CRC selection round outcomes

20th CRC selection round

Stage 1 applications for the 20th CRC selection round opened on 1 May 2018 and closed on 3 July 2018. Twelve compliant applications were received for the 20th CRC selection round.

On 6 October 2018 the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology annouced six applications in the 20th CRC selection round to progress to Stage 2 of the assessment process (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Advanced Medical Biotechnologies CRC
  • Blue Economy CRC
  • Future Battery Industries CRC
  • Future Cities CRC
  • Future Food Systems CRC
  • SmartSat CRC

Only applicants invited to Stage 2 are eligible to access the application form and submit a business case with an impact tool for consideration.

The application period for Stage 2 closed on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Interviews with the CRC Advisory Committee will be held in Canberra on 7 and 8 February 2019.

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19th CRC selection round

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation and Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia have announced the outcomes of the 19th CRC selection round.

Application details Application summary

Digital Health CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl): $55,000,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions: $174,224,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Digital Health CRC will improve the health and health care of Australians and advance the economy through collaborative research and development that combines multi-disciplinary skills, industry knowledge, technologies, networks and data to: empower consumers; understand and manage health risks of individuals and communities; support clinical practice; improve system efficiency and access to quality care; and build and enhance businesses to provide high value jobs and solutions in a growing global market.

Fight Food Waste CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl): $30,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $102,900,000 (cash and in-kind)

To secure Australia's food future, the Fight Food Waste CRC will reduce food waste throughout the supply chain, transform unavoidable waste into innovative high-value co-products and engage with industry and consumers to deliver behavioural change. Winning this fight has a $20 billion annual prize by increasing industry profitability, tackling food insecurity and enhancing Australia’s reputation as a sustainable and trusted producer of premium food products.

Future Fuels CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl): $26,250,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions: $64,389,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Future Fuels CRC will provide enabling research and development to transition energy infrastructure to a low-carbon economy using fuels such as hydrogen and biogas. It will develop transition pathways for existing infrastructure and equipment to transport and use these new fuels today and well into the future. Collaborating with over 50 companies, 6 universities, the energy market operator and state regulators, this CRC will realise the potential to store and deliver reliable, clean, and affordable energy through both new and repurposed networks.


Grant Funding (GST excl): $50,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $165,738,000 (cash and in-kind)

Current declining mineral discovery rates mean fewer future mines. MinEx CRC will create new opportunities for mineral discovery by delivering: more productive, safer and environmentally friendly drilling methods; new technologies for collecting data while drilling; and exploration data on never before sampled deposits. The outcomes will also grow the high value Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.
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Cyber Security CRC announced

On 22 September 2017, the Hon Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, jointly announced funding for a Cyber Security CRC.

Application details Application summary

Cyber Security CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl): $50,000,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions: $89,789,000 (cash and in-kind)

Australia must be, and be recognised as, a secure and trusted place to do business. This will benefit the economy by enabling industry to attract and increase investment, trade and commerce. Industry is increasingly cyber connected and reliant on a secure cyber experience. The Cyber Security CRC will deliver solutions that increase the security of critical infrastructure and provide cyber security solutions that benefit businesses and their customers.

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18th CRC selection round

On 7 March 2017, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science announced the outcomes of the 18th CRC selection round. The four successful applicants are detailed below.

Application details Application Summary

CRC for High Performance Soils

Grant Funding (GST excl): $39,500,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $136,843,552 (cash and in-kind)

The CRC for High Performance Soils (CRC-HPS) will give farmers the knowledge and tools they need to make decisions on extremely complex soil management issues. CRC-HPS bridges the gap between soil science and farm management. Our practical, real-world outputs will allow farmers to optimise their productivity, yield and profitability, and ensure the long-term sustainability of their farming businesses.

CRC for Honey Bee Products

Grant Funding (GST excl): $7,000,000 over 5 years

Participant Contributions: $19,222,384 (cash and in-kind)

This CRC for Honey Bee Products is opportune given the increased demand for ‘clean and green’ products internationally and the discovery of Australian Manuka honey. Unique floral hive sites will be linked to product quality control processes to underpin the healthy product image for national and international markets. Inter-disciplinary researchers together with industry, will create valuable, proprietary knowledge and systems whilst providing a training platform for continuous improvement.

Food Agility CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl): $50,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $161,964,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Food Agility CRC aims to empower Australia's food industry to grow its comparative advantage through digital transformation. The CRC will integrate the agile culture and processes of the digital economy through a whole-of-value-chain lens for fresh and processed food.

The approach is to share data to build brand, markets, jobs and exports. Teams spanning agriculture, food and technology-related disciplines and will maximise impacts for the food and agribusiness sector.

iMove CRC

Grant Funding (GST excl): $55,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $178,780,000 (cash and in-kind)

The iMOVE CRC is tackling the growing challenges to efficient movement of people and freight. It is exploiting the digital revolution and evolving vehicle technologies to enable traffic to flow more smoothly, create more efficient connections between transport modes and provide choice to travellers and freight operators through real time information. In this way it will deliver reduced congestion, fuel use and emissions, and improved national productivity and international competitiveness.

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