The Cooperative Research Centres Programme (CRC) has been an integral part of the Australian Government's research and innovation agenda to assist researchers and industry in developing important new technologies, products and services. The Programme works to help solve major economic, environmental and social challenges facing Australia.

The Programme aims to:

  • improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength
  • deliver outcomes in line with government priorities, which are:
    • growth sectors
    • science and research.
  • encourage and enable small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research
  • foster high quality research to help solve industry specific problems through collaborative research partnerships between:
    • industry entities and
    • research organisations.


Programme Structures

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)

  • support for medium to long term industry-led collaborations
  • have funding available for up to ten years
  • no specified limit to funding available for each CRC.

Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-Ps)

  • support for short term, industry-led collaborative research
  • funding available for up to three years
  • maximum of $3 million (GST exclusive) available for each CRC-P.

Both CRC and CRC-P collaborations must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. In-kind contribution means non-cash resources provided by a participant to conduct the activities of the CRC or the project of the CRC-P. They may be staff or non-staff resources.

CRCs and CRC-Ps will receive funding for a single, specified term to undertake the activities or project in the funding agreement.

For more information, see the CRC Information sheet or the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Programme website.


Key Dates




Traditional CRCs



Useful Documents



Australian Government Priorities and Areas of Focus

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.


Further enquiries

If you have a potential project that matches the Science and Research Priorities or the Industry Growth Centre areas listed above, please contact Research Development and Support -