CRC Grants Round 24 - Stage 2 outcomes

The Hon Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science, announced the outcomes of CRC Grants Round 24 on 12 December 2023.

Two Round 24 applications will receive $127 million in grant funding. These are:

  • CRC for Zero Net Emissions from Agriculture
  • Solving Plastic Waste CRC

For a full list of successful applications please see the CRC Grants selection round outcomes page.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants – Round 25

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.
Open
Closes in 1 day

Closing date: Tuesday 5 March 2024 5:00pm AEDT Tue 5 Mar 2024 5:00pm AEDT

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.

Anticipated timelines for current and future rounds

The following schedule outlines the anticipated timeline for Round 25. Updates to timing will be published throughout the year.

  • Stage 1 open – 8 January 2024.
  • Stage 1 close – 5 March 2024.
  • Stage 1 outcomes – June 2024.
  • Stage 2 open – July 2024.
  • Stage 2 close – August 2024.
  • Stage 2 outcomes announced – November 2024.
  • Funding to start 1 July 2025.

Future rounds of the CRC Grants Program are determined by the Minister. CRC Grant rounds have been held annually over recent years.

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.

Eligible activities must relate directly to the project and may include:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training
  • conferences, workshops and communications
  • collaboration with international organisations providing national benefits to Australia

You can only spend grant funds on expenses outlined in your grant agreement. You can find more information on eligibility in the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

We can't consider your application if you don't satisfy all eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

We can only accept applications where you can provide a declaration from each partner on the template provided and where you can demonstrate the ability to at least match (in cash or in-kind) the grant funds requested.

Applying

Stage 1 of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants Round 25 is currently open to applications.

Apply now for CRC Round 25 grant opportunity

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample application form
  • read the sample grant agreement.
Apply now

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The CRC Advisory Committee will assess all eligible Stage 1 applications and make recommendations to the Minister on which applications are suitable for progression to Stage 2. The Minister will invite the most meritorious Stage 1 applicants to submit a Stage 2 application and attend an interview with the CRC Advisory Committee.

The Minister decides which applications to approve, considering the:

  • recommendations of the the CRC Advisory Committee
  • availability of grant funds.

  • Assessment criterion 1 - Project alignment with the program objectives (total 25 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2 - The quality of your research project (total 25 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3 - Capacity, capability, and resources to deliver your project (total 25 points):
  • Assessment criterion 4 - Impact of the grant funding on your project (total 25 points)

For more information on the assessment criteria please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines

If your Stage 1 application is successful, we'll invite you to submit a Stage 2 application and attend an interview with the CRC Advisory Committee.

In Stage 2, we'll invite you to submit a Stage 2 application addressing CRC Advisory Committee feedback on your Stage 1 application. We'll also ask you to attend an interview with the CRC Advisory Committee.

If you're unsuccessful at either stage, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

All funded CRCs must be established and governed as an incorporated company, limited by guarantee (the CRC Entity).

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We'll make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project. We'll make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement if we're satisfied you have made significant progress in finalising the partners’ agreement.

We'll make payments by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

CRC support organisations

The CRA strengthens and promotes the transformative potential of collaborative, industry-led research through knowledge exchange, professional development, and advocacy. Find out more on the CRA website.

Program documents

CRC Grants - Fact sheet

pdf · 0.30 MB docx · 0.52 MB

CRC Grants – Over time

pdf · 0.47 MB docx · 0.20 MB

CRC Program - Frequently asked questions

pdf · 0.26 MB docx · 0.13 MB

CRC Program – Guidelines on security in the CRC Program

pdf · 0.58 MB docx · 0.12 MB

CRC Program Impact Evaluation – ACIL Allen 2021

pdf · 3.89 MB docx · 5.34 MB

Growth through Innovation and Collaboration – Miles Review 2015

pdf · 1.99 MB

Round 25 documents

CRC Grants – Grant opportunity guidelines – Round 25

pdf · 0.57 MB docx · 0.43 MB

CRC Grants – Fact sheet – Round 25

pdf · 0.33 MB docx · 0.16 MB

CRC Grants – Sample grant agreement – Round 25 (updated 18 December 2023)

pdf · 0.53 MB docx · 0.18 MB

CRC Grants – Sample Partners Agreement – Round 25 (updated 18 December 2023)

pdf · 0.97 MB docx · 0.13 MB

CRC Grants – Term sheet template – Round 25

pdf · 0.18 MB docx · 0.12 MB

CRC Grants – Partner declaration template – Round 25

pdf · 0.15 MB docx · 0.12 MB

Round 25 – Stage 1 documents

CRC Grants – Sample application – Round 25 – Stage 1

pdf · 0.23 MB docx · 0.14 MB

CRC Grants – Partner details template (Detailed contributions) – Round 25 – Stage 1

xlsx · 0.04 MB

Round 25 – Stage 2 documents

CRC Grants – Sample application – Round 25 – Stage 2

pdf · 0.27 MB docx · 0.13 MB

CRC Grants – Impact Tool – Round 25 – Stage 2

xlsx · 0.18 MB

CRC Grants – Impact Tool User Guide – Round 25 – Stage 2

pdf · 0.34 MB docx · 0.27 MB

CRC Grants – Budget and Milestones Spreadsheet – Round 25 – Stage 2

xlsx · 0.21 MB

Resources for current CRCs

CRC Grants – Reporting guidelines 2023

pdf · 0.54 MB docx · 0.19 MB

CRC Grants – MDQ reporting instructions 2023

pdf · 0.35 MB docx · 0.10 MB

CRC Grants – MDQ reporting spreadsheet 2023

xlsx · 0.07 MB

CRC Grants – Contract variation guidelines

pdf · 0.66 MB docx · 0.14 MB

Grant opportunity guidelines – Round 24

pdf · 0.44 MB docx · 0.34 MB

Grant opportunity guidelines – Round 23

pdf · 0.63 MB docx · 0.26 MB

Grant opportunity guidelines – Round 22

pdf · 0.23 MB docx · 0.38 MB

Grant opportunity guidelines – Round 21

pdf · 0.48 MB docx · 0.40 MB

Program guidelines – 2017

pdf · 0.49 MB

Program guidelines – 2015

pdf · 0.19 MB

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