Future made in Australia: here’s your chance, says local MP

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Member for Werriwa Anne Stanley wants business enterprises in her electorate to play a part in the Future Made in Australia campaign.

Her call came in the wake of the launch of round 16 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) CRC-P by the minister for industry and science Ed Husic.

Grants of between $100,000 to $3 million are up for grabs but small and medium sized businesses in Werriwa thinking of applying need to hurry because applications close on June 5.

“I encourage small and medium sized businesses in Werriwa with big ideas to solve some of Australia’s biggest challenges to apply to the CRC-P initiative,’’ says Ms Stanley.

“Successful projects have the potential create new jobs in Werriwa and strengthen our local economy,” she said.

Projects funded by the CRC-P have an aim to develop a product, service or process that will help solve community and economy problems.

These grants will support high value, industry-led research projects with the last round of CRC-Ps committing over $51 million in Commonwealth funding to support 21 innovative projects.

Round 16 will be aligned with the Albanese Government’s Future Made in Australia agenda including net-zero technologies, circular economy and waste management, medical breakthroughs, ag-tech and community resilience and infrastructure.

“This is our Future Made in Australia plan in action, connecting the lab to the factory floor so we make more things here using world-leading Aussie know-how,’’ Mr Husic said at the launch.

“From saving lives with new medical products, building better batteries or making more efficient use of our finite resources, these grants bring our best ideas to bear on real-world problems, creating jobs and new industries in the process.”

The CRC-P grants are awarded through a competitive, merit-based selection process, assessed by an independent committee of industry experts.

Applications are open until 5pm on Wednesday, June 5. More information is available at www.business.gov.au/crc-p

Ms Stanley is pictured above in the new Savers Australia thrift store in Prestons with managing director Michael Fisher. The store is due to open this Thursday.

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