$40M Funding for Innovative Manufacturing CRC Announced 


Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced approval for the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IM-CRC), which is to receive $40 million over seven years to June 2022.

The announcement was part of Minister Macfarlane’s address at the Australia 2040 Conference in Canberra in which he outlined a refocus of CRC activities following the federal government’s review of the CRC scheme by David Miles.
The good news is that the CRC program will continue to be supported by the Department of Industry as a major government program for industry-research collaboration to enable industry to access Australia’s leading research capabilities.
The minister emphasised the need for industry driven CRCs, which is something that the IM-CRC has in place as a guiding principal.
The announcement will now enable the Innovative Manufacturing CRC to form agreements with members and to prepare for the commencement of projects. 

Research Programs of the IM-CRC

Program 1: Additive Manufacturing Processes
Program 2: Automated & Assistive Technologies
Program 3: High Value Product Development
Program 4: Industry Transformation

The Research Programs have been designed to appeal to a range of manufacturing SMEs to benefit from small or large development projects requiring input from Australia’s leading universities and the CSIRO. 

The IM-CRC will work in close cooperation with the new Industry Growth Centres to help companies build the innovative capacity to develop market-ready opportunities. Dr David Charles, Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing CRC said “It is well positioned to build on the successes of the Advanced Manufacturing CRC and to contribute through collaboration to the change process both in industry and associated research organisations.”

More details are available on the IM-CRC website.

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