Defence Cooperative Research Centres Program

At a glance

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Provides Defence Cooperative Research Centres with funding to develop next generation technologies to future-proof Australia’s defence and national security capabilities.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a company incorporated in Australia (industry participant) or
  • be a Publically Funded Research Organisation (PFRO) or entity incorporated in Australia that conducts research and development (research participant).

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Ongoing opportunities will be published on the Defence Innovation Portal. This currently includes the Defence CRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems.


Contact information:

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business.gov.au/contact

Defence Innovation Portal

Overview

The program will establish Defence Cooperative Research Centres (Defence CRCs) to deliver game-changing capabilities critical to Australia’s defence and national security. Program funding will enable Defence CRCs to partner with industry, particularly SMEs, and researchers to develop next generation technologies to improve Australia’s defence and national security capabilities.

Funding available

The Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) has been allocated $730 million from 2016-17 to 2025-26 to invest in strategic technologies. The Defence CRC program will foster collaboration between Defence, industry including SMEs, and research organisations to develop new technologies.

Eligibility criteria

To become a participant in a Defence CRC you must be:

  • a company incorporated in Australia (industry participant) or
  • a Publically Funded Research Organisation (PFRO) or entity incorporated in Australia that conducts research and development (research participant).

You must also:

  • be prepared to enter into an industry participant agreement or a research participant agreement
  • accept the terms of the Defence CRC project agreement template
  • be prepared to actively participate in the Defence CRC and
  • be willing and able to pay the annual fee to the Defence CRC.

The Defence CRC board will invite participants and, where necessary and appropriate, third parties to apply to take part in projects.

How it works

The Minister for Defence Industry will decide and announce the establishment of a Defence CRC, its chair and the priorities it will address.

The chair will facilitate applications from eligible entities to join the Defence CRC as industry participants and research participants at its formation. The chair will prepare the plan for the formation of the Defence CRC for approval by the Minister.

Once a plan is approved, the founding participants (including Defence) will form the Defence CRC as a company limited by guarantee (Defence CRC company), governed by a board responsible for its day-to-day operations. The Defence CRC will enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.

Participants contribute to a Defence CRC’s schedule of work and are eligible to apply to participate in its approved projects. Participants may become members of the Defence CRC company.

The Defence CRC will develop project proposals and the board will approve projects aligned with the goals and objectives of the Defence CRC. The board will invite Defence CRC participants and, where appropriate, third parties to apply to take part in each project.

For more information on the formation and governance of the Defence CRC go to section 4 of the program guidelines.

Merit criteria

Applications to become a participant must rate highly against these merit criteria:

  • the research excellence and significance of contributions in a technology area of relevance to the Defence CRC’s goals and objectives
  • the capacity to contribute to the achievement of the Defence CRC’s goals and objectives and
  • the capacity and capability to effectively contribute to a collaborative team.

How to apply

You should read the program guidelines before you apply.

Opportunities for participation in a Defence CRC have been announced on the Defence Innovation Portal, including information about how you can apply to become a participant.

How we assess applications

The chair will assess eligible applications for founding participants. Once the Defence CRC company is established, this role will pass to the board.

To be successful, applications must rate highly against all merit criteria.

The merit criteria are equally weighted.

If your application is successful

When a Defence CRC is established, opportunities for participation in the Defence CRC will be announced on the Defence Innovation Portal. Organisations may apply to become a participant at formation of a Defence CRC and at any time following.

To become a participant in a Defence CRC you must be:

  • a company incorporated in Australia (industry participant) or
  • a Publically Funded Research Organisation (PFRO) or entity incorporated in Australia that conducts research and development (research participant).

The Defence CRC board will invite participants and, where appropriate, third parties to apply to take part in projects.

Sample participant applications and agreements are published on the Defence Innovation Portal.

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample grant agreement (between the Defence CRC and Commonwealth)
  • Standard Project Agreement
  • Industry Participant Application and Agreement
  • Research Participant Application and Agreement
  • Industry Participant Terms and Conditions
  • Research Participant Terms and Conditions

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