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Cooperative Research Centres Program (CRC) – Overview


This program aims to support industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community.

The objectives of the program are 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 program contains two funding streams:
1. Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)
- To support medium to long term, industry-led collaborations.
- Grants of up to 50% of the resources will be provided with no specified limit to funding available for each CRC.
- Available annually. Round 20 opened 1 May and closed 3 July 2018, 5pm AEST. The next funding round is expected to open in early 2019.

2. Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps)
- To support short term, industry-led collaborative research.
- Grants between $100,000 and $3 million (GST exclusive) are available up to three years.
- The Australian government has committed $25 million in additional funding for CRC Projects with a specific focus on artificial intelligence. This funding will be available from Round 6 onwards.
- Available biannually. The 2018 application dates are:
a) Round 5: Opened 8 February and closed 27 March, 5pm
b) Round 6: Opened 2 August and closed 13 September, 5pm

The collaboration must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions.

A total funding pool of $710 million is available from 2017-18 to 2020-21.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include all industry sectors and research disciplines.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the specific eligibility requirements of each stream.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must address the program's objectives.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the specific eligible activities of each stream.

Main Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the Guidelines for the specific assessment criteria of each stream.

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Factsheet 2018-08-06 Download
FAQs 2018-08-06 Download

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Closing Information
The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Total Funding Pool $710M
Co-contribution Yes 1:1
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Training / Employment
Innovation and R&D
CommunityServices : Other
Education : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Program Administrator
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