biofilm treatments, novel wound monitoring, including vascular identification, and dyes which target bacterial biofilms. The project partners have a track record of successful commercialisation of research outputs. 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2025 $1,974,482 $5,667,050

*First organisation is the lead partner.

Successful CRC Projects Round 12

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value

Cannabinoid manufacture for development of registered pharmaceuticals.

Cannapacific Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Tasmanian Alkaloids Pty Ltd
The University of Newcastle

The lack of selective active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and standard (pre)-clinical scientific data has restricted the development of cannabis-derived registered prescription pharmaceuticals. Australia is uniquely positioned to develop cannabinoid APIs based on established success in the plant derived opiates API industry (50% of global market). This project will establish platform technologies for manufacturing and global supply of selective cannabinoid APIs, addressing process yield, product stability, and cost issues. The project will also generate proof of concept preclinical data for development of selective cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals within two therapeutic areas of significant unmet medical need (Pain and PTSD).

15 Jan 2022 - 15 Dec 2024



Green hydrogen energy production and storage for distributed energy systems

Endua Pty Ltd
Ampol Limited

Endua is unique in hydrogen technology because it solves green energy for small-scale, decentralised power systems. The Endua green hydrogen power bank will produce and store energy on-demand for regional Australia, replacing diesel generators. Ampol’s 40% diesel market-share provides a direct sales channel to this $1.5b market across agriculture, mining, telecommunications and communities. Australia’s transition to renewables will falter if we cannot solve the long duration energy storage problem. The CRC-P will support Endua to develop a green energy storage solution sooner, reducing costs by 90% and emissions by 203Mt. This will trigger mass adoption of green energy storage that will catalyse the uptake of renewables.

1 Apr 2022 - 31 Mar 2024



Sensor and data innovation for smart triaging for at-risk Australians

Vlepis Solutions Pty Ltd
CareTeq Limited
University of Technology Sydney
NSW Smart Sensing Network
Great Communities Pty Ltd
Allambie Heights Village Ltd
Machinery Forum (Vic) Pty Ltd

By 2050, we will need 980,000 aged-care workers to support 3.5M Australians. Yet the Royal Commission underlined pervading neglect and excessive workloads across the sector. At the same time, Indigenous Australians are three times more likely to die from potentially-preventable causes. Our project is a response: unleashing Australian manufactured sensing technologies and AI-powered decision support software to enable care providers to remotely identify, monitor and triage health risks and prioritise care for at-risk members of our community. The result is fewer unnecessary deaths, more manageable workloads, greater productivity, less suffering, and greater access to the quality proactive care that every Australian deserves.


1 Jul 2022 - 30 Jun 2024



Development of the GenX Betavoltaic Battery Pilot Manufacturing Process

Phosenergy Limited
DEWC Systems Pty Ltd
Duromer Products Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
University of Western Australia
The University of Adelaide

"The space and defence industries consider the absence of effective remote power generation options a key limitation to capability and asset availability. A long-life, reliable, maintenance and fuel-free power system to low earth orbit, lunar and deep space applications is critical for enabling the next phases of space utilisation and exploration.

This Project will create a nuclear battery skills capability platform, and leverage it to consolidate PhosEnergy's betavoltaic battery design and progress to the development, commissioning, and validation of a capable pilot manufacturing process that can produce battery prototypes for end-user evaluation.

The commercial opportunity is to supply long-life power for defence and space applications"


11 Apr 2022 - 10 Apr 2025



Pyrolysed tyre waste (EOLT) char as an additive in polymer composites

Bioplant Limited
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Universal Vortex Industries Pty Ltd
Fluid System Technologies (ES) Pty Limited
Ouroborus Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Blue IOT Pty Ltd

Pyrolysis is the main green process to upcycle end-of-life-tyre (EOLT) waste to produce diesel, oil, steel wires while forming char by-products. The resulting pyrolytic tyre char is a carbon-rich solid material that is plagued by inorganic contaminants and undesirable structure, thus considerably decreasing its value and market potential. This project will optimize the particle size surface and functional chemical properties of the EOLT pyrolysis char (EOLT-PC) by fine-tuning the operating conditions of high-performance Vortex systems to enhance its applicability as structural filler or enhancer in polymer composites including rubbers, and epoxy resins.


1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2024



Modular ammonia manufacturing via a breakthrough carbon-free process

Jupiter Ionics Pty Ltd
Monash University
SJDC Produce Pty Ltd
Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy & Fertilisers Limited
Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy & Fertilisers Limited
MIH2 Pty Ltd

Decarbonisation of ammonia production is a global priority. The current process contributes approx. 1.8% of global CO2 emissions, even as it remains an essential component of global food security via fertiliser production. The Jupiter Ionics team has developed unique, world-leading technology for the electrochemical production of green ammonia. This project will bring together a consortium to conduct R&D to address scale-up and manufacturing challenges associated with developing prototypes capable of producing 0.5 t/year and beyond, which will underpin the rollout of the first commercial versions of the device. This initial scale of device will be targeted towards localised manufacture of fertilisers in various sectors of agriculture.


4 Apr 2022 - 28 Mar 2025



Commercialisation of a diagnostic imaging system for cancer surgery

Oncores Medical Pty Ltd
ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group Limited
University of Western Australia
South Metropolitan Health Service
St John of God Health Care Inc.

Globally, 2.26M women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The foundation of curative treatment is complete surgical removal of the tumour. The surgery of choice is breast conserving surgery (BCS), however up to 35% of BCS patients require repeat surgery due to incomplete tumour removal. Repeat surgeries carry huge economic costs (US$691m/yr in US) plus physical and mental burdens for patients. OncoRes’ CRCP Rnd 6 supported early clinical feasibility of a handheld device to guide real time decision making in the surgical cavity, which has since been granted FDA Breakthrough Device Designation. This new project would deliver a commercial product, clinical evidence to support TGA submission, and prepare OncoRes for a US pivotal trial.


1 Apr 2022 - 31 Mar 2025



mRNA manufacturing and formulation service for late stage clinical trials

Bridgewest Australia Biotech Pty Ltd
The University of Adelaide
Global Life Sciences Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

"Australia currently lacks domestic biomanufacturing of mRNA products and lipid nanoparticles under accredited pharmaceutical GMP. Constraints are particularly acute for production of material for Phase II and Phase III clinical trials.

This CRC-P will strengthen linkages between commercial lead BioCina Pty Ltd and industry co-partner Cytiva, as well as expand clinical and discovery research outputs with embedded, world-class experts from the University of Adelaide.

Outcomes of this research will upscale our Australian GMP manufacturer of API for all clinical phases and commercial supply - credentialed by both TGA and the US FDA - for an Australian and international market."


28 Feb 2022 - 28 Jan 2025



interventional “pumpless” intra-aortic balloon heart assist device

QHeart Medical Pty Ltd
Monash Health
Med Centre Pty Ltd
Monash University
The University of Queensland

"Resistant Hypertension (RH) and Hypertensive Heart Failure (HHF) are major global health problems with high incidence, no effective treatments, and carry huge costs (2%-3.5% of population have heart failure, 20%-33% of population have hypertension, Global Costs: Heart Failure >US$100b/y, Hypertension >US$200b/y).

We have shown proof of concept using an interventionally delivered “pumpless” intra-aortic balloon (IAB) device therapy offering a non-surgical solution using passive dampening.

We proposed further development of this disruptive treatment including clinical validation studies to progress this non-surgical medical device therapy with a focus on serving the current unmet clinical need for RH and HHF."


1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2024



Development of an mRNA vaccine for a chronic human bacterial infection.

Denteric Pty Ltd
CSL Innovation Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Oral Health Australia Pty Ltd
Brandon Capital Partners Pty Ltd

Recent success with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to Covid-19 has proven efficacy of mRNA vaccines for viruses, but little is known about using mRNA against bacterial pathogens, which are equally abundant. The increasing problem of antibiotic resistance and super bug emergence demands new advancements, including vaccination. lists more than 240 clinical trials in progress with mRNA vaccines to viruses and cancers, but none to bacterial pathogens. Denteric, CSL and UoM wish to collaborate under the CRC-P program to investigate if an mRNA vaccine approach is feasible for targeting bacterial pathogens using Porphyromonas gingivalis as a model human pathogen associated with chronic inflammatory diseases.


4 Jan 2022 - 30 Jun 2023



DART CMP Airframe: A composite reusable hypersonic platform

Hypersonix Launch Systems Pty Ltd
LSM Advanced Composites Pty Ltd
University of Southern Queensland
Romar Engineering Pty Ltd

"DART CMP is a hypersonic UAV travelling at speeds up to Mach 12. It is powered by the SPARTAN hydrogen fuelled scramjet engine. This project takes advantage of the weight savings and reusability of high temperature composites. The project will deliver a new sovereign manufacturing capability for high temperature oxide-oxide ceramic matrix composites.

The project build will comprise of a complete UAV airframe, including: composite aeroshell and aerodynamic control surfaces, flight avionics, and hydrogen fuel system. Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing will be used additionally. The UAV will undergo hardware-in-the-loop bench as part of flight readiness testing.

It will be a world first in delivering a reusable hypersonic UAV."


1 Jul 2022 - 30 Jun 2025



Integrating Quantum Tech into Space Manufacturing for Defence & Agriculture

Q-CTRL Pty Ltd
MOG Laboratories
Australian National University

This project brings together two leading Australian SMEs and a top-tier research institute to address critical industry-identified challenges in the space sector. We focus on building novel technology for geospatial intelligence enabled through advances in domestic precision manufacturing. We will combine unique technological capabilities in miniaturised lasers and small quantum sensors to produce unique remote sensing payloads for space deployment. These will in turn provide sovereign capabilities relevant to defence and space. By focusing on underground water detection as a key application, we will deliver major value to Australian agriculture and align with Science & Research priorities in Advanced Manufacturing and Soil and Water.


1 Mar 2022 - 29 Feb 2024



Production of affordable sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as a hydrogen carrier

Boron Molecular Pty Limited
Graphenex Pty Ltd
University of Technology Sydney

Safe and cost-effective hydrogen storage is needed to expand the use of hydrogen. This project will develop a blueprint for an industry-scale, cost-effective process to produce sodium borohydride (NaBH4), a safe and efficient hydrogen carrier. It will overcome the key problem in adopting NaBH4 for hydrogen storage: the high cost due to a 70-year-old manufacturing process, which is capital- and energy-intensive. The CRC-P will develop a pilot plant demonstrating the feasibility of upscaling the production of NaBH4 using a recent innovation. Success in commercialisation by two Australian SMEs will improve local advanced manufacturing capability, and establish Australia’s leadership in hydrogen storage in the global hydrogen economy.


1 Jul 2022 - 30 Jun 2025



*First organisation is the lead partner. 

Successful CRC Projects Round 11

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value

Next generation long term brain monitoring electrodes

Seer Medical Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Tricycle Developments Pty Ltd

Long term brain monitoring (EEG) is a crucial component in the diagnosis of epilepsy. This monitoring requires sticking dozens of electrodes to the patient's scalp. Old solutions lead to skin irritation, are labour intensive, and do not last the duration of monitoring. Seer has made progress through development of a product called WaterTabs that solves some of these issues, but still uses old electrodes. This is manufactured in our ISO14485 facility in Melbourne. There is a large global opportunity to develop an integrated electrode based on new materials and manufacturing methods, improving patient experience. This project will develop integrated, manufacturable, and easy-to-apply electrode interfaces.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2022



Extracting critical minerals and rare earth's from bauxite residue

Alumtek Minerals Pty Ltd
Alcoa of Australia Limited
Chemistry Centre (WA)

This Project will further develop and commercialise existing proprietary processing technology (developed by Alumtek Minerals (AM) over the last three years) to extract critical minerals and rare earths from bauxite residue. This industry-led project, a partnership between AM, Alcoa and Chemistry Centre WA, will deliver a comprehensive test work program, building on previous positive proof-of-concept results, which will produce initial quantities of various critical minerals and rare earth elements.

5/7/2021 - 8/7/2022



ARIA - bionic visual-spatial prosthesis for the blind

ARIA Research Pty Ltd
University of Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
World Access For The Blind - Australia Ltd

ARIA is a breakthrough bionic medical device that delivers high-fidelity visual-spatial perception for blind people. ARIA makes possible new levels of autonomy for Australia’s 600,000 blind & vision impaired (VI) citizens and for over 337 million blind/VI people globally. The partners have delivered a validated point of care (POC) with blind users demonstrating sufficiently detailed spatial understanding of an unfamiliar space to describe & navigate it, and accurately identify, locate & grab objects. This project will enable ARIA to undertake preclinical evaluations, build early prototypes, undertake preclinical trials, and prepare for future clinical trials.

1/7/2021 - 31/12/2023



Novel & environmentally sustainable ultra-high efficiency micro HVAC system

Conry Tech Development Pty LTD
Hargo Engineering Pty Ltd
Automation Innovation Pty LTD
University of NSW

Cooling consumes 24% of Australia’s power, and most air-conditioning systems use refrigerant known to have high global warming potential. An estimated 90% of commercial heating systems burn natural gas and are unable to use clean energy. The COVID-19 pandemic also revealed that current heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems cannot effectively combat the spread of such viruses. This CRC-P enables Conry Tech to develop their innovative and cost competitive micro HVAC system, designed to harness clean energy, reduce energy consumption by >50%, use more environmentally friendly refrigerants, eliminate the use of fossil fuels, and help limit the spread of viruses within HVAC systems, and then rapidly commercialise it for the $160 billion global non-residential HVAC market.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Eliminating pig tail removal to improve welfare and industry sustainability

SunPork Pty Ltd
PIC Australasia Pty Ltd
Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd
Australian Pork Limited
RSPCA Australia
Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
The University of New England
The University of Queensland

Tail biting is confronting, an undesirable consequence of pork production, and is an adverse welfare and economic issue for the pork industry. Pigs have part of their tail removed (docked) soon after birth to prevent tail biting later in life. Continuation of tail docking is a substantial reputational risk that will threaten the sustainability of the $5.3 billion Australian pork industry. Elimination of tail docking will give significant welfare benefits. This will enhance societal confidence in the pig industry leading to improved market opportunities and production returns for pork producers. Support from the CRC-P will give pork producers the confidence to raise pigs with intact tails while maintaining high standards of pig welfare.

3/1/2022 - 31/12/2024



Advancing nanoporous MOF materials for high efficiency hydrogen storage

Rux Energy Pty Limited
University of Sydney
University of NSW
ATCO Gas Australia Pty Ltd
AMSL Aero Pty Ltd
Hydrogen Systems Australia Pty Ltd

This project will prove-up breakthrough advanced hydrogen (H2) storage materials discoveries at the University of Sydney. The inability to store H2 efficiently is a key barrier to the uptake of H2 as a new zero-carbon fuel, as identified in the National Hydrogen Strategy. The project is expected to demonstrate the superior system-wide volumetric and gravimetric efficiency gains of the metal-organic-framework (MOF) material to enable higher density lower pressure storage. These gains will enable key H2 markets in grid, mobility and aerospace, supporting decarbonisation. This project will enable technology validation and prototype development and testing with SME & large industry partners, accelerating commercialisation and uptake.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



AI based conversion of unrecyclable waste into engineered building products

Dasma Environmental Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
University of Melbourne
Brickworks Ltd
Federation University Australia
Recycleye Ltd
Ouroborus Pty Ltd
Universal Vortex Industries Pty Ltd

This CRC-P will introduce smart analytical platform based on AI to optimise material recovery at Dasma’s materials recycling facility (MRF). Data from this platform can be shared. Using this data, MRFs, recyclers and manufacturers can plan the supply chain to increase the use of recovered resources. This CRC-P will also develop a prototype smart manufacturing plant to develop new building products. The aim is to manufacture products that can compete with the current market to eliminate negative value stream of the recovered raw material by market diversification. This end-to-end manufacturing is a solution to add value and efficiency by having visibility across the supply chain. This how CRC-P funding will pave the way towards application of industry 4.0 principles in waste management.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Designed-led advanced manufacturing of smart orthotics for remote Australia

iOrthotics Pty Ltd
My FootDr (Aust) Ltd
The University of Queensland
Queensland University of Technology
North West Hospital and Health Service

The partnership is creating a new generation of smart orthotic devices to increase patient compliance and expedite lead times to patient and reduce overall healthcare costs. The project will test an enhanced workflow to supply patients in remote Australia custom smart orthotics to address diabetic foot disease complications prevalent in remote Australian communities. The partners apply advancements in human-centred design, generative design, advanced manufacturing, and wearable technologies to provide quantitative clinical data to monitor treatment effectiveness and improve patient compliance and outcomes.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Measuring meat quality to improve Australia's sheep meat industry

Miniprobes Pty Ltd
Meat & Livestock Australia Limited
The University of Adelaide

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of lamb and mutton. However, there is currently no commercially-viable technology to measure sheep meat quality during production. This CRC-P will develop a ‘smart needle’, able to rapidly measure intramuscular fat and quantify meat quality. This device combines miniaturised photonics with deep learning algorithms to enable meat producers to reliably identify premium quality lamb and mutton. It will also provide valuable feedback to farmers on animal husbandry and breeding. This device will provide our exporters with a technological advantage over lamb from other countries, with the potential to increase Australian sheep meat sales by $183 million per year.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Developing high-capacity dynamic rock reinforcement for underground mines

Jennmar Australia Pty Ltd
University of NSW

This project will ensure safety and productivity in Australian underground mines remains world leading as they embark on mining deep stressed orebodies and/or using lower cost large cave mining methods that generate higher mining induced stresses. The move to underground mining comes from the need to go deeper to find better orebodies and environmental, social and governance (ESG) expectations for lower footprint mining. Experience shows a major hazard from mining in very high stressed environments is a sudden dynamic explosive failure of rock that is not effectively held by traditional rock bolt reinforcement; hence, dynamic bolts exist. This project will design, develop and build Australian manufacturing for the world’s highest capacity dynamic bolt support system.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Concrete systems utilising post-consumer recycled Plastic aggregate

Repeat Plastics Australia Pty Ltd
RG Programs and Services Pty Ltd
SR Engineering Pty Ltd
Outwest Concrete Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

It is widely accepted over 1.7 million tonnes of plastic packaging will go to landfill in 2021. Solution: 3.4 million tonnes of concrete are used yearly in Australia. This project will replace a portion of the mineral aggregate with waste soft plastic packaging, providing a solution for over 30% of problematic waste. It will further develop, test and certify Recycled Plastic-reinforced Geoploymer Concrete (RP-GC) solutions, recently innovated by Repeat Plastics and SR Engineering, to Australian standards. The CRC-P funding will be used for research and development and testing necessary for the new RP-GC products to gain required market acceptance. There has been minimal innovation in this space due to limited standards testing and poor specifier confidence.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Wireless mining conveyor technology to Improve safety and reduce outages

MineSensor Services Pty Ltd
Reliable Conveyor Belt Pty Limited
The University of Newcastle

MineSensor combines proprietary hardware, firmware, software, and an analytics platform to digitise mine conveyor information to reduce breakdown, increase mine output and improve safety. A fitted transponder measures conveyor roller bearing temperature and roller thickness. Information from the transponder is received and analysed, resulting in reports and alerts. MineSensor and the University of Newcastle developed the IP, patented the technology, created a prototype, and undertaken laboratory performance testing at the University of Newcastle. With Reliable Conveyor Belt we are conducting field trials at a Hunter Valley coal mine. This project will take the MineSensor field prototype to a mid-scale trial, then to pre-commercial release.

1/8/2021 - 29/2/2024



Ultrasensitive indicators to track decontamination in healthcare facilities

Nanosonics Limited
Novapharm Research (Australia) PTY Ltd
University of NSW

Patients remain at risk of cross-contamination with potential serious consequences due to poor sensitivity and subjectivity of current protocols for decontamination of medical instruments. Currently no integrated system exists to detect and remove pathogenic proteins which are associated with clinical conditions including neurodegenerative disorders. This project develops a solution comprising of a new indicator, a highly sensitive detector and new enzyme formulations for the cleaning and deactivation of pathogenic proteins. These will be manufactured locally and brought to global markets by Nanosonics, an Australian ASX 200 company with a successful track record of manufacturing and commercialisation of decontamination products.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Australian manufacturing of alternative protein ingredients

GrainCorp Oilseeds Pty Ltd
V2 Food Pty Ltd

There is no industrial scale production of high-value proteins from plant-based ingredients in Australia. Protein ingredients must be imported, with food manufacturers beholden to international suppliers, price fluctuations and supply chain interruptions.
CRC-P support of the research collaboration will enable scaled up protein production to solve this industry problem and open new market opportunities for producers, to operate alongside existing markets. Crucially, the project will develop the investment case for Australia’s only sovereign plant-based protein ingredient production facility at commercial scale.

8/7/2021 - 1/7/2023



DelivAssure - a novel monitoring device to detect hypoxia during childbirth

VitalTrace Pty Ltd
Zimmer & Peacock AS
The Trustee for Procept Unit Trust
Perron Institute for NeurologicaL and Translational Science Limited
University of Western Australia
Design & Industry Pty Ltd
Monash University
University of Technology Sydney

Accurate monitoring of babies for poor oxygenation (hypoxia) during childbirth is crucial to preventing complications which can lead to long term morbidity and mortality for mothers and babies. Current monitoring techniques are based on outdated 1960s technology, which produces inadequate and or inaccurate data on this vital indicator. This can lead to serious fetal complications, such as brain damage or other organ damage and unnecessary intervention with emergency Caesarean sections. VitalTrace is bringing together a multidisciplinary team of specialised engineers and product developers, clinicians and researchers to develop a medical device that continuously measures a highly accurate marker of fetal hypoxia.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Underground mine LoRa network for monitoring/control/backup/rescue/robotics

Roobuck Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Newcrest Mining Limited
Roboworks Pty Ltd

The vision for the mining sector is focused on the digital mine toward complete automation. The digital mine creates a high demand for communication networks. However, the existing technologies can hardly achieve full coverage in underground mines and are costly & difficult to deploy. In an emergency, existing networks may fail due to the loss of power or damage to communication cables. A long-range low power wireless technology - LoRa makes all this possible. As a new technology, LoRa has not been used for underground mines yet. In this project, we will develop a chain type LoRa network, which can achieve full coverage, provide a backup network, be quickly deployed for rescue work, and support new robotic applications.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Palatable and functional nutrition and safety for dysphagia patients

Trisco Foods Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
Flinders University
Japara Aged Care Services Pty Ltd

The Project will address current inadequacies in the nutrition, palatability and safety of thickened food for dysphagia patients, through the development and upscaling of a new-to-the-world liquid-based viscosity inhibited food and beverage thickening formulation. In so doing, the project will overcome significant co-morbidities such as dehydration and malnutrition in dysphagia patients, by combining biologically derived ingredients in a patented formulation, which aims to lower the prescribed consistency of thickened foods, while not compromising safety. A production process will be scaled-up allowing first commercial sales to national industry players, who will also participate in the project’s research.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2024



Pre-commercial pilot trial of novel biofungicide to address sclerotinia

Nufarm Australia Limited
Kalyx Australia Pty Ltd

Nufarm & CSIRO have identified strains of Actinobacteria and their bioactive agents that demonstrate high anti-fungal capabilities against sclerotinia fungal disease in canola. Sclerotinia has a broad host range and its spores can spread rapidly over large distance through the air and remain persistent in soil for years. The potential losses in crop yield is estimated to be up to 40% alone for canola plants infected by sclerotinia. The partners will participate in the large-scale development for the pre-commercialisation research to produce a range of formulation options for a new biological fungicide (sclerotinia-canola), and the additional screening, research & trial for suitability to a wider range of crops & pathogens.

1/10/2021 - 1/6/2024



High value-added manufacturing from polymetallic critical minerals

Chalice Mining Limited
Mining and Process Solutions Pty Ltd
Curtin University

Conventional processing of copper-nickel-platinum group metals (Cu-Ni-PGM) deposits extracts the metals by flotation with the resultant concentrate sent offshore for smelting. These inefficiencies result in significant metal loss, excess energy usage, and are environmentally unfriendly. The Project seeks to develop a novel, environmentally-friendly process that will increase efficiencies in processing critical raw materials into platinum group metals, battery minerals (nickel sulfate, cobalt sulfate) and energy metal copper. A successful outcome will result in Australia’s only world-class PGM mine with high value added local processing and no smelting, enabling Australia to access global PGM and battery chemical supply chains.

1/7/2021 - 31/12/2023



Vertiia powertrain development, for high speed eVTOL transport

AMSL Aero Pty Ltd
University of Sydney
SIL3 Pty Ltd
Advanced Power DRIVES PTY. LTD.

Vertiia is an Australian developed electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft, that will provide rapid response air ambulance and low cost passenger transport for regional and remote Australia. This project will enable the optimisation and development of a quiet, efficient and lightweight propulsion system tailored for Vertiia. Off the shelf motors, prop-rotors and power electronics have significant room for improvement in eVTOL applications, with several emerging technologies that will greatly increase range, and reduce noise and cost. Optimising these components will increase Vertiia’s potential to operate in noise sensitive areas and enable the delivery of the lowest cost transport as an air ambulance or air taxi.

1/7/2021 - 29/12/2023



Additive manufacturing of rocket booster for space launch**

Defendtex Research Labs Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Department of Defence
Rocketech Pty Ltd

This project aims to address Australia’s space industry capability gap being the absence of commercially available, domestically manufactured rocket boosters. While imported rocket boosters are available, the regulatory burden and cost combined with foreign government control on their use are all significant barriers. Filling this capability gap by domestically producing commercial rocket boosters will allow for responsive sovereign space launch to occur. The additive manufacturing approach results in substantial cost savings which translate to affordable space access for Australia's emerging space industry.

1/7/2021 - 28/6/2024



Advanced lipid fermentation facility for local manufacture of future foods**

Nourish Ingredients Pty Ltd
Proform Gourmet Pty Limited

Nourish have designed animal-free fat combinations to suit any protein flavour profile required. This project enables the development and commercialisation of these fats. Nourish are building a pilot scale fermentation facility in rural New South Wales, close to organic feedstock from agriculture, to develop lipid fermentation for the local manufacture of future foods. This facility will help translate the new Nourish strains from the lab through to the end user and the consumer.

1/7/2021 - 30/6/2023



*First organisation is the lead partner. **Supported through funding allocated for Regional CRC Projects.

Successful CRC Projects Round 10

Title Partners* Description Start/End Date Total Grant amount Total Project Value
Converting food waste into compostable stretch wrap. Great Wrap Pty Ltd*
Monash University
Konpira Maru Wine Company Pty Ltd
We have brought together a team of leaders in each of their industries to deliver a product that has the potential to remove 150,000 tonnes of food waste as well as plastic out of Australian landfill and millions of tonnes globally each year. Stretch wrap, takes the form of cling wrap and pallet wrap. It holds together millions of pallets freighted across the country each year and keeps just as many meals fresh. This CRC-P will create a process in which we convert food waste into polyhydroxyalkanoates wrap, the only biopolymer that is compostable, landfill/anaerobic biodegradable and marine biodegradable. Meaning wherever it goes it will leave nothing behind. 4/01/2021 - 24/12/2021 $210,000 $559,500
Smart Material Recovery Facility (SMRF) – Curby Soft Plastics. IQ RENEW Pty Ltd*
CurbCycle Australia Pty Ltd
University of Sydney
Licella Holdings Limited
Mike Ritchie and Associates Pty Ltd
Resource Recovery Design (Aust) Pty Limited
The CRC-P will develop a template for upgrading existing Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) to Smart Material Recovery Facilities (SMRFs) by introducing Internet of Things (IoT) automation and trial it in an existing MRF, aiming to increase post-consumer soft plastics recycling by 80 times 2018 levels delivering process engineered feedstock integrated with industry. It will address the waste export ban and contribute to Australia’s transition to a circular economy. SMRFs utilise the CurbCycle Solution for household segregation and collection of soft plastics. The solution will deliver efficient product stewardship and a rewarding community engagement tool. It enhances existing recycling infrastructure that may be used to lift recycling rates on other materials. 1/01/2021 - 31/12/2023 $2,999,220 $7,638,411
Smart AI-enabled automation and upcycling solution for plastic recycling. Advanced Circular Polymers Pty Ltd*
University of Melbourne
Telford Smith Engineering Pty. Ltd.
Since many foreign countries restrict import of waste, the Australian government is implementing a ban on the export of waste from 2021 and an 80% resource recovery rate by 2030. However, the generation of substantial amount of no-value plastic residue in recycling plants results in unprofitable landfill cost while reducing the overall plant efficiency and profitability. This CRC-P will develop and commercialise an AI-enabled autonomous sorting system and automated plant and polymer technology needed to upcycle residue plastics. The proposed sorting system and value-added products will increase Australia’s recycle capacity by 42,000 tonnes per year and divert 16,800 tonnes per year of plastic residue from landfill and foster a circular economy. 1/03/2021 - 28/02/2023 $2,000,000 $5,983,327
Recycling construction demolition waste to manufacture sustainable bricks. Sycamore Civil Group Pty Ltd*
KHG Contracting Pty Ltd
Brajkovich Demolition & Salvage Pty Ltd
Sany Australia Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Deakin University
Aboriginal Construction Specialists Pty Ltd
The building and construction sector in Australia produces 20.4 million tonnes of Construction Demolition Waste (CDW) per year. This accounts for 43% of Australia’s waste production; more than 35% of CDW becomes landfill. CDW is steadily growing (2% p.a.), increasingly impacting the environment and waste management nationally. This urgent problem can be addressed by developing advanced recycling and manufacturing processes that utilise CDW in high-value sustainable brick products, which will be used in large volume by the building and construction sector. This CRC-P will boost the recycling capacity of CDW, thereby reducing landfilled waste, enhancing sustainability and resource efficiency, and growing the circular construction economy. 15/02/2021 - 9/02/2024 $1,650,000 $6,122,660
Revolutionary upcycling of landfill waste into hydrogen, fuels & materials. Bioelektra Australia Pty Ltd*

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
University of Melbourne
Cement Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
Universal Vortex Industries Pty Ltd
Ouroborus Pty Ltd
Ash Development Association of Australia

Bioelektra has developed a novel municipal solid waste (MSW) process producing 70% recyclables and 30% biomass (the latter currently for landfill). No commercial technology exists to upcycle this biomass resource into valuable products. This CRC-P aims to transform waste biomass into hydrogen (H2) fuel and char/inorganic ash for potential exploitation by Cement Australia & the Ash Development Association of Australia in construction. A bio-refinery demonstration unit, employing additive manufacturing for catalyst fabrication, underpins the proposed process. Technoeconomic analysis will identify the potential for H2 use in future Bioelektra MSW collection trucks and/or export. 1/01/2021 - 31/12/2023 $2,200,000 $5,717,185
Revolutionising sludge management turning costly waste into a safe product. Central SEQ Distributor-Retailer Authority*
Water Corporation
The University of Queensland
Aquatec Maxcon Pty Ltd
Arkwood (Gloucester) Pty. Limited & Remondis Australia Pty Ltd
Department of Environment and Science
Biosolids from sewage treatment are a problematic waste due to low product quality and high volume. However, biosolids production will substantially increase with population growth and provide opportunities for co-digestion with organic waste at sewage treatment plants. This CRC-P brings together two major water utilities, world-leading researchers, resource-recycling technology and service providers, and the state government regulatory agency, to develop a suite of market-ready technologies that will substantially increase capacity of existing treatment infrastructure, produce high quality biosolids suitable for unrestricted use as soil fertilizer, and increase bioenergy recovery from wastewater and organic waste. 1/04/2021 - 31/03/2024 $1,380,000 $4,248,945
Development of high content recycled glass building material technology. Livefield Pty Ltd*
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
The Trustee for Harris HMC Interiors
Recycled Glass Technology Pty Ltd
Australia manufactures over one million tonnes of glass each year but only 33% is recycled. This CRC-P will develop new applications with existing recycled glass stabilising technology to manufacture building materials. The technology utilises 65% waste glass content bringing improvements to building safety and performance while achieving environmental outcomes. The funding will expedite the development of the technology supporting the Australian Government’s National Waste Policy Action Plan that aims at turning our waste into valuable commodities and products with recycled content. This innovation and research will play an important role in developing sustainable technologies while boosting domestic jobs and industries. 11/01/2021 - 6/01/2023 $485,000 $1,343,915
Recycling plastic and paperboard waste in to value-added asphalt additives. State Asphalts NSW Pty Ltd*
University of New South Wales
Closed Loop Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd
Primaplas Pty. Limited
Asphaltech Pty. Ltd.
Australia disposes over 4 million tonnes of plastic and paper waste annually, at a cost of $600 million. Our current recycling infrastructure lacks capability and capacity, relying on landfill and waste export. This CRC-P will commercialise technologies to convert plastic and paper waste in to value-added additives for asphalt. State Asphalts and Asphaltech will use the products, whilst distribution partners Closed Loop and Primaplas will source waste materials and distribute recycled products. The work will create technical leadership, improve competitiveness through reduced infrastructure costs, and create environmental benefits through reducing landfill and exports of waste. 1/01/2021 - 1/12/2023 $2,980,000 $6,176,930
Circular economy: how to end Australia's dependency on single-use plastics. Full Cycle Bioplastics Australia Pty Ltd*
Prysm Industries Pty Ltd
Monash University
Huhtamaki Tailored Packaging Services Pty Ltd
The CRC-P will scale-up a patented microbial-based biopolymer technology to manufacture a fully recyclable and compostable plastic resin (PHA) from food and paper waste, for use in single-use plastics. In so doing, the technology directly addresses the National Waste Policy goal of achieving 70% of Australia’s plastic packaging being recycled or composted, as well as creating avenues for diverting food and paper waste from landfill. Australian plastics manufacturers will use the PHA in existing manufacturing processes to confirm the resin can be used without the need for factory retrofit, and validate the properties of the resin in target end products, providing a scalable pathway to first sales both in Australia and abroad. 1/04/2021 - 31/03/2024 $998,826 $2,409,701
*First organisation is the lead partner.

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

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