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The Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, has approved $158 million in grant funding to three Round 22 applications. These are:

  • Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre
  • Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MB-CRC)
  • Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC)

Round 23 dates (scheduled)

  • Stage 1 open 30 June 2021
  • Stage 1 close 24 August 2021
  • Stage 2 open December 2021
  • Stage 2 close February 2022
  • Interviews to be held March 2022
  • Outcomes announcement May 2022
  • Funding to start second half of 2022

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants – Round 23


Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants provide funding for medium to long-term, industry-led research collaborations. Find out about CRC grants and how to help improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

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What do you get?

Up to 50% of eligible grant project costs for an industry-led research collaboration.

Who is this for?

A collaboration between at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation.

Overview


CRC Grants are part of the CRC Program. The CRC Program supports industry, research and the community in 2 ways:

  • CRC Grants – support medium to long term industry-led collaborative research, for up to 10 years.
  • CRC Projects (CRC-P) grants – support short term, industry-led collaborative research, for up to 3 years.

CRC Grants provide funding for collaborations to solve industry identified problems.

CRCs must:

  • be a medium to long-term industry-led collaborative research program
  • aim to solve industry identified problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries
  • include an industry-focused education and training program, including a PhD program that builds capability and capacity
  • increase research and development (R&D) capacity in small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • encourage industry take up of research

There is no specified limit to funding for each CRC. However, the number of CRC Grants we fund in each selection round depends on the applications received and available funding.

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

If you're after shorter-term funding to develop new technologies, products and services, go to our CRC Projects page.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

CRC grant applications are open to all industry sectors, research disciplines and community sectors.

To be eligible you must:

  • submit your application from a group that has agreed to collaborate
  • have at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation in your collaboration
  • show you can at least match the grant funding
  • if successful, establish the CRC as an incorporated company, limited by guarantee
  • be a medium to long term industry-led collaborative research project aimed at solving industry-identified problems and improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries
  • include an industry-focused education and training program, which must include, but is not limited to, a PhD program which complements the research program and increases engagement, technology development, skilled employees and R&D capacity within industry entities
  • implement strategies which build the R&D capacity within SMEs
  • deploy research outputs and encourage take-up by industry.

Applying


How do you apply?

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants – Round 23 is closed to applications

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Grant recipients

Find outcomes of the current and previous CRC Grants selection rounds.

CRC support organisations


Program documents


Cooperative Research Centres fact sheet

Cooperative Research Centres frequently asked questions

CRC directory July 2018-19

Growth through Innovation and Collaboration - Miles Review 2015

Guidelines on security in the CRC Program

Round 23 documents


CRC Round 23 – Grant opportunity guidelines

CRC Round 23 – Fact sheet

CRC Round 23 – Sample application form Stage 1

CRC Round 23 – Partner declaration template

CRC Round 23 – Stage 1 Detailed Contributions template (Stage 1)

CRC term sheet – Attachment A

Partner agreement sample

Previous rounds sample documents


CRC round 21/22 - Sample grant agreement

CRC round 22 – Stage 2 – Sample application form

CRC round 22 – Stage 2 – Interview fact sheet

CRC round 21 – Stage 2 Interview fact sheet

CRC round 22 – Stage 2 – Template financial spreadsheet

CRC round 22 – Stage 2 – Sample impact tool

CRC round 22 – Stage 2 – Impact tool user guide

CRC round 22 – Stage 2 – Template milestone spreadsheet

CRC round 20 – Impact tool user guide

CRC round 20 – Impact tool

Existing CRCs


Find a list of currently funded CRCs.

CRC Round 22 – Grant opportunity guidelines

CRC round 21 – Grant opportunity guidelines

CRC Program Guidelines 2017

CRC Program Guidelines 2015

CRC quarterly report guidelines

CRC Annual Report Guidelines 2020-21

CRC MDQ spreadsheet 2020-21

CRC MDQ 2020-21 Information

CRC annual and quarterly excel reporting template rounds 15-17 (sample template)

CRC annual and quarterly excel reporting template round 18 (sample template)

CRC annual and quarterly excel reporting template round 19 (sample template)

CRC annual and quarterly excel reporting template round 20 (sample template)

CRC contract variation guidelines

CRC program contract variation request