Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants


Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants provide funding for medium to long-term, industry-led research collaborations. Find out about CRC grants and how to help improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.
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What do you get?

50% of your project value for an industry-led collaboration.

Who is this for?

A collaboration between at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation.

Overview


CRC Grants are part of the CRC Program. The CRC Program supports industry, research and the community in 2 ways:

  • CRC Grants – support medium to long term industry-led collaborative research, for up to 10 years.
  • CRC Projects (CRC-P) grants – support short term, industry-led collaborative research, for up to 3 years.

CRC Grants provide funding for collaborations to solve industry identified problems. 

CRCs must:

  • be a medium to long-term industry-led collaborative research program
  • aim to solve industry identified problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries
  • include an industry-focused education and training program, including a PhD program that builds capability and capacity
  • increase research and development (R&D) capacity in small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • encourage industry take up of research

There is no specified limit to funding for each CRC. However, the number of CRC Grants we fund in each selection round depends on the applications received and available funding.

Applicants must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. Find out more about in-kind contributions in the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines. 

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

CRC grant applications are open to all industry sectors, research disciplines and community sectors.

To be eligible you must:

  • submit your application from a group that has agreed to collaborate
  • have at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation in your collaboration
  • show you can at least match the grant funding
  • show you are able to do eligible activities

What activities are eligible?

Eligible activities include:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training
  • conferences, workshops and communications
  • collaboration with international organisations

You can only spend grant funds on expenses outlined in your grant agreement. You can find more information on eligibility in the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Applying


How do you apply?

The CRC Grants are currently closed to applications.
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Customer stories


We’re proud of the funding we’ve provided to support Australian research. Learn about some of our previous customers and their CRC achievements.

CRC Program


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Program documents


CRC Program frequently asked questions

CRC directory July 2018-19

Round 21 documents


CRC Round 21 sample application form - stage 1 (note the application is submitted via a SmartForm)

CRC Round 21 sample application form - stage 2 (note the application is submitted via a SmartForm)

CRC Round 21 Stage 2 Interview fact sheet

CRC Round 21 Financial data spreadsheet

CRC Round 21 sample grant agreement template

Round 21 Impact tool sample (note the impact tool is submitted via a SmartForm)

CRC Round 21 impact tool user guide

CRC Round 21 Milestone spreadsheet spreadsheet

CRC program grant opportunity guidelines

CRC Program round 21 – fact sheet

CRC merit criteria fact sheet

CRC partner declaration template

CRC term sheet template

CRC term sheet - attachment A

Round 20 documents


CRC Round 20 impact tool user guide

CRC Round 20 impact tool

Existing CRCs


Find a list of currently funded CRCs.

CRC Online

Access the contract management system (portal) for registered CRC users.

CRC quarterly report guidelines

CRC pre selection round 18 annual report guidelines

CRC post selection round 18 annual report guidelines

CRC contract variation guidelines

CRC Program contract variation request

CRC Program branding guidelines

CRC Program MDQ spreadsheet 2019-20