Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) Grants

At a glance


Provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products and services.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be in a collaboration which contains at least two Australian industry organisations including one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and at least one Australian research organisation
  • be able to match the funding sought.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

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CRC-P grants support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes.

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

  • a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes. Projects should benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
  • industry-focused education and training activities, such as internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations.

Up to $3 million over three years is available for each CRC-P. The collaboration must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. 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 funding for the same activities or project previously or currently financed through any other funding scheme.

CRC-Ps will receive funding for a single, specified term to undertake the Project in the Funding Agreement.

Eligibility criteria

Collaborations from all industry sectors, research disciplines and community sectors can apply.

A lead participant (that is an industry entity) must submit the application. The collaboration must, at a minimum, include:

  • two Australian industry organisations including at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • one Australian research organisation.

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

Merit criteria

CRC-P applications are assessed through a competitive, merit based process.

The selection criteria and weightings are:

  1. the expected industry outcomes (30%)
  2. the proposed research project (30%)
  3. demonstrated governance and management capability (10%)
  4. the proposed education and/or training program (10%)
  5. value for money (10%)
  6. expected national benefits (10%).

For more information on the merit criteria please refer to the Program Guidelines.

How to apply

The application period closed at 5:00 pm AEDT on Tuesday 27 March 2018.

To access your submitted CRC-P application please sign in via the online portal.

5th selection round

Round Open Round Close Outcomes
Funding From
8 February 2018 27 March 2018 June 2018 July 2018

It is expected the 6th selection round will be held in the second half of 2018.

5th CRC-P selection round presentation

This presentation provides a general overview of CRC Projects and information on applying in the 5th CRC Projects selection round.

CRC-P Presentation February 2018

If your application is successful

If you are successful 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 will be notified in writing and may receive feedback on their applications.

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Factsheet – CRC Program
  • Frequently asked questions – CRC Program
  • Factsheet – How do I apply for a CRC Project?
  • Sample application form
  • Application financial workbook – funds, contributions and budget
  • Factsheet – Eligible expenditure and participant contributions
  • Factsheet – Addressing the selection criteria
  • Factsheet – Participant declaration
  • Participant declaration form
  • Sample funding agreement
  • Sample participants agreement

Grant recipients

Selection round outcomes

For details on successful selection round projects go to CRC Projects selection round outcomes.

Customer stories

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

Existing CRC-Ps


  • Reporting guidelines
  • CRC Program contract variation guidelines
  • CRC Program contract variation request – Attachment A
  • CRC Program branding guidelines

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