Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program
7th CRC Projects (CRC-P) selection round
On 13 February 2019 the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology and the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan opened the 7th CRC Projects selection round. Whilst the 7th CRC Projects selection round is open to all industry sectors it includes $20 million in funding for CRC Projects with a specific focus on critical minerals. For further details see factsheets on CRC-P round 7.
6th CRC Projects (CRC-P) selection round
On 24 December 2018 the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology announced the outcomes of the 6th CRC Projects selection round. This round included additional funding, allocated in the 2018-19 Budget, for CRC Projects with a specific focus on artificial intelligence. For further details on successful projects see CRC Projects selection round outcomes.
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:
- Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) grants – to support medium to long term industry-led collaborative research, up to 10 years.
- Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants – to support short term, industry-led collaborative research, up to 3 years.
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 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:
CRCs and CRC-Ps will receive funding for a single, specified term to undertake the activities or project in the funding agreement.
For selection round outcomes, go to:
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:
The CRC Association is a not-for-profit organisation operating to promote the Cooperative Research Centres Program.
Further information about the association is available at the CRC Association website.