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Our Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports Australian industries’ ability to compete and produce. We do this by helping industry partner with the research sector to solve industry-identified issues.

CRC funding

Medium to long-term funding

CRC grants offer co-funding for industry-led research. A CRC must include at least 1 Australian business, and 1 research organisation, to be eligible for funding.

Short-term funding

CRC Project grants support up to three years’ worth of industry-led collaborative research. The grants cover up to $3 million in co-funding. Projects must include a minimum of 2 Australian businesses (with at least 1 small and medium-sized enterprise), and 1 research organisation.

CRC Program funding can be used to pay for:

  • research
  • salaries
  • student placements
  • commercialisation
  • capital items such as equipment

Funding decisions

Our Minister is responsible for the CRC Program and decides:

  • which collaborations receive funding
  • the amount of funding offered
  • the conditions applied to the funds
  • changes to the level of funding
  • when to terminate agreements

CRC Advisory Committee

The CRC Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of Innovation and Science Australia. They provide advice and feedback to our Minister about:

  • funding applications
  • the performance and progress of grant recipients
  • the overall operation of the CRC Program

Want to create a CRC or CRC project but not sure how?

  • if you’re a business looking to work with a researcher but you’re not sure where to start, speak with an Innovation Connections facilitator
  • if you’re a researcher looking to solve issues currently faced by Australian industry, see the Industry Growth Centres to find out more about what industry needs

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Contact us

Email crc.programme@industry.gov.au  

See also

Last updated: 15 November 2018

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