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

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?

Three Themes

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

National Consultation Process

The Core Bid Group approved state-based workshops to be held across Australia seeking feedback from industry stakeholders on

a) The proposed CRC Scope
b) The priority research needs to support industry transformation.

More than 100 people participated in 7 workshops.

The feedback from each workshop is currently being reviewed by participants and once complete, will be collated into a summary report.

Next Steps

The CRC Core Bid Group will meet on 21 February to review the Summary Report.

Join the CRC for Pollination Security Bid Team

New Leadership Positions

The Core Bid Group is looking for a CRC Pollination Security Bid Chair and a Bid CEO.
Expressions of interest should be submitted by midnight on Monday 25 May.
Shortlisting will commence on Tuesday 26th May.

CRC PS Bid Chair

The Bid Chair is a fixed term contract from May 2022 to August 2022.

It is an honorary position, contracted to the Wheen Bee Foundation which is acting as the secretariat of the CRC Pollination Security Bid.

There is potential for the term to be extended based on outcome of application process.

The CRC PS Bid Chair will oversee the CRC bid process. The role includes:

  • Facilitating information flow to the reference and core bid group;
  • Facilitating the effective functioning of the reference and core bid group including managing meetings;
  • Communicating the views of the reference group and core bid, in conjunction with the CEO, to the organisation’s members, and broader stakeholders and to the public; and
  • Setting the tone, promoting and monitoring to the group’s culture
  • Providing strategic level support to the bid CEO
  • Communicating the agreed benefits and industry needs clearly and succinctly
  • Be available to be a CRC bid spokesperson
  • Be available to attend bid interviews

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience acting as a Chair
  • Experience working with CRCs
  • Demonstrated ability to develop successful bids (especially CRC bids)
  • A proven ability to develop political connections and align programs with current policies

Desirable skills include:

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the Australian pollination industry and its vital role for food security, biodiversity and ecosystem health.
  • A proven ability to create and foster productive collaborations within and between scientific and industry groups and to manage collaborations and conflict resolutions among groups with diverse skills and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to define future research directions in consultation
  • with scientific and industry groups.
  • Demonstrated achievements in technology transfer to industry, and/or successful commercialisation of research outcomes
  • Demonstrated skills in team building, negotiation, strategic planning and communication
  • A comprehensive understanding of intellectual property protection and demonstrated IP management skills
  • Competence in public relations and in dealing with the media

For a full position description please email CRCBid@Wheenbeefoundation.org.au

CRC RP Bid CEO

The Bid CEO is a fixed term contract from May 2022 to August 2022.

Remuneration is by negotiation.

The role is contracted to the Wheen Bee Foundation which is acting as the secretariate of the CRC Pollination Security Bid.

There is potential for term to be extended based on outcome of application process and funding availability.

The CRC PS Bid CEO will lead the CRC bid process. The role will:

  • Liaise with Existing Stakeholders to define the projects of interest
  • Liaise with Existing Stakeholders Determine the Co-investment commitment
  • Identify gaps and where possible bring in additional co-investment partners to fill budget or skills gaps
  • Secure new and additional stakeholders and co-investment partners.
  • Develop CRC Application for submission in Round 24
  • Comply with data management best practices to ensure the security and integrity of the data is maintained
  • Determine the appropriate CRC bid entity structure
  • Establish the entity governance framework.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience working with CRCs
  • Demonstrated ability to develop successful bids (especially CRC bids)
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the Australian pollination industry and its vital role for food security, biodiversity and ecosystem health. 
  • A proven ability to create and foster productive collaborations within and between scientific and industry groups and to manage collaborations and conflict resolutions among groups with diverse skills and objectives.
  • A comprehensive understanding of intellectual property protection and demonstrated IP management skills

Desirable skills include:

  • Demonstrated ability to define future research directions in consultation with scientific and industry groups.
  • Demonstrated achievements in technology transfer to industry, and/or successful commercialisation of research outcomes
  • Demonstrated skills in team building, negotiation, strategic planning and communication
  • Competence in public relations and in dealing with the media

For a full position description please email CRCBid@Wheenbeefoundation.org.au