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What is a CRC-P?

A CRC-P is a short term industry-led collaborative research project with the aim to develop important new technologies.


What is the CRC-P funding?

CRC-P Round 10 has $10 million in funding to support CRC-Ps with focus on addressing gaps in Australia’s waste and recycling capability, particularly in regards to plastics, paper, glass and tyres.

Matched funding of between $100,000 and $3 million. Grants are for up to 3 years.


What is a CRC?

CRC stands for Cooperative Research Centre which can get up to $55M funding over 10 years. CRCs undertake medium to long term industry-led high quality collaborative research.

CRC-P stands for Cooperative Research Centre – Projects which can get up to $3M funding over 3 years. CRC-Ps undertake short-term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research projects


What is a CRC in Australia?

A CRC in Australia short-term, industry-led collaborative research project which is eligible for $3M funding over 3 years.


CRC-P Objectives

The CRC-P aims to

  • Competitiveness – improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries
  • Priorities – deliver outcomes in line with government priorities
  • Collaboration – encourage and enable small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research
  • Research – foster high quality research to help solve industry specific problems


Eligible Projects

To be eligible for the CRC-P funding, projects must:

  • develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver real outcomes
  • benefit small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • include education and training activities


CRC-P Eligible Activities

CRC-P eligible activities must directly relate to the CRC-P project and can include:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training activities
  • conferences, workshops, symposia related to the joint research
  • information sharing and communications related to the research


Eligible Lead Applicants

To be eligible for funding in CRC-P Round 10 your project must have a focus on addressing gaps in Australia’s waste and recycling capability, particularly in regards to plastics, paper, glass and tyres.

To be eligible for CRC-P as a lead applicant you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation

Your trading activities must be either:

  • enough to be called a trading corporation
  • a major, not minor, part of your overall activity

Project partners must include:

  • 2 Australian industry organisations, including at least 1 SME
  • 1 Australian research organisation


Other Members

Each CRC-P must include and maintain amongst its project partners at least:

  • two industry entities including at least one SME and
  • one research organisation.

Partners from existing or former CRCs or CRC-Ps can be partners in other CRCs or CRC-Ps.

CRC-P partners do not need to commit for the entire project period.

All CRC-P partners must contribute resources to the CRC-Ps. We treat partners’ proposed cash and in-kind contributions equally for the purposes of calculating the maximum grant amount.


How to get a CRC-P grant?

To get CRC-P funding you will need to identify the:

  1. Problem – industry-identified problem to be solved
  2. Outcome – tangible industry outcomes expected to derive from the research activitiy
  3. Potential – commercial potential of the expected outputs and any spill-over benefits.
  4. Solution – how the proposal would solve the industry-identified problem
  5. Process – the methodology to be applied to achieve outcomes and adoption of new technologies
  6. Team – the potential participants and their levels of proposed commitment.


Round 10 Priorities

In CRC-P Round 10 the Australian Government has allocated $10 million for addressing gaps in Australia’s waste and recycling capability, particularly in regards to plastics, paper, glass and tyres.



Applications  for Round 10 of the CRC-P closed on 01 October 2020.


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What is the CRC-P Success Rate?

In round 1 of the CRC-P only 11 of the 91 applications were funded with a success rate of 12%. This is below the NHMRC success rate of 17% and the ARC success rate of 18%.

ARC Industry Linkage Programme has a success rate of 36% in 2015 and 31% in 2016.


CRC-P Recipients

Some of the CRC-P recipients include:

  • CRC-P Nutromics – $2,150,000 Diabetes is a global epidemic and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Current care models focus on treatment of the disease, however greatly improved outcomes and increased efficiency are driven from preventative measures. The project will bring together a multi-disciplinary team to develop a digitally enabled wearable device and a deep learning behaviour change engine to elicit the positive lifestyle behaviour changes required to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • CRC-P Coviu – $1,187,534 – “Telerehabilitation,” or rehabilitation service via video, has demonstrated both equivalent outcomes to face-to-face rehabilitation and reduced costs. However, mainstream uptake has been limited by a lack of objective patient progress metrics. This project aims to further reduce cost and improve efficiency by developing AI-based solutions to automatically recognise joint range of motion, allowing clinicians to monitor and measure remotely via a video interface the progress of patient’s recovery.


CRC-P Round 9 Recipients

TitlePartners*DescriptionStart/End DateTotal Grant amountTotal Project Value
A sensor network for integrated Space Traffic Management for AustraliaClearbox Systems Pty Limited*