Chris Buller and William Taylor
ICAM Centre, Australian National University & CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia

We discuss an innovative scheme, the Cooperative Research Centers Program, established by the Australian government in 1991, which has a major objective of delivering research output of direct benefit to Australian industries. We focus on one of the first of the centers to be established.

Key words: agriculture; biotechnology; Cooperative Research Center (CRC); Industry Associates; patents; research investment; research management; risk management.