A Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)

for Pollination Security

Wheen Bee Foundation has offered its services to act as an independent secretariat to support the CRC for Pollination Services ‘Core Bid Group’.
The ‘Core Bid Group’ is to be made up of co-investment partners who will work to develop a strategic CRC bid for submission in 2022 to CRC Round 24.

The Foundation has no commercial interest in any outcomes from the work of the CRC but is strongly committed to supporting the CRC because of the importance of pollination services to agriculture and the environment.

 

Background

The Australian Government’s CRC Program supports industry-led collaborations
between industry, researchers and the community. The program aims to:

  • Improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian
    industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and in line
    with government priorities.
  • Foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through
    industry-led and outcome focused collaborative research partnerships between
    industry entities and research organisations.
  • Encourage and facilitate small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in
    collaborative research.
    Since its inception in 1990, the CRC program has committed
    $4.6 billion in funding to support the establishment of over 221 CRC
    grants and 76 CRC-P Grants – a total of 297 collaborations funded
    over the program’s lifetime.
  • Improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian
    industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and in line
    with government priorities.
  • Foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through
    industry-led and outcome focused collaborative research partnerships between
    industry entities and research organisations.
  • Encourage and facilitate small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in
    collaborative research.

Since its inception in 1990, the CRC program has committed $4.6 billion in funding to support the establishment of over 221 CRC grants and 76 CRC-P Grants – a total of 297 collaborations funded over the program’s lifetime

Why? The value proposition

  • Have access to cost effective applied research through leverage of the grant income
    and research partner cash and in-kind contributions;
  • Have the opportunity to network with other like-minded industry organisations,
    leading to further research and collaboration opportunities;
  • Tackle large problems that can make a measurable impact on your organisation’s
    ability to benefit and grow;
  • Get access to a pool of Australia’s leading researchers focusing on pollination;
  • Enhance your organisation’s reputation and be recognised as a leader that supports
    and delivers change to benefit the Australian agriculture industry;
  • Leverage PhD candidates to support your organization through co-working
    arrangements and potential employees.

What is being proposed?

  • Pollinator supply chain management
  • Pollination efficacy
  • The sustainable management of beneficial insects and ecosystem service delivery