CSIRO in the driver seat to commercialise research

The agency has a big role in the researcher accelerator programme – it’s making more of it

The plan is for the agency to run stage three – where uni research is made market-ready. There’s $150m for CSIRO’s Main Sequence Ventures, “to continue the channel for high-value opportunities to be taken to market,” (CMM April 1).

But the agency is interested in engaging earlier – it’s looking for somebody to support “researchers to identify and develop suitable projects, maintain a pipeline of potential projects and triaging enquires across the ecosystem.” And presumably who will get along with the eight experts in the national manufacturing priorities who the plan states will work with researchers and report to the accelerator’s advisory board. Unless CSIRO wants to hire them as well.