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Cooperative research centres

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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Last updated: 8 December 2020

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