The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme is an Australian Government Initiative administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. The CRC program supports end user driven research collaborations to address major challenges facing Australia. CRCs pursue solutions to these challenges that are innovative, of high impact and capable of being effectively deployed by the end users.On the 16th February 2013 the Prime Minister announced the latest round of Funding approvals for this programme. Among the four programs approved was the CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity with a budget of $14.48 million. Its purpose is to reduce the burden of impaired alertness on the safety, productivity and health of all Australians
It will build on Australia’s strengths in sleep and alertness research by bringing together expert knowledge, state of the art technologies, and key industry partners.
It will develop and deploy the next generation of shift scheduling and workplace design techniques; alertness assessment devices; individualised programs for better sleep health; and, a range of innovative strategies to reduce fatigue. These new products and services will improve alertness and performance, resulting in fewer injuries, enhanced workplace efficiency and improved quality of life in our 24-hour society. Its end user focussed education programme will provide the structure and support to train future leaders in the field. The Australasian Sleep Trials Networkwill be a vital portal to the clinical research capacity of the Australian sleep research community.
The Sleep Health Foundation is a partner in this program and will play a key role in the communication of research findings and the presentation of new alertness management capabilities in the context of a safe and productive community.
The success of the application reflects the strength and quality of Australian sleep research and the importance of sleep health and its impact on the daily lives of Australians. Through this new CRC, Australia’s tradition of innovative sleep research and policy will continue.