Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) bids

CRC Programme

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 have been accepted by the Australian Government, and key changes to the programme include:

1. Restructuring the programme into two streams 

(guidelines not yet available)

Stream One: Traditional CRCs

Annual round with two stage assessment process:

  • stage one: online short proposal.
  • stage two shortlisted proposals progress to full business case).

Maximum 10 years funding.

Stream Two: CRC Projects (CRC-P)

Smaller collaborations operating on short project timelines with simpler governance and administration arrangements with a smaller budget.  Up to three rounds per year, single stage online application. 

Maximum three years funding.

2. Industry led and Industry Growth Centre focus

Priority for CRCs in industry growth areas that correlate with the 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.

Potential Projects

If you have a potential project that matches the Industry Growth Centre areas, please contact the Research Grants Team via