Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

Program Contact:

CRC Grants Round 23 is now CLOSED.

CRC-Projects (CRC-P) Round 12 are OPEN and will close 16 November 2021

Please note: Information regarding the CRC Program is communicated via our Research-What's New mailing list.

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

CRC-Projects - OPEN

Scheme RoundRound 12
Round opens Tuesday 5 October 2021
University Deadline for Final Application9:00am Tuesday 9 November 2021
Round closes Tuesday 16 November 2021
Outcomes expectedEarly 2022


Scheme RoundRound 23
Stage 1 opens Wednesday 30 June 2021
Stage 1 closes Tuesday 24 August 2021
Stage 2 opensDecember 2021
Stage 2 closeFebruary 2022
Outcomes announcedMay 2022

Scheme Overview

CRC Projects (CRC-P) CRC Grants
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 Grants 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 Research Office via

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