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Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) Research Project Funding


This program aims to help catalyse the transformation of Australian manufacturing through collaborative investment, research impact and innovation. It operates in the context of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian manufacturing firms, and to drive digital and business model transformation.

The program currently has four themes which will continue to evolve over time to align with new innovations and industry demand:
- Theme 1: Additive manufacturing processes
- Theme 2: Automated and assistive technologies
- Theme 3: High value product development
- Theme 4: Industrial transformation program

Funding between $250,000 to $3 million is available on a dollar-for-dollar matched funding basis. By exception, projects may be considered between $150,000 and $250,000, where these projects have a strong fit to the IMCRC strategy and project selection criteria.

Applicants are required to provide co-contribution in cash and in-kind. Please refer to the Guidelines for the co-contribution requirements.

A total funding pool of $40 million is available over a seven-year term from 2015 to 2022.

The Committee will meet on a regular basis to assess new project applications and review milestones and progress reports for each project and make recommendations to the Board.

Applicants are advised to contact the program administrator prior to submitting an application.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include manufacturing businesses that wish to research innovative manufacturing technologies and processes and who:
- Intend to invest in a manufacturing R&D project of at least 18 months in duration with an IMCRC partner Australian research organisation.
- Understand that the matched cash investment from IMCRC can only be used to fund external research and cannot be used to fund your internal company costs.
- Intend to invest in R&D that utilises or creates new manufacturing technologies with commercial outcome.
- Already have a manufacturing proof of concept and plan to develop this through to readiness to invest in pilot line production/early stage commercialisation (i.e. scale-up).
- Are willing to involve other Australian manufacturing SMEs as collaborators during the project (e.g. partners, suppliers, providers, customers) to enable wider benefits.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects must:
- Be industry led, deliver clear manufacturing outcomes, and involve innovative and advanced manufacturing (ideally within a key growth sector).
- Demonstrate genuine collaboration, including with SMEs, and also with Growth Centres and other CRCs.
- Create opportunities to access global supply chains.
- Deliver wider/multiplier benefits to Australian manufacturing industry.
- Contribute to the sector transformation and sustainability.
- Require high quality research with Universities, CSIRO and/or other research organisations in Australia, and facilitates PhD student scholarships.
- Have a clear IP utilisation/commercialisation plan and return on investment (IMCRC does not own Project IP – ownership is determined between the industry and research participants where it can most effectively be commercialised).
- Have a clear business innovation and transformation plan and/or Industry 4.0 adoption plan. IMCRC is developing education and training materials and methodology to facilitate this.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of eligible costs.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Why, what and how
- Project benefits
- Markets and competition
- Fit with IMCRC objectives
- Commercialisation
- Personnel
- Intellectual property

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.

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  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Application Form 2018-04-18 Download
Guidelines 2018-04-18 Download
Overview 2019-05-16 Download
Milestone and Financial Template 2018-04-18 Download

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Status Open
Closing Information
This program is open on an ongoing basis until all funds are fully expended.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $250,000
Max.Funding $3M
Total Funding Pool $40M
Co-contribution Yes 1:1
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Innovation and R&D
Who Can Apply?
Healthcare, Medical, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
Food and Beverage
Energy and Renewables
Building, Construction and Engineering
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Program Administrator
Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre Ltd (IMCRC)
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website