Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program is a competitive, merit based grant program that supports industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry, researchers and the community.

  • Status: Open
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry

Overview

Current status as at September 2017:

On 23 August 2017 the Minister approved separate new guidelines for CRC grants and CRC Project grants replacing the previous overarching CRC Program Guidelines.

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 Cooperative Research Centres 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 CRC Program. They also provide advice to the Minister on matters including application assessments and recommendations in relation to selection processes.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) grants

CRC grants provide successful CRC applicants with access to grant funds for up to 10 years for collaborations from industry, research and community sectors to develop important new technologies, products and services.

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

To find out more and to apply, see Cooperative Research Centre (CRCs) grants.

Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-Ps) grants

Successful CRC-P grant applicants are provided grant funds for up to three years for collaborations from industry, research and community sectors to solve industry problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of the Australian industries.

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, see Cooperative Research Centre - Project (CRC-P) grants.

CRC for Developing Northern Australia Project Funding Round

In advance of the establishment of the CRC for Developing Northern Australia, the government called for a specific round of applications for short term collaborative research projects that would lead to direct impacts for northern Australia. The round is now closed to applications.

This funding round will provide CRC Program funding of up to $3 million over terms of up to three years for projects which address industry problems in tropical health and medicine, including models of care; and tropical and northern agriculture including animal and plant improvement and sustainability.

To find out more, see CRC for Developing Northern Australia Project Funding Round.

Upcoming selection rounds

To find out about upcoming selection rounds, see:

For selection round outcomes see:

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

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.

Further information is available on the Industry Growth Centres Initiative web page.

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