Cooperative Research Centres Grants (CRC)

What is Cooperative Research Centres (CRC)?

The Cooperative Research Centres Grant offers up to $3 million to industry-research collaborations for innovative project developments. Contact Bulletpoint for assistance.



The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grant underpins the Australian Government’s commitment to enhance the competitiveness, productivity, and sustainability of Australian industries. It funds medium to long-term collaborations that aim to solve industry-identified problems using innovative research and development approaches. The program supports the advancement of Australia’s industrial capabilities in key sectors, promotes the integration of cutting-edge research with practical applications, and fosters the development of high-skilled jobs, strengthening Australia’s position in the global market.



The objectives of the Cooperative Research Centres Grant are to:

  • Enhance the competitiveness, productivity, and sustainability of Australian industries, particularly in sectors where Australia has competitive strengths or strategic priorities.
  • Solve industry-identified problems through innovative research and development collaborations between industry entities and research organisations.
  • Encourage and facilitate the participation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in collaborative research efforts.
  • Foster the development of an industry-focused research and educational ecosystem, including the integration of PhD programs that build industry-relevant skills and capacity.


Eligible Entities

Applicants for the Cooperative Research Centres Grant must meet the following criteria to be eligible under the program:

  • An entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation, where the trading activities:
  • Form a significantly substantial proportion of the corporation’s overall activities to merit description as a trading corporation.
  • Are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.
  • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust, where the trustee’s trading activities:
  • Form a significantly substantial proportion of the corporation’s overall activities to merit description as a trading corporation.
  • Are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.
  • Each CRC must include and maintain among its project partners at least:
  • Two Australian industry entities.
  • One Australian research organisation.
  • Partners do not need to commit resources for the entire project period but must make cash and/or in-kind contributions to the CRC.
  • To be eligible, you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be a small or medium enterprise (SME) at the time of lodgement of the application.

Eligible Expenditure

The eligible expenditure for the Cooperative Research Centres Grant are:

  • New research initiatives aimed at solving industry-identified problems.
  • Proof of concept activities to move research towards practical application.
  • Pre-commercialisation of research outcomes to bring innovations closer to market readiness.
  • Industry-focused education and training activities, such as internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations.
  • Conferences, workshops, and symposia related to the collaborative research.
  • Information sharing and communication initiatives that support the dissemination and uptake of research findings.
  • Collaboration with international organisations to provide national benefits to Australia and enhance global market reach.


Eligible collaborations can apply for grants between $100,000 and $3 million, with matched funding on a 1:1 basis.


Eligible Activities

Eligible expenditure for the Cooperative Research Centres Grant includes:

  • Conducting new research to solve industry-identified problems.
  • Engaging in proof of concept activities to demonstrate the feasibility of research outcomes.
  • Pre-commercialisation of research outcomes to prepare for market entry.
  • Industry-focused education and training activities, including internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations.
  • Organising conferences, workshops, and symposia related to the collaborative research.
  • Initiating information sharing and communication initiatives to disseminate research findings.
  • Collaborating with international organisations to bring global insights and benefits to Australian industries.
  • Any other activities that align with the objectives of the grant and contribute to the project outcomes.

How to get Cooperative Research Centres Grant

In order to get the Cooperative Research Centres Grant you will need to focus on:

  • Demonstrate Industry Relevance: Clearly outline how your project addresses a significant industry problem and aligns with national priorities.
  • Show Collaboration Strength: Highlight the strength and diversity of your collaborative team, including industry and research partners.
  • Detail Innovative Research: Describe the innovative aspects of the research, including objectives, expected outcomes, and benefits to the industry.
  • Explain SME Engagement: Illustrate how the project will involve and benefit SMEs, enhancing their R&D capabilities.
  • Provide Comprehensive Funding Details: Clarify funding sources, ensuring all partners’ contributions meet or exceed the grant’s matching requirements.
  • Outline Project Management Plans: Describe your project management framework, ensuring clear governance and accountability.
  • Assess Risks and Mitigation Strategies: Identify potential risks and provide robust mitigation strategies, particularly focusing on project feasibility and sustainability.
  • Highlight Educational Impact: Explain the project’s contribution to educational programs, particularly those involving PhD students and industry training.
  • Detail the Commercialisation Pathway: Outline clear steps for pre-commercialisation activities and potential market impacts.
  • Provide Evidence of Previous Successes: Cite previous collaborative successes, research impacts, and commercial achievements to strengthen your application.


The closing date for the CRC Grants Round 25 is 5 March 2024.


More information


Round 24 recipients

Grant Funding (GST excl): $87,000,000 over 10 years

Partner Contributions: $213,938,628 (cash and in-kind)

The Australian agricultural industry firmly grasps the need to achieve net zero emissions, but requires substantial support to build capacity, manage risk and safeguard profitability during the transition. The Zero Net Emissions from Agriculture CRC, a nationwide, Industry-led, coordinated effort, will develop, de-risk and scale technologies to reduce methane emissions from grazing cattle and sheep, and develop strategies to reduce broadacre and horticulture value chain emissions. The CRC will deliver standardised, trusted guidelines, metrics, and benchmarking tools to monitor on-farm emissions. Together, CRC partners will accelerate Australian agriculture’s transition to net zero and beyond by 2050.


Grant Funding (GST excl): $40,000,000 over 10 years

Partner Contributions: $101,444,830 (cash and in-kind)

The Solving Plastic Waste CRC will ensure that focused, industry-driven collaboration between the research sector, governments and the entire plastics value chain is effectively enabled over the next decade to transform the way plastic products are designed, manufactured, used, recovered, and recycled, and how microplastic soil pollution is remediated. This will be achieved by developing improved product designs, new materials, technologies, and processes, and by exploring new business models and economic systems. It will accelerate Australia’s progress towards its targets of eliminating plastic pollution, establishing a circular and climate neutral economy for plastics, and growing a competitive, sustainable advanced manufacturing sector.



Round 23 recipients

Grant Funding (GST excl): $50,000,000 over 10 years

Partner Contributions: $106,547,800 (cash and in-kind)

The ONE Basin CRC will develop and commercialise opportunities for Australia’s irrigated agriculture and rural water industries to be more productive, resilient and sustainable in a changing world. The CRC will connect industry, business, First Nations, natural resource managers and community to manage water productivity and security, and realise joint opportunities. With industry leadership, and a strong culture of collaboration across all partners, the CRC will co-design, commercialise and adopt technology and business innovations to grow the competitiveness and resilience of Australia’s irrigation regions as a high-value and sustainable source of food and fibre for the world

Grant Funding (GST excl): $34,500,000 over 10 years

Partner Contributions: $112,242,322 (cash and in-kind)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents a growing threat to Australia’s food, agribusiness, and environmental sectors, affecting animal and plant health, water quality, food security, sector productivity, and export market access. CRC SAAFE’s three cross-sectoral research programs will develop and deploy technologies to help industry detect pathogens, pollutants and other AMR risk factors; integrate digital production and market data for better decision making and more transparent value chains; deliver solutions that mitigate AMR in food, water and waste systems; and improve animal, plant and environmental health. The CRC’s education and training program will build capability and capacity to tackle AMR across Australian industries.


Grant Funding (GST excl): $69,900,000 over 10 years

Partner Contributions: $189,285,925 (cash and in-kind)

The $100 billion international composites industry will undergo a major automation transition, requiring Australia to reposition manufacturing and sovereign engineering capability to capture emergent markets. The SoMAC CRC will de-risk investment in hydrogen economy and electric vehicle (EV) production industries, alongside strengthened infrastructure, space, defence, circular economy and consumer industries. SoMAC’s 10 year program will build a digital-export-ready composites industry with cost-competitive, high-quality platform capability via intelligent automation, technology innovation and new product demonstration while qualifying Australia’s next generation of composites engineers.

Round 22 recipients

Grant Funding (GST excl): $60,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $121,300,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre is a collaboration between fintech, industry, research, and regulatory stakeholders to address and commercially exploit the opportunities arising from the transformation of financial markets through the digitisation and direct trading of assets between entities. The CRC will enable partners to become pivotal global players through R&D, piloting and commercialising solutions focussed on real-world problems, while developing the industry’s skills and leadership capability.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $39,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $175,700,000 (cash and in-kind)

The HILT CRC will be Australia’s leading collaboration transforming heavy industry for the low-carbon economy. The CRC aims to develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to grow Australia’s economy, unlocking potential value of $60 billion in annual revenue and $92 billion in investments, while mitigating CO2 emissions. The CRC will enable Australia’s heavy industry sector to compete in the low-carbon global economy for carbon-neutral materials such as green iron, alumina, cement and processed minerals.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $59,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $209,600,000 (cash and in-kind)

The MB-CRC aims to fast track the growth of Australia’s next-generation marine bioindustry to meet the rapidly growing global demand for certified, safe, sustainable and traceable bioproducts. The CRC aims to drive innovation across marine biomass production, advanced manufacturing and product development. The CRC will focus on producing high-value bioproducts including nutraceuticals, omega 3 oils, cosmetics, plant-based proteins, agrochemicals and bioplastics in Australia to serve an emerging multi-billion dollar global market.


Round 21 recipients

Grant Funding (GST excl): $28,000,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions: $102,000,000 (cash and in-kind)

Through collaboration and new technologies of the 4th industrial age, Building 4.0 CRC will catapult the industry into an efficient, connected and customer-centric future. This will deliver better buildings at lower cost and the human capacity to lead the industry into the future.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $21,000,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions: $69,000,000 (cash and in-kind)

SmartCrete CRC is a collaboration of asset owners, industry, small-medium enterprises, the supply chain and academic community which will work to step change the Australian concrete industry. SmartCrete will implement four key enablers for industry competitiveness – an innovation interface with regulators/standards bodies, skills and training development, risk mitigation performance testing and new products and processes across Australia.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $68,500,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $279,000,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 (RACE for 2030) CRC will maximise customer benefits from the rapid technological changes in low-cost renewable energy, network integration and smart energy management. RACE for 2030 will bring together the entire energy sector to improve business competitiveness, reduce consumer energy bills, foster Australian energy technology exports, and cut carbon emissions.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $29,500,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $105,000,000 (cash and in-kind)

The CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME) will bring together a unique partnership of leading mining companies, mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies, regional and community development organisations, governments and research partners. The CRC will drive transformational change to enable regions and communities to transition to a prosperous and sustainable post-mine future.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $40,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $122,250,000 (cash and in-kind)

Future Energy Exports (FEnEx) CRC will bring together national and international partners with expertise in LNG, hydrogen, digital technologies and sector development from industry, government, and research organisations. The CRC will assist in building a skilled workforce to support Australia’s evolving energy export industry and will develop and deliver micro-credentials that help existing workforces transition into the growing digital and hydrogen sectors.

Round 20 recipients

Grant Funding (GST excl): $70,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $258,687,981 (cash and in-kind)

The Blue Economy CRC will bring together national and international expertise in aquaculture, marine renewable energy and marine engineering as part of a collaborative effort between industry, researchers and the community to develop innovative and sustainable offshore industries to increase Australian seafood and marine renewable energy production.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $55,000,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions: $167,316,158 (cash and in-kind)

The SmartSat CRC will foster the creation of next generation space-technologies and make Australia more competitive in the global space economy by supporting the next wave of growth in critical industries including agriculture, transport, logistics, communications and mining, generating new high-tech jobs and strengthening national defence and security.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $25,000,000 over 6 years

Participant Contributions: $110,885,882 (cash and in-kind)

The Future Battery Industries CRC will address industry identified gaps in the battery industries value chain, support battery deployment and optimise the circular economy for battery waste recycling resulting in value creation, sustainability and global competitiveness of Australia’s battery value chain.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $35,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $149,580,122 (cash and in-kind)

The Future Food Systems CRC will work across the food supply chain and incorporate innovations in protected cropping, advanced manufacturing, smart logistics and food science to underpin high value industries in agrifood hubs and position Australia as a leader in supply of premium, nutritionally dense food goods.

Round 19 recipients

Grant Funding (GST excl): $55,000,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions: $174,224,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Digital Health CRC will improve the health and health care of Australians and advance the economy through collaborative research and development that combines multi-disciplinary skills, industry knowledge, technologies, networks and data to: empower consumers; understand and manage health risks of individuals and communities; support clinical practice; improve system efficiency and access to quality care; and build and enhance businesses to provide high value jobs and solutions in a growing global market.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $30,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $102,900,000 (cash and in-kind)

To secure Australia’s food future, the Fight Food Waste CRC will reduce food waste throughout the supply chain, transform unavoidable waste into innovative high-value co-products and engage with industry and consumers to deliver behavioural change. Winning this fight has a $20 billion annual prize by increasing industry profitability, tackling food insecurity and enhancing Australia’s reputation as a sustainable and trusted producer of premium food products.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $26,250,000 over 7 years

Participant Contributions: $64,389,000 (cash and in-kind)

The Future Fuels CRC will provide enabling research and development to transition energy infrastructure to a low-carbon economy using fuels such as hydrogen and biogas. It will develop transition pathways for existing infrastructure and equipment to transport and use these new fuels today and well into the future. Collaborating with over 50 companies, 6 universities, the energy market operator and state regulators, this CRC will realise the potential to store and deliver reliable, clean, and affordable energy through both new and repurposed networks.

Grant Funding (GST excl): $50,000,000 over 10 years

Participant Contributions: $165,738,000 (cash and in-kind)

Current declining mineral discovery rates mean fewer future mines. MinEx CRC will create new opportunities for mineral discovery by delivering: more productive, safer and environmentally friendly drilling methods; new technologies for collecting data while drilling; and exploration data on never before sampled deposits. The outcomes will also grow the high value Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.

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Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants provide funding for medium to long-term, industry-led research collaborations. Find out about CRC Grants and how to help improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

Opening date: Monday 8 January 2024

Closing date: Tuesday 5 March 2024 5:00PM AEDT




Minister for industry and science Ed Husic opened Round 24 of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) grants program, which supports industry-led research centres for up to ten years.

The government’s Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) grants program is working to strengthen the bond between industry and research organisations. CRC grants provide funding for collaborative research centres that can transform Australian know-how into practical outcomes for Australian businesses.

The program will contribute $32.5 billion towards Australia’s economic productivity by 2025, Mr Husic has said. Applications for Australian Research Grant funding for 2017/18 are being sought from all industry sectors and research disciplines.

Since the CRC program was launched in 1990 under the Hawke Labor Government, it has delivered more than $5.5 billion to establish 236 CRCs and 189 CRC Projects, leveraging a further $16.8 billion in cash and in-kind contributions from partners.


Defence Science and Technology is contributing $12 million through its Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) to establish a Smart Satellite Technologies and Analytics Cooperative Research Centre (SmartSat CRC) which will be based in South Australia with nodes in other Australian cities.

The Department of Industry, Science and Innovation is investing $55 million in the SmartSat CRC to advance space technologies, with $190 million in cash and kind coming from nearly 100 partners in industry, universities and overseas space agencies. The successful bid for the new CRC was led by the University of South Australia.

The research collaboration will deliver smart satellite systems that are Australian-designed, owned and operated to provide real-time connectivity, surveillance and sensing capability in space and over land and sea. This will include earth observation data and the power to drive industry innovation and the growth of the Internet of Things.

Industry-led research to improve resource extraction and support innovative manufacturing will be boosted with $74 million in Government funding for two Cooperative Research Centres (CRC).

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) will receive $34.45 million, this funding will extend the work of the CRC for ongoing activities in improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of mineral extraction to 30 June 2021.

The new Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) for Innovative Manufacturing (IM CRC) will receive $40 million over seven years to 30 June 2022 to assist Australian manufacturers to transition to high-value internationally competitive manufacturing.

Speaking at the CRC Association annual conference in Canberra on May 26, Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said CRCs will continue to be an important asset for driving greater collaboration between industry and research.

“CRCs are a highly successful way of bringing industry and research organisations together to apply the latest research knowledge to the real-world problems facing industry,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“More than 60 organisations, including multi-nationals, SMEs and peak industry bodies, will be involved in these CRCs. They will bring together a wide range of skills and knowledge, as well as financial support, to increase productivity in their sectors.

“The CRCs will work closely with the new Industry Growth Centres to address common goals and priorities, ensuring an integrated approach to overcoming challenges and developing market opportunities for local businesses.”

Some recent highlights of CRCs include research that has reduced the impact of invasive species like rabbits, work on making cell therapy more accessible and affordable and building a more resilient and profitable dairy industry.

Notable returns on industry investments include Boeing’s initial $17 million investment in the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures.

This has paid off in spades in terms of jobs and Australia’s largest aerospace contract, worth $4 billion over 20 years.

It has created 1300 jobs turning out moveable trailing edges for the 787 Dreamliner at Boeing’s sole source manufacturing facility in Melbourne

Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) Briefing for Existing and Prospective Industry Participants

Angus M Robinson
Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®

Hear about the IMCRC and its focus on Industry led collaborative programs that will grow your business into the 21st century.

Learn how you can leverage your R&D expenditure through joining the IMCRC. You get access to federal funds and valuable industry research capability.

Manufacturing Industry Research Capability in NSW has global significance in growth market sectors with ‘state of the art’ research facilities.

Following this briefing, ‘one on one’ meetings will be organised in confidence to determine how the IMCRC and its research partners can support your market led R&D.

  • When: Friday September 30th from 9.00 am until noon followed by lunch.
  • Where: University of NSW Kensington. The Scientia-Gallery: Scientia Building Gallery Room (G19), southern end, enter near Civil Engineering building entrance.

Please register with Rohan Willard email: by 23 September 2016 for catering purposes.

  • About: What the Australian Government and the publicly funded research sector can do to support market led industry research and development.


  • David Chuter CEO of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • Tony Peacock CEO of the CRC Association

Potential areas of research focus of interest to industry:

  1. Additive manufacturing (e.g. design optimisation, hybrid processing, and new materials).
  2. Biomedical implants and devices (e.g., orthopedics, micro fluidics, and micro-needles).
  3. Water-based hydraulics, lightweight materials, and smart pumps.
  4. Microelectronics, advanced semi-conductors and power devices, and virtual and augmented reality.
  5. Lightweight composites, nano and biomaterials.

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