Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) Grants

At a glance


Provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products and services.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be in a collaboration which contains at least two Australian industry organisations including one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and at least one Australian research organisation
  • be able to match the funding sought.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

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Successful CRC Projects in the 4th selection round

On 6 December 2017 the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science announced 15 CRC Projects in the 4th CRC Projects selection round. Further details on the successful projects page.

CRC-P grants support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes.

To support the overall aims of the CRC Program, CRC-Ps undertake the following essential activities:

  • a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes. Projects should benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
  • industry-focused education and training activities, such as internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations.

Up to $3 million over three years is available for each CRC-P. The 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. 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 funding for the same activities or project previously or currently financed through any other funding scheme.

CRC-Ps will receive funding for a single, specified term to undertake the Project in the Funding Agreement.

Eligibility criteria

Collaborations from all industry sectors, research disciplines and community sectors can apply.

A lead participant (that is an industry entity) must submit the application. The collaboration must, at a minimum, include:

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

For more information on eligibility please refer to the Program Guidelines.

Merit criteria

CRC-P applications are assessed through a competitive, merit based process.

The selection criteria and weightings are:

  1. the expected industry outcomes (30%)
  2. the proposed research activities or project (30%)
  3. demonstrated governance and management capability (10%)
  4. the proposed education and/or training program (10%)
  5. value for money (10%)
  6. expected national benefits (10%).

For more information on the merit criteria please refer to the Program Guidelines.

How to apply

When a selection round opens you can complete the online application form:

  • 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.

For more information on how to apply please refer to the Factsheet - How do I apply?

5th selection round

Round Open Round Close Outcomes
Funding From
February 2018 March 2018 June 2018 July 2018

4th selection round

Round Open Round Close Outcomes
Funding From
3 July 2017 29 August 2017 6 December 2017 January 2018

It is expected that the annual timing of future CRC-P grants selection rounds will follow that of the 4th and 5th selection rounds.

If your application is successful

If you are successful 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 of Industry, Innovation and Science to finalise the Funding Agreement.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing and may receive feedback on their applications.

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Sample application form
  • Sample funding agreement
  • CRC Program factsheet
  • CRC Program frequently asked questions


  • Factsheet - How do I apply?
  • Factsheet - Eligible project expenditure
  • Factsheet - Addressing the selection criteria
  • Factsheet - Addressing the benefit to cost ratio
  • Factsheet - Advanced manufacturing sector
  • Participant declaration form
  • Participant declaration – Factsheet
  • Sample participants agreement

Grant recipients

Selection round outcomes

For details on successful selection round projects go to CRC Projects selection round outcomes.

CRC Projects Directory

This directory provides a guide to all CRC-Ps that are currently funded. For more detailed information about a CRC-P’s research, commercialisation or education activities, contact the individual CRC-P using the details provided in each listing.

  • CRC Projects Directory 2016-17

Customer stories

Find out how Australian research and industry have benefited from working with our Cooperative Research Centres in our customer stories.

Existing CRC-Ps


  • Reporting guidelines
  • CRC Program contract variation guidelines
  • CRC Program contract variation request – Attachment A
  • CRC Program branding guidelines

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