Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

Program Contact:

CRC-P Round 6 is OPEN and will close Thursday 13 September 2018

CRC Round 20 Stage 1, is CLOSED. Round 21 is expected to open in early 2019

The CRC Program has been part of the Australian Government Research and Innovation agenda for 25 years supporting industry-led collaborations between industry and research organisations.

The CRC Program offers two grant schemes:


Key Dates


 Round 6
Round opens 2 August 2018
UON Deadline for Final Application5:00pm Thursday 6 September 2018
Round closes Thursday 13 September 2018
Outcomes expected December 2018
Funding from January 2019

Traditional CRCs

 Round 20Round 21
Stage 1 opens 1 May 2018Early 2019
Stage 1 closes 3 July 2018 TBC
Stage 2 opens September 2018 TBC
Stage 2 close November 2018TBC
Outcomes announced March 2019 TBC
Funding from July 2019 TBC

Scheme Overview

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 Program funds No upper level of CRC Program funding
Applications must demonstrate the ability to at least match (in cash or in-kind) the level of CRC Program 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

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.

Interest in the Program

If you have a potential project that matches the Industry Growth Centre areas or the Science and Research Priorities, please contact the Industry Program Coordinator via