Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) Research Project FundingOverview
This program aims to develop innovative new products and services in Australia’s manufacturing sector. 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. In-kind contributions are also sought however are not matched, and nor is capital expenditure.
A total funding pool of $40 million is available over a seven-year term from 2015 to 2022. Of this, $30 million is allocated to industry led research projects. With matched funding from the Commonwealth for industry projects, this results in $60 million of investment in research through Australian research organisations. A further $10 million of Commonwealth funding is allocated to industry transformation and education programs.
Eligible applicants include manufacturing businesses that wish to research innovative manufacturing technologies and processes.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.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Why, what and how
- Project benefits
- Markets and competition
- Fit with IMCRC objectives
- Intellectual property
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.
- Research & Development
- Business Support