Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) Grants

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) grants support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services. CRC grants solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.

  • Status: Closed
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry


Current status as at October 2017:

The Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science has approved six applications in the 19th CRC selection round to progress to stage two of the assessment process and submit a full business case to support their applications.

The CRC programme is currently closed to new applicants.

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) grants support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.

To support the overall aims of the CRC Program, CRCs undertake the following essential activities:

  • medium to long term industry-led high quality collaborative research to solve industry-identified problems and deliver outcomes consistent with Government Priorities, improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries;
  • an industry-focused education and training program. This must include, but is not limited to, a PhD program that complements the research program and that increases engagement, technology development, skilled employees and R&D capacity within industry entities;
  • implementation of strategies that build the R&D capacity within SMEs;
  • deployment of research outputs and encouragement of take-up by industry.

What support or funding is available?

Cooperative Research Centre grants provide CRCs with up to 50% of the resources with no specified limit to funding available for each CRC.

The CRC collaboration must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. All in-kind contribution means non-cash resources provided by a participant to conduct the activities of the CRC. They may be staff or non-staff resources.

You can use the funding to support the costs of:

  • research
  • salaries
  • student placements
  • commercialisation
  • capital items, such as equipment.

You cannot use CRC Program Funding for the same activities or project previously or currently financed through any other funding scheme.

CRCs will receive funding for a single, specified term to undertake the Activities or Project in the Funding Agreement.

Who can apply?

Collaborations from industry, research and community sectors can apply.

A group of participants who have agreed to collaborate can submit an application.

What are the eligibility criteria?

A CRC must have at least:

  • one Australian industry organisation and
  • one Australian research organisation.

Further information on CRC eligibility criteria is available in the Program Guidelines.

What are the merit criteria?

The CRC Advisory Committee assess CRC applications separately through a competitive, merit based process.

The selection criteria are:

  1. the expected industry outcomes;
  2. the proposed research activities or project;
  3. demonstrated governance and management capability;
  4. the proposed education and/or training program;
  5. value for money; and
  6. expected national benefits.

Selection criteria weightings:

  • a) and b) – 30% each
  • c), d), e) and f) – 10% each.

Further information on CRC merit criteria is available in the Program Guidelines.

How do I apply?

When selection rounds open, the application form will be available in the [I’m ready to apply] tab, where you can select to apply for a CRC.

The agreed authorised representative must complete the application form.

You must identify an appropriate contact person that we can talk to in relation to your application.

Further information on CRC selection rounds is available in the Program Guidelines.

Upcoming selection rounds


Stage 1 Open

Stage 1 Close

Stage 2 Open

Stage 2 Close

Outcomes Announced

Funding From

CRC 19th selection round

24 May 2017

12 July 2017

September 2017

November 2017

March 2018

July 2018

Please note that the schedule for CRC grants selection rounds are indicative timelines only and are subject to change.

To see the outcomes of the latest round, see the current CRC grants selection outcomes page.

To see previous rounds, view the CRCs over time and Directory page.

How will I know if I am successful?

If you are successful in stage 1, you will receive an invitation letter to:

  • submit a full written business case stage 2 application
  • be available for an interview.

If you are successful in stage 2, you will receive a letter of offer setting out funding details and any conditions you must address before entering a formal agreement. You will need to:

  • accept the offer
  • enter into negotiations with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to finalise the funding agreement.

Unsuccessful applicants at both stages will be notified in writing and may receive feedback on their application.

How will payments be made?

Scheduled payments are made quarterly and are subject to the completion and compliance of a:

  • Commonwealth Funding Agreement
  • Participant Agreements
  • Quarterly Report.

Existing CRCs

CRC online is the contract management system (portal) used by existing CRCs.

The CRC online user guide is available to registered CRC users only.

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