Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-Ps) grants

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants - supporting short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services. CRC-Ps solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes

  • Status: Closed
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry


Current status as at September 2017: On 23 August 2017 the Minister approved separate new guidelines for CRC grants and CRC Project grants replacing the previous overarching CRC Program Guidelines.

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.

What support or funding is available?

Up to $3 million over three years is available for each CRC-P.

The CRC-P 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 projectpreviously 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.

Who can apply?

Collaborations from industry, research and community sectors can apply.

A lead participant (that is an industry entity) must submit the application.

What are the eligibility criteria?

A CRC-P must have at least:

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

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

What are the merit criteria?

CRC-P applications are assessed 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-P 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-P.

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.

More details on how to apply can be found in the CRC-P Factsheet No 1.

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

Upcoming selection rounds

CRC Projects


Round Open

Round Close

Outcomes Announced

Funding From

CRC-P round 3

7 February 2017

22 March 2017

26 June 2017

July 2017

CRC-P round 4

3 July 2017

29 August 2017

November 2017

January 2018

It is expected that the annual timing of future CRC-P grants selection rounds will follow that of the 3rd and 4th CRC-P grants selection rounds.

To check if a round is open and see the current application documentation, see the CRC-P Open Round information page.

To see the outcomes of the latest and previous rounds, see CRC-P grants selection outcomes page.

CRC-P grant information sessions

During open selection rounds, information sessions may be run to help new applicants.

Before attending a CRC-P information session, we ask that you read the CRC-P FAQ, Factsheets and Frequently Asked Questions.

Information sessions are not currently scheduled. Dates for future information sessions will be made available in due course.

A webinar information session on the 2nd CRC Projects selection round was held in October 2016. The session provided important information about the application process and what applicants need to consider when completing the application form. Please note that this video is provided for general information only and does not specifically relate to other CRC Projects selection rounds and application requirements. The 2nd CRC Projects selection round information session video is available below:

2nd CRC Projects Selection Round Information Session Video

How will I know if I am 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.

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.

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