Collaboration for Industry Impact Online Workshop
Collaboration for Industry Impact will combine practical bid-creation content with a deep dive into the theory and practice of collaboration
The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and end-users. In its 30-year history, it has proven to be an effective model to address R&D challenges with commercial outcomes.
Bidding for a CRC is a highly-competitive process requiring cross-disciplinary teams to come together and collaborate. This takes planning, time and patience.
About the workshop:
Developed by the CRC Association and Collabforge, Collaboration for Industry Impact will combine practical bid-creation content with a deep dive into the theory and practice of collaboration. Delivered online, Collaboration for Industry Impact will include a range of digital tools, methods and experiences that will help you build your capability to effectively collaborate with your team digitally. Attending this workshop will significantly increase the likelihood of a successful CRC or CRC-P bid.
This workshop will be delivered via Zoom and will also require a Google account in order to access the collaborative tools that will support the workshop activities. If you have existing Zoom and Google accounts, please ensure that you can access calls and documents outside of your institution. Participants will also be required to use a laptop or desktop computer to participate with a microphone and webcam (not phone or tablet). Technical requirements: If you have any questions regarding these technical requirements, please email
Who should attend:
- Researchers who have the responsibility for or interest in developing CRC and CRC-P bids
- Administrators who have the responsibility for helping coordinate, develop, approve and / or administer CRC and CRC-P bids (e.g. from Commercialisation, Research, Scholarships Offices, etc)
- Interested industry representatives
- Both half-day sessions are appropriate for a general audience, as well as those developing specific bids, and we strongly encourage participants to attend both sessions.
Key learning outcomes:
- What the process of bid development entails
- The roles of all bid participants, and how to build effective relationship/communication between researchers and industry
- Improved capability in developing and progressing CRC bids
- Understanding the role of "impact thinking" in successful bids
- Common language, frameworks and methods for collaboration
- Methods for stakeholder and partner analysis, advice for engaging industry participants in the best way at the right time, and for developing and testing bid ideas
- Improved collaboration capability through applied collaboration experiences with those in the room on the day
- How it works:
- Key concepts, methods and reference materials for successful research and industry collaboration are presented across two consecutive half-day sessions.
- Participant ideas and plans are applied directly to the materials presented, with groups learning from one-another, as well as receiving feedback from the presenters.
- This workshop will be delivered via Zoom and will also require a Google account in order to access the collaborative tools that will support the workshop activities. If you have existing Zoom and Google accounts, please ensure that you are able to access calls and documents outside of your institution.
- Participants will also be required to use a laptop or desktop computer to participate with a microphone and webcam (not phone or tablet).
- If you have any questions regarding these technical requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening and introductory activities
- Presentation and supporting activities: ‘What is collaboration, and what does it mean to you?’ Mark Elliott
- Tea break
- Presentation: ‘What are CRCs & CRC-Ps and what’s in it for me? (Tony Peacock)
- Activity: ‘Analyse and define the collaborative aspects of bid concepts’ - Hailey Cooperrider and Mark Elliott
- Presentation ‘Impact Selection Criteria - which criteria matter most and what are panellists looking for?’ - Tony Peacock, with Q&A
- Activity: ‘Developing credible industry impact scenarios for bids - led by Mark Elliott & Hailey Cooperrider, ideas evaluated by Tony Peacock
- Activity: ‘Opening and reflections’
- Presentation: ‘The nuts and bolts of bids’ - Tony Peacock, with Q&A
- Presentation: ‘How to form a sound and sustainable collaboration between research and industry partners’Mark Elliott, with Q&A
- Tea break
- Activity: ‘Designing in detail your industry impact model and collaboration plan’ - led by Hailey Cooperrider & Mark Elliott, with evaluation by Tony Peacock
- Activity: ‘Closing discussion and Q&A’ - Tony Peacock, Mark Elliott and Hailey Cooperrider
About the Speakers
Dr Tony Peacock, CEO, CRC Association Dr Tony Peacock is the Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centres Association. With more than two decades as CEO of industry research organisations, Tony is an expert on collaboration between industry and academia. He was a 2014 Monash University Churchill Fellow, investigating how business and universities around the world work together to create innovation.
Dr Mark Elliott, Founder and Director, Collabforge
Dr Mark Elliott is the founder and managing director of Collabforge, and author of the world’s first and only general theory of collaboration. Since finishing a PhD in 2008 on mass collaboration, he has led the development Collabforge’s unique capability to deliver collaboration in any context, at any scale, both face-to-face and online. Mark has worked with governments, leaders and influencers to deliver some of the world’s most ambitious and trailblazing collaborative projects.
Hailey Cooperrider, Collaboration and Strategy Lead, Collabforge
Hailey Cooperrider is collaboration designer and strategist with Collabforge, where she has been responsible for some of the firm's highest profile projects and core frameworks. Her capabilities include workshop facilitation, digital platform design, innovation methodologies, and strategy co-creation. Hailey is currently researching how gameplay can be used to help spread collaboration capability more broadly.
For information on pricing and availability contact Jordan Gardner, Engagement and Policy Manager, at the CRC Association on 02 6260 4177 or at Jordan.Gardner@crca.asn.au