Cooperative Research Centres 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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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.


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 must:

  • be 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
  • benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
  • include education and training activities.

The minimum grant amount is $100,000.

The maximum grant amount is $3 million.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible grant project value.

The maximum grant period is 3 years.

You can use funding to support costs directly related to the project, including for:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training activities, such as internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations.
  • conferences, workshops, symposia related to the joint research
  • related information sharing and communication initiatives related to the joint research.

Other costs may also be eligible for grant funding.

You cannot use funding for the same activities or project previously or currently financed through any other funding scheme.

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible as a lead applicant you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and
  • be an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation, where your trading activities
    • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation or
    • are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

Each CRC-P must include and maintain amongst its project partners at least:

  • two Australian industry entities including at least one SME and
  • one Australian research organisation.

You are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant if you are:

  • an individual, partnership or trust
  • a research organisation
  • a Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • an entity where the majority of your funding is from government sources, for example grant programs
  • an entity whose primary function is administrative or to provide support services to a CRC-P.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • Merit criterion 1 - Project alignment with the program objectives (25 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 - The quality of your project (25 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 - Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (25 points)
  • Merit criterion 4 - Impact of the grant funding on your project (25 points)

For more information on the merit criteria please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

CRC Projects Round 8 is closed to applications.

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines, sample grant agreement and factsheets before you apply. Grant opportunity guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

Round 8 Timing

Round Open Round Close Outcomes Expected Funding From
13 August 2019 24 September 5:00pm (AEST) December 2019 1 January 2020

It is expected CRC Projects Round 9 will be held in the first half of 2020.

How we assess applications

Your application will initially be assessed against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

The CRC Advisory Committee will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications before recommending which projects to fund.

Applications must score highly against each merit criterion to be recommended for funding.

The evidence you provide to support your application should be proportional to the size and complexity of your project.

The Minister decides which grants to approve taking into account the recommendations of the committee and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If you are successful, we will email you and include in the email any specific conditions attached to the grant offer. If you are unsuccessful, We will make subsequent payments quarterly in advance according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement..

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will manage the grant agreement through the portal. We will make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement if we are satisfied that you have made significant progress in finalising the partners’ agreement. We will make subsequent payments quarterly in advance according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Information session

A webinar was held on Monday 2 September 2019 providing information on the program.

The presentation from the webinar is available:

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines round 8
  • Factsheet - CRC-P round 8
  • Factsheet - CRC Program
  • Frequently asked questions - CRC Program
  • Application financial workbook - funds, contributions and budget
  • Project partner declaration form
  • Partners agreement template
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement

Grant recipients

Selection round outcomes

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

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 rounds 1- 4
  • Program guidelines rounds 1- 5
  • Grant opportunity guidelines round 6
  • Grant opportunity guidelines round 7
  • CRC Program contract variation guidelines
  • CRC Program contract variation request – Attachment A
  • CRC Program branding guidelines

Secure Online Portal
The portal allows you to manage all aspects of your grant in a secure online environment.

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