Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants

At a glance


Provides medium to long term industry-led collaborations with matched funding to solve industry problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, a collaboration must:

  • contain at least one Australian industry entity and one Australian research organisation
  • be able to match the grant funding sought.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

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CRC Round 21

Applications are closed for CRC Round 21. The outcomes of Stage 1 are expected to be announced in September 2019.

CRC Round 20 outcomes announced

Throughout March and April 2019, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP announced the outcomes of CRC Round 20.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) 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 eligible activities. CRCs must:

  • be a medium to long term industry-led collaborative research project to solve industry-identified problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries
  • include 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
  • implement strategies that build the R&D capacity within SMEs, and
  • deploy research outputs and encourage take-up by industry.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training activities, such as internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations
  • conferences, workshops, symposia related to the joint research
  • related information sharing and communication initiatives related to the joint research
  • collaboration with international organisations and/or with companies with global supply chains and access to international markets, to provide national benefits to Australia.

We may also approve other activities.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure you have defined in your grant agreement. Guidance on eligible expenditure, in-kind contributions, eligible special purpose expenditure and ineligible expenditure can be found in the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Eligibility criteria

Applications are open to all industry sectors and research disciplines. To be eligible for a CRC grant, applications must:

  • be submitted by a group of applicants who have agreed to collaborate
  • the collaboration must, at a minimum, include one Australian industry entity and one Australian research organisation
  • demonstrate the ability to at least match the grant funding sought
  • demonstrate the ability to undertake eligible activities of a CRC as outlined in the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Merit criteria

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

The merit criteria and weightings are:

Merit criterion 1

Project alignment with the program objectives (total 25 points)

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  1. the industry identified problem and how this is impacting the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, including links to government priorities (10 points)
  2. how your project will foster high quality research through collaborative industry-research partnerships (10 points)
  3. the additionality or value add of the proposed project in relation to the existing approach that industry has to solving the problem. (5 points)

Merit criterion 2

The quality of your research project (total 25 points)

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  1. the research you will do and the methodologies you will use, including describing the role of your partners in the research (10 points)
  2. how the research will address the identified industry problem or problems, build on the current body of knowledge and enhance the adoption of new technologies (5 points)
  3. the education and training opportunities your project will provide, including a PhD program, that will build capability and capacity in the industry and research sectors. (10 points)

Merit criterion 3

Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (total 25 points):

You should demonstrate this through identifying:

  1. how you will manage and monitor your project and your partners, explaining the governance and planning arrangements (8 points)
  2. a plan to manage and monitor the project including risk management of but not limited to: involvement of international partners, intellectual property protection, data security, protection of nationally significant information and cyber security risks (10 points)
  3. your access to required resources including personnel with the right skills (project/business/commercialisation management) and experience (names/qualifications and achievements), funding, infrastructure, technology and intellectual property (5 points)
  4. why your collaboration is the most appropriate to solve the identified problem with specific reference to any existing collaborations. (2 points)

Merit criterion 4

Impact of the grant funding on your project (total 25 points)

You should demonstrate this through identifying:

  1. the likelihood that the project would proceed without the grant and how the grant will impact the project in terms of scale and timing (5 points)
  2. the total investment the grant will leverage and why the Australian Government should invest in your project (10 points)
  3. the commercial potential of the project including the expected commercial outputs such as new products, processes or services, and/or any expected spill over benefits. (10 points)

For more information on merit criteria please refer to the merit criteria fact sheet and the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guideline.

How to apply

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants is currently closed to applications.

Round 21 indicative timing

Stage 1 Open Stage 1 Close Stage 2 Open Stage 2 Close Outcomes Expected Funding From
30 April 2019 1 July 2019 September 2019 October 2019 December 2019 July 2020

For more information on CRC rounds please refer to the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

If your application is successful

If you are successful in Stage 1, you will receive an invitation letter to progress to Stage 2 of the assessment process. This letter may include feedback on your Stage 1 application.

In Stage 2, applicants will be invited to:

  • submit a Stage 2 application
  • attend an interview with the CRC Advisory Committee.

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 Grant Agreement.

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

Key documents

  • CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines Round 21 
  • CRC Round 21 Grant Opportunity Guidelines Factsheet
  • Sample application form – Stage 1
  • CRC Round 21 Sample Grant Agreement template
  • CRC Program Factsheet
  • CRC Program Frequently Asked Questions


  • CRC R21 Third Party and Partner Contribution template
  • Impact tool
  • Impact tool user guide
  • Term sheet template
  • Term sheet – Attachment A
  • Partner declaration template
  • Partner/Participants agreement
  • Merit criteria factsheet

Grant recipients

Selection rounds

To see details of current and previous selection rounds, go to CRC selection round outcomes.

List of CRCs

View the list of current CRCs funded under the CRC Program.

CRCs over time

The CRC Program was officially launched in 1990 and has been evaluated several times since it was established. After each evaluation, the Government of the day has renewed its commitment to funding of the program, sometimes with changes to the objectives and features of the program. The following summary details all of the CRCs funded since 1991 including their name, period, funding amount, objective and previous iterations.

  • List of Cooperative Research Centres over time

Customer stories

Find out how Australian research and industry have benefited from working with our Cooperative Research Centres in our customer stories.

Existing CRCs

CRC online

CRC online is the contract management system (portal) available to registered CRC users only.

  • CRC online user guide


  • Quarterly report guidelines – October 2017
  • Pre Round 18 Annual Report Guidelines - 2018-19
  • Post Round 18 Annual Report Guidelines - 2018-19
  • CRC Program MDQ spreadsheet 2019-20
  • CRC Directory July 2018-19
  • CRC Program contract variation guidelines
  • CRC Program contract variation request – Attachment A
  • CRC Program branding guidelines

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