Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) bids

CRC Programme

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The CRC Programme has been part of the Australian Government research and Innovation agenda for 25 years supporting medium-long term collaboration between industry and research organisations.  The Australian Government recently commissioned Mr David Miles AM to conduct a review of the Programme.

On 19 May 2015, the Minister for Industry and Science released the Growth through Innovation and Collaboration: A Review of the Cooperative Research Centres Programme. The 18 recommendations contained in the review were accepted by the Australian Government. 

The next round of the CRC Programme is expected to open in February 2016. 


Guidelines for the CRC Programme are now available on the CRC webpage. Supporting documentation will be updated and available shortly.

Key Changes to the Programme

1. Restructuring the programme into two streams 

CRC Projects (CRC-P) Traditional CRC
Short term (up to 3 years) Medium-long terms (up to 10 years)
Up to $3 million in CRC Programme funds No upper level of CRC Programme funding
Applications must demonstrate the ability to at least match (in cash or in-kind) the level of CRC Programme Funding requested and provided.
Application must be submitted by a lead Industry Participant Application must be submitted on behalf of a group
Must have at least:
- two Australian Industry Entities including at least one SME (less than 200 employees);
- one Research Organisation
Must have at least one Australian:
- Industry Entity;
- Research Organisation
Must have governance arrangements which are suitable to deliver proposed results. Must be established as an incorporated company limited by guarantee

2. Industry led and Industry Growth Area focus

Priority for CRCs in industry growth areas that correlate with the Science and Research Priorities and the Industry Growth Centres

Science and Research Priorities

Industry Growth Centres

CRC and CRC-Ps must be industry-led with Industry Growth Centres playing a strong role in relation to driving applications and reviewing investment proposals.

3. Public Good Priority Discontinued

The priority public good funding mechanism will be discontinued.

More Information

More information will be added to this page as it is released. Research Services have prepared the below overview document on the revised programme. 

Interest in the Programme

If you have a potential project that matches the Industry Growth Centre areas or the Science and Research Priorities, please contact Newcastle Innovation via or call 4921 8777.