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Government recruits specialist engineering firms for CRC Program

Manufacturing innovation in new and emerging industries, such as specialist engineering, aerospace and advanced materials, is a key focus for the 2010 Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program selection round, which is now open.

According to the minister for innovation, industry, science and research, Senator Kim Carr, the 2010 CRC Program selection round will be looking to recruit manufacturing and social innovation leaders.

The CRC Program supports research partnerships that deliver key economic, environmental and social benefits to Australia, according to Carr.

“I anticipate a very strong field of applicants for the 2010 CRC Program selection round, the 13th round since the program’s inception in 1990,” Carr said.

“Applications from all industry and community sectors and research disciplines are invited. I am especially calling for applications in two priority areas – manufacturing innovation and social innovation.”

Manufacturing innovation can focus on traditional areas such as automotive, textile, footwear and clothing industries, or in new and emerging industries such as scientific and medical instruments, specialist engineering, aerospace, and advanced materials, Carr said.

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