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Economic Participation of Indigenous Communities Cooperative Research Centre (EPIC CRC) bid

Opportunity for

Additional solution providers and investment partners to join the EPIC CRC bid to work with the team and their existing partners to develop an industry focused First Food, Fisheries and Botanical Industries research program.

Opportunity background

Economic Participation of Indigenous Communities Cooperative Research Centre’s (EPIC CRC) vision is for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia. The CRC’s mission accordingly aligns with that of Reconciliation Australia: namely, to help promote and facilitate reconciliation by undertaking research and extension activities that assist in building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by promoting Indigenous economic participation.

A Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is an industry-led collaboration between industry, researchers, government and the community.

EPIC CRC‘s Research Programs will focus on three industry sectors:

  • First Food, Fisheries and Botanicals Industries;
  • Service Industries, with an initial focus on Indigenous tourism; and
  • Green Industries, which will include renewables and mining/minerals.

The First Food, Fisheries and Botanical Industry sectors are rapidly growing. Market forecasts for native foods and botanicals indicate that farmgate value will double in just five years, increasing from $21m in 2020 to $40m by 2025 (Laurie, 2020, ANFAB). Much of the growth opportunity lies in international markets.

Key research activities in the First Food, Fisheries and Botanical Industries research program include:

  • Provenance and certification: identify and address regulatory barriers across the supply chain. Map the supply chain for the top 20 first foods. Create methods for proving genetic and cultural provenance.
  • Wild harvest and catch engagement: research and trials to determine community-level aspirations, and develop harvesting, catch strategies and economic models to create income streams. Establish horticultural techniques to develop cultivars with desirable characteristics for markets and suitable for scalable production.
  • Production methods and agronomy research: develop and test production methods for plantations through research on propagation, site preparation, selection of varieties and species for local ecosystems, position and soil suitability. Develop aquaculture methods that work with mixed farming systems. Develop agronomic insights on growing, maintenance and harvesting.
  • Markets and value-add technologies: identify, research and test processing and preservation techniques to develop new technologies. Test for microbial contamination, screen for toxicology, and develop technologies for provenance tracking using isotopes, chemical and DNA profiles.

Current opportunity

The EPIC CRC bid team is actively seeking additional solution providers and investment partners to join their second stage bid. Partners would be anticipated to contribute to the development of research programs and prioritisation of key research projects for the stage two bid.

Having submitted a stage one bid in late August 2021, they are awaiting formal advice in December 2021 from Cooperative Research Australia. Stage two bids would then be due for submission in February 2022.

Potential other applications

During its 10-year term, the CRC will aim to partner and collaborate with relevant initiatives and organisations to maximise the benefit of investment and to avoid duplication of effort.

Participating organisations and centres

During stage 1 EPIC CRC confirmed 59 partners. Our partners most strongly aligned with the First Food, Fisheries and Botanical Industry sector are (listed alphabetically): Atlas of Living Australia, Australian Native Food and Botanicals Industry Limited, (ANFAB), BioPplatforms Australia Limited, Atlas of Living Australia, The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, Charles Darwin University, First Nations Bushfood & Botanicals Alliance Australia (FNBBAA), Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), Food Futures Company Pty Ltd, Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), Gadji Gadji, Griffith University, HCare Australia Pty Ltd, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, Integria Healthcare (Australia) Pty Ltd, IP Australia, Jala Jala Treats Pty Ltd, Kaiyu Processing Pty Ltd, Menzies School of Health Research, South Australian Museum, Myera Group, Pundi Produce, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Woolgoolga Rainforest Products, Rainforest Bounty Pty Ltd, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), South Australian Museum, Pundi Produce, University of Queensland, Tiwi Resources, The University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, The University of Western Australia, The University of Tasmania, Warndu Pty Ltd, Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, Woolgoolga Rainforest Products.

Opportunity type

Seeking investment, Seeking partners

Express interest by

February 2022
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Readiness

Mid (TRL 5-7)
Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
What does this mean?
Describes the stage of the challenge or opportunity being pursued.

Project led by

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Beverage Cereal grains Essential oils Fruits Game Nuts Other rural industries Packaged food Pasture, fodder & feed Pulse grains Vegetables Wild catch fisheries

Economic Participation of Indigenous Communities Cooperative Research Centre (EPIC CRC)

The Economic Participation of Indigenous Communities Cooperative Research Centre (EPIC CRC) is a co-led initiative by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from industry and research to develop innovation, access, benefit sharing, knowledge protection and business growth.

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Beverage Cereal grains Essential oils Fruits Game Nuts Other rural industries Packaged food Pasture, fodder & feed Pulse grains Vegetables Wild catch fisheries
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Other

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