Current CRC selection round

19th CRC selection round

Applications for the 19th CRC selection round opened on 24 May 2017 and closed on 12 July 2017. Applications are currently being assessed by the CRC Advisory Committee and the Minister will determine which applications will proceed to stage two.

It is expected that the outcomes of stage one of the selection process will be announced in September 2017 and successful shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a stage two application. Stage two applications include a full business case with impact tool and are expected to be due in November 2017. Shortlisted stage two applicants will be invited to attend interviews in February/early March 2018 with the CRC Advisory Committee.

Please note that stage two of the selection process is by invitation only and only applicants successful at stage one and invited to stage two by the Minister are able to submit an application.

The CRC Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the Minister as to which applications are suitable for funding and the Minister will determine which applications will be supported.

The final outcomes of the round are expected to be announced in April 2018 with funding to commence from 1 July 2018. 

The 20th CRC selection round is expected to be held in 2018.

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. These CRCs are expected to commence operations in mid 2017.

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.

The four successful applicants were among the 14 compliant stage one applications received by 31 March 2016 for the 18th CRC selection round. Seven of the stage one applicants were invited to stage two of the assessment process and were asked to submit a full business case. After submitting business cases by 21 October 2016 the applicants attended interviews with the CRC Advisory Committee on 29 and 30 November 2016.

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