Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

20th CRC selection round

On 6 October 2018 the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology announced the outcomes of Stage 1 of the 20th CRC selection round. Applicants invited to Stage 2 of the 20th CRC selection round must submit applications by 5:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Information on the selection round is available on the CRC Grants page.

6th CRC Projects (CRC-P) selection round

The 6th CRC Projects round closed on 13 September 2018. In the 2018-19 Budget the Australian Government committed $25 million in additional funding for CRC Projects with a specific focus on artificial intelligence. This funding will be available from the 6th round onwards.


The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It’s a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.

It aims to:

  • improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength and in line with government priorities
  • foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations
  • encourage and facilitate small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.

The overarching CRC Program offers support to industry, research and the community through two elements:

Innovation and Science Australia and its CRC Advisory Committee, provide strategic oversight of the Program. They also provide advice to the Minister on matters including application assessments and recommendations in relation to selection processes.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) grants

CRC grants provide successful applicants with access to grant funds for up to 10 years for collaborations from industry, research and community sectors to solve industry problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of the Australian industries.

A CRC must have at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation.

To find out more and to apply, go to:

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) grants

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants

Successful CRC-P grant applicants are provided grant funds for up to three years for collaborations from industry, research and community sectors to develop important new technologies, products and services.

CRC-Ps must have at least:

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

To find out more and to apply, go to:

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants

Program guidelines

CRCs and CRC-Ps will receive funding for a single, specified term to undertake the activities or project in the funding agreement.

  • CRC program guidelines
  • CRC Projects grant opportunity guidelines round 6

Grant recipients

For selection round outcomes, go to:

Defence Materials Technology Centre

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) is funded under the Defence Future Capability Technology Centre (DFCTC) Program. The DFCTC Program has similar characteristics of the Cooperative Research Centres Program, but focusses on enhancing Australia’s future defence preparedness.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science provides administrative and secretariat support to the DFCTC Program, and manages the DMTC funding agreement under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Defence.

Further information about the DMTC can be found on the Department of Defence website, or by visiting the DMTC website.

Industry Growth Centres

CRCs, CRC-Ps and Industry Growth Centres work together to be a catalyst for increased and more productive industry-research engagement. Growth Centres are in a prime position to identify emerging research challenges that are relevant to industry and encourage collaboration with the right industry players.

Please refer to following information on engaging with Industry Growth Centres:

  • Background information for CRC applicants

Further information on the Industry Growth Centres Initiative is available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.

CRC Association

The CRC Association is a not-for-profit organisation operating to promote the pursuit of science, particularly through the Cooperative Research Centres Program.

Further information about the association, including subscribing to its newsletter, is available at the CRC Association website.

More information

  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Growth through Innovation and Collaboration: A Review of the CRC Program – March 2015
  • The economic, social and environmental impacts of the CRC Program – September 2012

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