Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program
CRC Grants Round 21
The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews has approved the outcomes of CRC Program Round 21 Stage 1.
CRC Projects (CRC-P) Round 8
The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP announced the opening of the CRC-P Round 8 on 13 August 2019. Round 8 includes $20 million in funding for projects that address reducing plastic waste and boosting plastics recycling and over $10 million for projects developing Australia's critical minerals capability. The round closed on 24 September 2019. Outcomes are expected to be announced in December 2019.
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 entity 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 grant 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.