Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme

Tell me about the assistance

The CRC Programme is a competitive, merit based grant programme that supports industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry, researchers and the community.

  • Status: Open (accepting applications)
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry

Overview

The Cooperative Research Centres Programme (CRC) is led by industry to develop important new technologies, products and services. The Programme works to help solve major economic, environmental and social challenges facing Australia.

The Programme aims to:

  • improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength
  • deliver outcomes in line with government priorities, which are:
    • growth sectors
    • science and research.
  • encourage and enable small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research
  • foster high quality research to help solve industry specific problems through collaborative research partnerships between:
    • industry entities and
    • research organisations.

What support or funding is available?

The Programme has two funding streams:

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)

  • support for medium to long term industry-led collaborations
  • funding available for up to ten years
  • no specified limit to funding available for each CRC.

Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-Ps)

  • support for short term, industry-led collaborative research
  • funding available for up to three years
  • maximum of $3 million (GST exclusive) available for each CRC-P.

The CRC/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 or the project of the CRC-P. 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 CRC Programme Funding for the same activities or project previously or currently financed through any other funding scheme.

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

Who can apply?

Collaborations from industry, research and community sectors can apply.

CRC: A group of participants who have agreed to collaborate can submit an application on behalf of their group.

CRC-P: A lead participant (that is an industry entity) must submit the application.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Applicants

A CRC must have at least:

  • one Australian industry organisation and
  • one Australian research organisation.

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 and CRC-P eligibility criteria is available in the Programme Guidelines.

What are the merit criteria?

We assess CRCs and CRC-P applications separately through a competitive, merit-based process.

The selection criteria are:

  • the expected industry outcomes
  • the proposed research activities or project
  • demonstrated governance and management capability
  • the proposed education and/or training programme
  • value for money
  • expected national benefits.

Selection criteria weightings:

  • (a) and (b) – 30% each
  • (c), (d), (e) and (f) – 10% each.

Further information on CRC and CRC-P merit criteria is available in the Programme 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 or 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.

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

How will I know if I am successful?

CRCs

If you are successful in stage 1, you will receive an invitation letter to:

  • submit a full written business case stage 2 application
  • be available for an interview.

If you are successful in stage 2, 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 to finalise the funding agreement.

Unsuccessful applicants at both stages may receive feedback and may have the chance to discuss their application with us.

CRC-Ps

If you are successful, you will receive a letter of offer setting out funding details and any conditions that you must address before entering a formal agreement. You will need to:

  • accept the offer
  • enter into negotiations with the Department to finalise the funding agreement.

Unsuccessful applicants may receive feedback and have the chance to discuss their application with us.

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.

Existing CRCs and CRC-Ps

CRC online is the contract management system (portal) used by existing CRCs.

Key documents

CRC Programme

CRCs

CRC-Ps



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