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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?

The CRC-P supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community.

 

Background

The program links researchers with industry to focus on R&D towards use and commercialisation.

 

How much is available?

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

 

How many will be funded?

The number of CRC-Ps that will be funded in each round (and the total amount of funding committed) will depend on the:

  • number of applications received
  • relative merits of applications
  • amount of funding requested
  • amount of available funding
  • need to ensure sufficient funding is available for future rounds.

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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 objectives of the CRC-P are 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

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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 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

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.

CRC-P Partners:

  • can be from from existing or former CRCs or CRC-Ps
  • do not need to commit for the entire project period
  • must contribute resources to the CRC-Ps.

Partners’ proposed cash and in-kind contributions equally for the purposes of calculating the maximum grant amount.

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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.

 

Timing

Applications close 14 September 2023.

 

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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.

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Round 14 Recipients

TitlePartners*DescriptionStart/End DateTotal Grant AmountTotal Project Value
AI-driven fused RGB and NIR hyperspectral vision for sorting waste plasticsAdvanced Circular Polymers Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
The Trustee for The Rea Business Trust
This project proposes a novel optical waste sorting technology with superior efficiency, fusing smart RGB and Short Wave Near Infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral vision system driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The current system for identifying and sorting systems have significant drawbacks since Near Infrared (NIR) sensors are less accurate when identifying plastics that are with labels, multi-layered, transparent, thin, or black colour. The proposed optical system with the new AIs has higher recovery rates and reduces valuable plastics going to landfills as residues. With the CRC-P funding, the project will commercialise innovative waste sorting and auditing systems and strengthen Australian recycling technologies and capabilities.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$2,400,000$7,222,733
A platform for production of Targeted Alpha Therapies for cancer treatmentAdvancell Isotopes Pty Limited
The University of Queensland
iPHASE Technologies Pty Ltd
Targeted Alpha Therapy is widely expected to change the course of cancer treatment. In contrast to conventional radiation treatment, the method delivers more effective radiation directly to malignant cells with little collateral damage to healthy tissue.

AdvanCell has developed a small-footprint platform to produce a highly pure Lead-212 isotope that can be combined with cancer-targeting pharmaceuticals to deliver a payload to cancer cells. In collaboration with iPHASE Technologies and UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging, AdvanCell will undertake research and prototyping to scale and convert this technology to a high-yield, end-to-end radiopharmaceutical manufacturing platform to realise the considerable promise of Targeted Alpha Therapy.
1 Aug 2023 – 31 Jul 2026$2,799,445$5,825,412
Advancement of Australian lifestyle winesAustralian Vintage Ltd
Drinkwise Australia Limited
The University of Adelaide
The Australian Wine Research Institute
Flavourtech Pty Limited
Tarac Technologies Pty Ltd
S. Smith & Son Pty Limited
Treasury Wine Estates Vintners Limited
Danstar Ferment AG
Mauri Yeast Australia Pty Limited
Chr. Hansen A/S
The Australian wine sector could be a leading global producer of ‘lifestyle wines’ – wines lower in alcohol and calories than traditional wines. To achieve this vision, industry-focused research is needed to produce, market and sell no- and low-alcohol (NOLO) wines that exceed consumer expectations. This CRCP will leverage the resources and expertise of a consortium of industry stakeholders (from across the supply chain) and world-renowned researchers to address key NOLO winemaking challenges: microbial stability and shelf-life, flavour capture and re-use, mouthfeel and textural deficiencies, and the image of NOLO wine. This multi-faceted approach will deliver growth in global markets, and therefore economic benefits for the wine industry.1 Jan 2024 – 18 Dec 2026$2,997,599$6,706,852
Growing Australia’s Cloud Gaming Industry with AI-assisted Network BoostCanopus Networks Pty Ltd
Pentanet Limited
University of NSW
Australian game studios that produce animation, sound, music and cinematography, are a high-growth sector contributing $226.5M to the local economy. Cloud gaming has the potential to expand the digital games industry manifold, but is stymied by its high demand on network bandwidth. Canopus Networks, a high-tech SME specialising in artificial intelligence based analytics of high-speed network traffic, will partner with Pentanet, a local ISP and operator of cloud gaming, and research partner UNSW Sydney to develop and commercially launch a novel on-demand network boost capability. This project will enhance Australian AI capability, accelerate cloud gaming adoption globally, and benefit Australia’s game studios and creative digital economy.1 Jul 2023 – 31 Dec 2025$2,000,000$4,500,000
Quantum computing controllers based on cryo-CMOSDiraq Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Perceptia Devices Australia Pty Ltd
This project solves a critical bottleneck to the development of full-scale quantum computers, and in doing so puts Diraq, along with UNSW and Perceptia, in a position to deliver world-changing impact. Diraq uses CMOS technology to make qubits. We will leverage its inherent integration potential to create a Quantum Control Unit (QCU) which can be directly integrated with Diraq’s Quantum Logic Unit (QLU), at scale. The technology delivered will grant Diraq, along with its partners, a clear roadmap into the quantum computer market, predicted to eventually be worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually. The project will also augment local expertise in cryogenic electronics, which is in high demand in the emerging quantum computing market.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$3,000,000$6,878,149
Innovative Development of Biodegradable Healthcare Packaging ProductsEcopha Biotech Pty Ltd
University of NSW
Santevation Pty Ltd
Refresh Waters Pty Ltd  
The biodegradable plastic packaging market expands at a CAGR of 17% from 2022 to 2030, driven by the rising need for sustainable packaging, strict regulations and growing consumer preference for eco-friendly plastic. ECOPHA BIOTECH is leading this CRC-P application in developing sustainable healthcare packaging (SHP) products from using biodegradable polymer polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)s to replace petroleum-based plastics, as part of its business direction towards medical market of using its canola oil fermented eco-friendly PHAs. These SHP products are applicable to markets such as drug delivery/pharmaceutical, diagnostics and orthopaedics and will contribute significantly to clean up healthcare plastic waste (1.25 million tons/year).1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$3,000,000$6,681,000
Creating construction materials from thermal treatment facility wastesEnviropacific Services Pty Limited
University of NSW
Flexiroc Australia Pty Ltd
Membrane Systems Australia Pty Ltd
To move towards a circular economy in Australia, the National Waste Policy Action Plan is targeting an 80% average recovery rate from all waste streams by 2030, as well as to significantly increase the use of recycled content across governments and industry. In 2020-21, 59% of treated hazardous waste was disposed of to landfill. Enviropacific, UNSW, Flexiroc Australia and Membrane Systems Australia will commercialise technologies to convert wastes from thermal treatment facilities and soil washing residues into value-added products for construction. It will create new reuse pathways, increase waste recovery rates, replace existing raw building materials, upskill project partners and industry, and contribute to a circular economy.1 Sep 2023 – 31 Aug 2026$2,778,768$6,380,721
Tissue-specific extracellular matrices for 3D cell and organoid cultureGelomics Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
The Samin Family Trust
This project will develop, validate, and scale-up tissue-specific biomaterials for 3D cell and organoid culture, and an AI-powered photocuring device which will enable scientists to generate human-like microtissues in a petri-dish. The resulting ready-to-use cell culture products will provide an advanced model of human biology with unmatched translational and predictive value, reduce the need for animal experimentation, and drastically improve the efficacy of pharmaceutical drug development. The project will significantly strengthen the partners’ international competitiveness and position Australia as a leader in the rapidly growing tissue engineering and pharmaceutical drug development technologies markets.1 Dec 2023 – 1 May 2026$1,148,337$2,296,711
EDGy: Developing High-performing Satellite Control System Stellar GyrosGilmour Space Technologies Pty. Ltd.
Macquarie University
Western Sydney University
Lintek Pty Limited
No one in Australia builds or sells star trackers for satellite systems. The Project aims to develop a stellar rate gyro that uses an event-based detector to view the star field to produce precise rotation measurements. Development of this Event Detection Gyro (EDGy) prototype will follow a plan to define, design and refine the sensor, software, electronics, system components and performance in space-like conditions. Gilmour Space will partner with Western Sydney University’s International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems for the sensor, AAO Macquarie for the optics and Lintek for printed circuit board manufacture. The EDGy Project’s goal is to take the first step towards a sovereign best-in-class star tracker.1 Jul 2023 – 31 Dec 2024$468,352$1,437,057
Development of biobased biodegradable sustainable industrial lubricantsGO Resources Pty Ltd
Central Queensland University
SLR (WA) Pty Ltd
The University of Wollongong
Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing Inc.
Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) Limited
Aussan Laboratories Pty Limited
Cassa Bio Tec Pty Ltd
GO Resources (‘GOR’) has an exclusive global licence from CSIRO to commercialise Super High Oleic Safflower Oil (SHOSO). A world-first biobased oil from genetically modified (GM) safflower seeds developed to address rising global concerns of over-reliance on petroleum-based products. Australian farmers have commercially grown GOR’s safflower for the past 3 years. GOR’s aim is to develop SHOSO-based alternatives to petroleum products, focusing on the global industrial lubricants market. CRC-P industry/research collaboration and funding support will help the company to develop and validate a range of SHOSO-based lubricants for the rail, marine and transport industry, generating long-term benefits for Australian industry and bioeconomy.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$3,000,000$8,237,479
Roll-to-roll production of ultra-low cost perovskite cellsGreatcell Energy Limited Queensland University of Technology
First Graphene Limited
The project aims to commercialize ultra-low cost, flexible perovskite solar cells using roll-to-roll production. The key project outcomes include: replacement of high-cost conductor materials with cost effective carbon based composite materials and up-scaling the production process to allow high volume, ultra-low cost production of perovskite solar cells. This will facilitate the commercialization of perovskite photovoltaics in Australia using all Australian raw materials, improving energy security and providing significant job opportunities as a primary and enabling technology for other SMEs.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$2,028,773$5,264,049
Accelerating exploration and extraction of renewable natural hydrogenH2EX Pty Ltd
Black & Veatch Australia Pty Ltd
The University of Adelaide
Australian National University
H2EX, an Australian-owned renewable natural hydrogen technology company, is partnering with The University of Adelaide, Australian National University, and Black & Veatch to undertake a project that will enable green and passive exploration techniques to accelerate the discovery of natural hydrogen. The research into extraction solutions will provide a clear pathway to drill and extract the lowest cost hydrogen, which is expected to be up to 75% cheaper than manufacturing hydrogen.

The Project will unlock important first-mover benefits for Australia within an emerging sector globally and create substantial export opportunities, while retaining Australia’s competitive advantage and highly regarded technical and engineering expertise.
1 Aug 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$863,000$2,086,100
Recycling composite wind turbine blades for circular economyIndustrial Property Maintenance Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Dasma Environmental Pty Ltd
Climate-KIC Australia Ltd
Net Zero Stack Pty Ltd
Wind With Purpose Pty Ltd
Craft Fibreglass Composites Pty Ltd
Wind power is essential for clean energy worldwide and accounts for over 35% of Australia’s green energy production. A major landfill waste stream from wind turbine blades (WTBs) (expected to be 30,000 tonnes by 2050) will be addressed in this project. IPM will collaborate with RMIT University and partners to develop a solvolysis co-processing treatment to recycle both thermoset resins and reinforced fibres in composite WTBs. The project outcomes include a pilot recycling facility equipped with a nationwide blockchain database of WTBs, a comprehensive life cycle cost and environmental analysis. The project also extends to complementary resources, such as tidal energy, for a complete circular economy model of the green energy sector.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$3,000,000$6,326,034
Developing Sovereign Capabilities for Satellite OperationsInovor Technologies Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Neumann Space Pty Ltd
The SpIRIT satellite has been developed collaboratively between Australian SME’s and the University of Melbourne.

This project supports the National Reconstruction Fund’s Defence Capability and Enabling Capabilities by: a) optimising satellite in-orbit commissioning and operations; b) enabling R&D of industry-identified problems by analysing the satellite’s in-orbit performance with simulations and analysis undertaken on ground prior to launch.

It will a) improve the competitiveness of the SMEs in critical technologies and advanced manufacturing to compete in the global marketplace; b) mature Australian SME’s ability to deliver competitive sovereign capability to meet the needs of the Australian Space Agency and Department of Defence.
3 Jul 2023 – 31 Dec 2024$1,963,821$5,280,808
Vertically integrated battery anode material development programiTech Minerals
METS Engineering Group Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
iTech is working with UniSA and METS Engineering on a vertically integrated battery anode material development program. The first stage of the program is development of a flowsheet for production of battery anode material from the Sugarloaf prospect within the Campoona Graphite Project (all together, the Project). This flowsheet will cover the efficient recovery of microcrystalline flake graphite from ore, achieve 99.8% graphite purity suitable for lithium-ion batteries, and spheronisation of the graphite allowing for greater efficiency in battery use Once complete, the resulting flowsheet is intended to produce ultra-pure, spherical graphite to feed the growing renewable energy and battery materials market.1 Aug 2023 – 31 July 2025$514,130$1,123,880
3D printing houses in extreme and remote locations using local materialsLuyten 3D Pty Ltd University of NSW
Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd
If we want to address affordability, quality of stock and adequate conditions of housing in Australia’s remote areas, then different manufacturing technologies need to be developed, removing logistics as a bottleneck, bring manufacturing on site, and built with locally sourced zero-carbon/-kilometre materials. Our project is a response to the needs of the mining sector and communities and addresses a critical aspect of the government’s commitment to deliver more homes for Australians with a technology that is already a focus of construction companies. Luyten, Hanson, and UNSW wish to partner under the CRC-P program to develop a 3D print system, with hard and software, to build houses faster and cheaper using local materials.5 Sep 2023 – 29 Aug 2026$2,993,626$6,229,755
When Sharks Fly: Reducing fuel burn and emissions of commercial aircraftMicrotau Pty Ltd.
Jetstar Airways Pty Limited
University of Melbourne
This project will develop, test, and validate a shark skin inspired ‘riblet’ film for commercial airliners that increases aerodynamic efficiency and is capable of preventing up to 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year in Australia alone. MicroTau, in partnership with Jetstar and the University of Melbourne, will validate the product’s fuel reduction capability, demonstrate its in-flight operation and long-term durability, ensure the product meets customer needs, and demonstrate effective deployment processes with minimal aircraft downtime. A series of flight trials will allow MicroTau to iteratively refine product design to achieve maximum ROI for customers.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$3,000,000$7,537,259
The Neonav: Collaboration to deliver a novel device for safer newborn careNavi Medical Technologies Pty Ltd
The Royal Women’s Hospital
University of Melbourne
Design & Industry Pty Ltd
Not all babies are healthy at birth; some, especially those born too early, need intensive care. Thin, flexible tubes (catheters) are placed in sick babies’ blood vessels to deliver medications. Despite best efforts, catheters may not reach the desired location inside the patient, requiring procedures to be repeated. Navi is developing the Neonav, a medical device innovation that tracks the catheter location during and after the procedure. The Neonav recently received FDA Breakthrough Device Designation and will make care safer for babies. This project will deliver a commercially manufacturable medical device, generate clinical validation evidence for FDA clearance, and increase Australia’s medtech sovereign manufacturing capabilities.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$2,316,137$6,285,043
Delivering allergen safe eggs to those suffering severe egg allergies.Omnisova Pty Ltd CSIRO
MAK Eggs Pty Ltd
Egg allergy is a global food safety problem that impacts ~40 million children worldwide. It is incredibly challenging to avoid allergic reactions that could lead to illness or even death. To date, there exists no safe solution other than to try and avoid egg containing food. We will develop a new line of chickens where a key protein responsible for allergic reactions, ovomucoid, has been eliminated and develop processing methods that destroy the remaining allergens, making it safe for consumption by those with egg allergies. With funding from CRC-P, we will be able create a new segment in the $0.8B AU egg market, allowing translation into the $375.92B world egg market and allow manufacture, at scale, of this life changing product.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$1,471,754$3,745,366
In-Place Recovery: Solution mining of critical mineralsOrica Australia Pty Ltd
The University of Adelaide
OZ Minerals Limited
Core Resources Pty Ltd
Mining operations need to embrace novel technologies to overcome the challenging dilemma of increased demand for critical minerals whilst committing to sustainability. In-Place Recovery allows for selective extraction of minerals without moving the rock mass to the surface, resulting in improved safety, lower cost, reduced energy and water consumption, and no tailings. This CRC-P investigates the feasibility of In-Place Recovery as an environmentally friendly solution through laboratory test work, development of an accurate modelling tool, and proof of concept via in-field demonstration. All partners will benefit from the established collaboration under the CRC-P framework and expand their capabilities for emerging mining methods.18 Sep 2023 – 17 Sep 2026$2,415,000$5,978,578
Healing Australian Carbon Wounds Using Hemp Plantation and ConstructionRevox Australia Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Developing Sustainable Directions Proprietary Limited
Grow-Hydro Solutions Pty Ltd
Greenlab Australia Pty Ltd
Woodside Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
The Trustee for APR Trust
Industrial hemp plant sequesters 8-15 ton of CO2-e per hectare, twice as effective as forests. This project proposes to use hemp farming as a solution to offset carbon emissions by the Australian industry; and use the hemp plant as innovative timber alternative. Australia is facing a shortage in timber supply due to increased housing demand and bush fires and push to halt deforestation by 2030. This CRC-P aims to develop sustainable alternatives to timber products using well-established manufacturing technologies and innovative advanced processes. The proposed end-to-end approach will add value and efficiency by having visibility across the supply chain, leading to offsetting Australian industry’s CO2 emissions and net-zero requirements.1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$3,000,000$7,981,294
A fire rated wall panel system for commercial and residential constructionSpeedpanel Holdings Pty Ltd
Deakin University
Formflow Pty Ltd
Speedpanel is Australia`s only supplier of a world-first fire rated wall system.
With Deakin University the company recently established the technology prerequisite for a new light-weight wall product. This CRC-P will introduce computer and test platforms to enable a first systematic approach to building product and manufacturing process design that is needed to rapidly develop and commercialise the new wall concept. Combining the computer support with new technologies for in-line shape monitoring established by FormFlow the partners will put in place a scalable high volume manufacturing cell to expand manufacturing operation and access a $340M market opportunity in Australia`s $60B high-rise building industry.
1 Jul 2023 – 30 Jun 2026$1,427,672$5,593,727
AI-Based Portable Digital Slit-lamp for Anterior Segment Eye DiseasesTelemedc Pty Ltd
The University of Notre Dame Australia
Design & Industry Pty Ltd
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Globally, more than 70% of blindness is preventable. A key contributing factor is a lack of eye care professionals, particularly serving rural and remote Australia. This project will address this issue by developing a first-of-its-kind affordable and easy-to-use imaging device for assessing the eye, incorporating AI diagnostics to reduce the need for highly skilled operators. Our proposed solution is a portable digital slit lamp on a smartphone equipped with clinical AI tools to allow patients to be diagnosed, triaged accurately at primary care facilities and referred to eye specialists in a timely manner. CRC-P funding will be shared between partners with varied expertise for a successful commercial outcome.1 Oct 2023 – 30 Sep 2025$694,286$1,388,573
AI driven design of custom in-space propulsion to extend satellite abilityVXB Aerospace Pty ltd
The University of Sydney
GPC Electronics Pty Ltd
The satellite industry is growing rapidly, and spacecraft requirements are becoming more complex, demanding bespoke solutions to tackle new challenges. Propulsion devices are critical to support satellite applications, such as positioning, communications, and Earth observation for understanding climate change. Building on significant experience in satellite propulsion devices among our partners, the project will develop and demonstrate a new AI driven generative design capability to create bespoke propulsion solutions for satellites. Two propulsion systems will be developed and tested as part of the project to quantify the increases in satellite mobility and lifetime relative to heritage technology, expanding Australia’s space capabilities.30 Jun 2023 – 15 Jul 2025$636,736$1,392,874

*First organisation is the lead partner.

Round 13 Recipients

TitlePartners*DescriptionStart/End DateTotal Grant amountTotal Project Value
AI-powered clinical decision assistance for acute strokeApollo Medical Imaging Technologies Pty Ltd
Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research
Metro North Hospital and Health Services
Monash University
Pro Medicus Limited
In Australia, a new stroke occurs every 19 minutes. It is one of the nation’s biggest killers and a leading cause of major lifelong disability. Treating stroke is a complex and time-pressured task for clinicians. This CRC-P enables prominent industry and research experts to collaborate on developing new AI-powered clinical decision support systems. These will enable faster and better diagnosis and treatment selection for acute stroke. Improving treatment selection and speed is a key part of the overall plan for better stroke care for all Australians – metro, regional and rural. The Australian Stroke Alliance estimates the plan will contribute 235,000 years of healthy life, 1700 new jobs and $15.6 billion in economic benefits to Australia by 2050.1 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2025$2,968,535$7,543,856
A novel therapeutic for the treatment of traumatic brain injuryArgenica Therapeutics Pty Ltd
Auspep Holdings Limited
Connectivity Traumatic Brain Injury Australia Limited
Curtin University
The University of Adelaide
Sustained mild repeated (e.g. concussions) and moderate traumatic brain injury (collectively termed mrmTBI), is a serious public health issue across the globe, representing the greatest contribution to death and disability globally among all trauma-related injuries. Currently there are no pharmaceutical therapies available to these patients to reduce the impact on neurological outcomes. This project involves critical research to assess the efficacy of an Australian manufactured novel neuroprotective pharmaceutical, R18D, in protecting brain cells following mrmTBI. The project brings together Argenica, leading Australian research organisations, AusPep and others to collaborate on trying to solve this large unmet global health challenge.1 Aug 2022 – 31 July 2024$1,200,000$2,764,607
Upcycling of Convoluted Subsea Flexible FlowlinesAustech Telecomminications Pty Ltd
Orangestream Pty Ltd
Royal Medlbourne Institute of Technology
Shelf Sunsea Australian Pty Ltd
University of Melbourne
Woodside Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
Half of the oil and gas subsea facilities in Australia are close to reaching their end of life. There are currently 11 facilities and around 6000 km of flowlines to be decommissioned within the next 30 years. Decommissioned flowline waste will become a major disposal issue and environmental hazard. The project will drive the deployment of a new plant in Australia to upcycle this marine waste. An innovative process will be developed to recover steel and polymer materials the main constituents of flowlines. The funding for the CRC-P will provide essential support to develop the upcycling process and commercialise the recovered materials that would otherwise be landfilled.1 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2025$3,000,000$7,673,449
Electric Conversion to fast track Zero Emissions Commercial AviationDovetail Electric Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd
Sydney Seaplanes Pty Ltd
Memko Aviation, Aerospace and Defence Pty Ltd
University of New South Wales
CSIRO
The project will develop, flight test and certify the conversion to electric propulsion of a turboprop plane, to provide regional commuter services. Regional airports serve few passengers but their importance increases by making flying smaller aircraft greener (1 million tons CO2 saved p.a. based on Dovetail’s sizable market) and more affordable (40% lower operating costs) with electrification. The CRC-P will accelerate the certification for passenger service, making it more economical than a new aircraft. Only one company in the world to date, is converting the same aircraft into electric, with theirs a hybrid, not zero emissions. This will address an important market niche, enabling longer range flights with battery improvements.1 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2025$3,000,000$12,796,130
Nanoparticle manufacturing and its application in brain cancer radiotherapyFerronova Pty Ltd Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research Limited
Siemens Healthcare Pty Ltd
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited
The University of Sydney
University of South Australia
Ferronova is a SME developing super-paramagnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) for image guided cancer surgery and therapy. This vision aligns with Siemens, a global leader in cancer imaging and radiotherapy. Nanotechnology has been widely researched in oncology, but clinical translation has been limited by complex manufacturing and limited effectiveness in vivo. The CRC-P will address these issues to develop commercial scale manufacturing of Ferronova’s FerroTrace SPION platform, with the testbed being FerroTrace-FAPi, a preclinically validated theranostic product for image guided radiotherapy and proton therapy. The safety and effectiveness of FerroTrace-FAPi will be evaluated in a Phase 1b clinical trial in glioblastoma.1 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2025$3,000,000$8,034,360
Advanced Rider Assistance Systems for Improved Road Safety of MotorcyclistsForcite Helmet Systems Pty Ltd
Harley-Davidson Australia Pty Limited
Western Sydney University
Macquarie University
University of Canberra
NSW Smart Sensing Network
Transport for NSW
APPRO Photoelectron Inc
Collision avoidance systems in cars are now common. Yet for motorcyclists, with 30 times higher fatality rates compared to other road users, similar technology is rare and ineffective. Australian SME, Forcite is uniquely positioned to solve this challenge, building on their current Smart Helmet System which provides navigation and alerts via audio and a safety-focused peripheral display. Through this CRC-P collaboration, Forcite will develop an advanced rider assistance system that can pre-empt hazards, enabling swift evasive action. Additionally, an evidence-based assessment of the technology’s impact on rider perception and performance is expected to become foundational guidance for the USD $1.2 billion smart helmets and rider safety markets.1 Feb 2023 – 31 Dec 2025$1,650,505$5,654,275
Integrated CO2 Capture-Electrolysis for Production of Renewable MethanolGraphenex Pty Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
CSIRO
Skai Energies Pty Ltd
Australia faces significant challenges in achieving net-zero emissions while maintaining global competitiveness. The project will advance a transformative CO2 recycling technology that integrates carbon capture with electrolysis in one simple process. The new technology enables the utilisation of waste CO2 directly from industrial emissions or ambient air, to produce renewable methanol in an economically viable way. The project will focus on the design, construction, and operation of a pilot plant to demonstrate this technology under industrially relevant conditions. Outcomes of the project will facilitate commercial deployment of this technology and help transform Australian industry into a sustainable low-carbon future.1 Dec 2022 – 30 Nov 2025$2,000,000$7,567,762
Machine Learning Driven Prediction for Prevention of Falls in Aged CareHomeGuardian.AI Pty Ltd
Villa Maria Catholic Homes Limited
Deakin University
HomeGuardian is a leader in fall detection technology; however, existing capability is limited to the device triggering an alert after a fall has occurred. HomeGuardian has identified an opportunity to identify indicators that occur prior to a fall, allowing carers to take preventative actions to reduce the likelihood of a fall. Using predictive indicators to reduce the incidence of falls would make the HomeGuardian device the first product in the global market to provide this functionality, increasing their competitiveness in a $21 trillion industry. Developing this technology requires collaboration between machine learning and practice development experts and testing in aged care settings to ensure efficacy and feasibility.2 Jan 2023 – 19 Dec 2025$2,650,000$9,353,542
Manufacturing a new generation of Australian-made anti-parasite treatmentsI.A.H. Sales Pty Limited
Global Life Sciences Solutionas Australia Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
About two billion of the world’s poorest people and millions of livestock are infected with parasitic worms, causing a raft of serious problems ranging from malnutrition to death. Chemical treatments have been the only available control measure for 80 years and are rapidly becoming ineffective due to parasite resistance. Biologic treatments offer a solution but are costly to produce using traditional manufacturing methods.This project will make a biologic anti-parasite treatment at a speed, cost, and scale unmatched by other technologies. While tackling a serious health and food security issue, the project will also build Australia’s sovereign capacity to serve the rapidly growing global market for biologic medicines.1 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2025$1,902,196$4,063,861
Next generation sensor for rapid detection of biosecurity threats & diseaseIugotec Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology
Waters Australia Pty Limited
Cab International
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
This project will protect Australian food and agricultural industries from increasingly complex biosecurity threats associated with global trade. We will harness unique miniaturised technology for ultra-trace gas sensing and artificial intelligence to detect invasive pests at the border, improving Australia’s climate resilience, and preventing multi-billion dollar economic impacts. The broad commercial opportunity for our novel sensing technology includes non-invasive medical diagnostics and real-time animal health and welfare monitoring applications. Key project activities will address limitations with current sensing technology to improve chemical sensitivity, selectivity, cost and ease-of-use.4 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2025$1,547,023$3,526,715
A novel and sustainable lift technology for low-emission gas productionMPC Group Pty Ltd
Flowdyne Pty Ltd
The University of Newcastle
Natural gas, besides its current $50 billion contribution to the Australian’s trade balance and use as a domestic transitional source of energy, is the feed for producing zero-emission pyrolytic hydrogen and graphite. Both these materials are key to zero-emission future economy. This, however, relies on innovative and low-emission technologies in the gas industry.
This project seeks to demonstrate on a commercial gas well, a sustainable lift technology for replacing conventional downhole pumps, which often fail at a significant replacement cost, loss of energy and environmental impact.
Annual savings of hundreds of millions of dollars are expected from reduced downtime and labour, and by eliminating methane emission on workovers.
1 Mar 2023 – 31 Aug 2024$785,950$1,590,000
Fast and Secure Crypto Payments for E-Commerce MerchantsNovatti Group Limited
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Hashkloud Pty Ltd
Thankq solutions Pty Ltd
Swyftx Pty Ltd
The global Cryptocurrency (Crypto) market is an emerging means of exchange, valued at $3.12 trillion, with a 21% increment in daily transactions (2020-21). Despite the size and growth, diverse security and operational impediments pertinent to the currencies’ liquidity and safety limit its usability. This project will develop a digital platform consisting of novel anti-fraud and anti-money laundering techniques, to align Crypto transactions with traditional payment options such as credit cards. It will allow consumers, merchants, and exchanges to acquire, verify and transfer Crypto with trust and scalability while conducting daily business. Thus, it will modernise Australian industries to take the lead in leveraging such currencies globally.5 Jan 2023 – 30 Nov 2025$2,314,813$6,084,269
Solving the plastics crisis with infinite recyclingSamsara Recycling Pty Limited
Woolworths Group Limited
Australian National University
Samsara has developed a revolutionary technology that can infinitely recycle plastics and textiles. The technology converts polymers into their building blocks (monomers), that can be used to produce virgin-quality plastic, or upcycled to more valuable commodities, ensuring that plastics no longer need to be made from fossil fuels and won’t end up in landfills or in our oceans. Consumers, industry and government are all committed to solving the problem of plastic waste, but current recycling technology is not effective. This CRC-P will enable the application of Samsara’s technology to mixed plastics and commercialise Samsara’s research via an R&D facility, generating jobs, economic growth and an advanced recycling industry for Australia.1 Sep 2022 – 31 Aug 2025$2,561,729$7,762,876
Circular economy for upcycling waste polystyrene into high-valued chemicalsSebstainable Pty Ltd
Ikon Waste Solutions Pty Ltd
Bygen Pty Ltd
BASF Australia Ltd
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
CSIRO
Polystyrene (PS) and expanded PS (EPS) waste are stockpiling in Australia. EPS’s low density makes transport to recycling centres uneconomical where only a small fraction is recycled into low-value products. The rest enters landfills causing economic and environmental problems. New processes to upcycle PS/EPS into market-ready high-value products are needed. This project will develop a novel industrial process to convert PS/EPS waste into high-valued material (styrene monomer) and activated carbon by a portable energy-efficient catalytic pyrolysis reactor. Deploying the system on-site at PS/EPS waste production points reduces recycling costs, and creates value from waste, jobs, new market opportunities, and sovereign capability for Australia.1 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2025$3,000,000$6,646,165
Expanding vaccine biomanufacturing capability for Australian biosecuritySementis Limited
Global life Sciences Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
DMTC Limited
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia highlighted the need for sovereign capability in the development of vaccine technology and the rapid manufacture and deployment of targeted vaccines. While Australia has invested significantly in the development of mRNA vaccine platforms, there remains a limited national range of other later-stage vaccine technologies. Sementis has recently developed what is the most advanced viral vector vaccine platform in Australia. This project aims to harness the global potential of this platform through the ability to manufacture Sementis vaccines in Australia, at call, at scale and for rapid deployment.1 Nov 2022 – 31 Oct 2025$3,000,000$9,004,700
Advanced reinforcing materials for longevity of Australian InfrastructureSustainable Construction Systems Pty Ltd
University of Southern Queensland
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Graphene Manufacturing Australia Pty Ltd
Graeme Snell
Enviro Sand Pty Ltd
Rocla Pty Limited
Steel corrosion in concrete structures costs the Australian economy almost $13 billion per year. Composite reinforcing materials offer a solution to this problem; however they are largely manufactured overseas and struggle to compete with steel on costs. This project will develop novel, sustainable and low-cost non-corrosive reinforcing solutions using recycled glass and plastics and advanced manufacturing to provide the Australian construction industry with a viable alternative to steel reinforcement products. The project will advance the growth of a sovereign composites manufacturing industry and related supply chain in time to support around $100 billion of critical road and rail projects planned in Australia.2 Jan 2023 – 31 Dec 2025$1,160,562$4,374,505
Phase 2 clinical study for a next-generation, needle-free COVID-19 vaccineVaxxas Pty Ltd
Advance Clinical Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
The University of Sydney
Vaxxas is developing a novel COVID-19 spike protein vaccine product using its needle-free skin patch and rapidly progressing into Phase II clinical studies. The vaccine patch will be suitable for storage at elevated temperature and low skilled user administration. In collaboration with Sypharma, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney this exciting program will pave the way for licensure and sovereign manufacture. Streamlined storage and distribution, and simplified administration will simplify and reduce the cost of COVID-19 booster vaccinations, ultimately reducing the public health and economic consequences of continued COVID-19 vaccinations and better prepare Australia and the world for future pandemics.4 Jul 2022 – 31 May 2024$3,000,000$9,815,136
Customised exosomes – the future of regenerative medicineVivaZome Therapeutics Pty Ltd
Global life Sciences Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
La Trobe University
The University of Queensland
Australian National University
Seerpharma Pty Ltd
Exosomes have potential to be an off-the-shelf, cell-based pharmaceutical for various diseases without the technical challenges of cell therapies. However, there are currently limited options for manufacture of clinical grade exosomes within Australia. VivaZome in collaboration with Cytiva, global leaders in cell & gene therapy, will establish an exosome manufacturing facility in Australia and optimise technologies and processes for manufacture of exosomes. VivaZome will use multiple strategies to produce unique, customised exosomes with enhanced functional attributes and generate proof of concept data for specific clinical indications in therapeutic areas of significant unmet need (ophthalmic and neurological).1 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2024$2,997,723$7,704,773
Reducing the impact of bacterial biofilms in chronic open woundsWhiteley Corporation Pty Ltd
Restech Pty Limited
The University of Newcastle
Western Sydney University
Chronic wounds start with a minor skin injury that doesn’t heal but progress to a problem costing $3.5 billion annually in Australia. Patients often have overlapping complications, including the loss of blood flow around the wound, which allows bacteria to proliferate and create biofilms within the wound, which diminish natural immune responses. Current tools do not work together to precisely identify the most important treatment to enable recovery. This multidisciplinary project includes novel anti-biofilm treatments, novel wound monitoring, including vascular identification, and dyes which target bacterial biofilms. The project partners have a track record of successful commercialisation of research outputs.1 Oct 2022 – 30 Sept 2025$1,974,482$5,667,050

*First organisation is the lead partner.

 

Case Studies

Australian technology startup Separtis is leading research to solve a range of plastic waste and environmental contamination issues with help from a Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grant.

Separtis received a $1.18 million from the Australian Government to fund a research partnership with the University of Sydney.

Recycling co-mingled plastics, reclaiming metals from e-waste and removing microplastics from water sources are just three of the potential applications for a recycling technology being commercialised by Orange-based start-up Separtis.

The company was founded in 2019 to develop a US-patented biopolymer technology to recycle plastics. Its research has since led to other waste recovery applications.

Separtis CEO Emma Clark says the government support has been vital to the research. “The CRC-P has allowed us to tap into the deep technical expertise at our universities.”

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The Australian government is dedicating $40 million to Round 15 of Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants, aimed at fostering innovation in small and medium-sized businesses. These grants prioritize projects driving a circular economy or aligning with the National Reconstruction Fund’s goals.

Minister Ed Husic highlights their role in advancing recycling and establishing a circular economy. The program has previously supported medical devices, wind turbine recycling, and tackles winemaking challenges. Quantum computing and robotics also fall within its scope. Businesses selected for CRC-P Round 15 could secure funding between $100,000 and $3 million, accessible from January 2024.

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Science and Industry Minister Ed Husic announced that the federal government’s industry-led research program would allocate $50 million in funding to 24 projects as part of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) initiative’s 14th round. These projects, involving 100 partners across the country, will receive additional support of $72 million in cash and in-kind contributions. The CRC-P program primarily focuses on the circular economy and aligns with the priority areas of the government’s upcoming National Reconstruction Fund (NRF), indicating a more targeted approach to research funding.

Minister Husic emphasised that this round of grants aimed to leverage Australian expertise effectively, with many projects aligning with the NRF’s priority areas, thus ensuring a steady pipeline of investment-ready projects for future consideration. The CRC-P program specifically targets small and medium-sized businesses, offering grants of up to $3 million for short-term research collaborations.

The CRC program, established by the Hawke government, has played a significant role in supporting the establishment of 236 Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and 232 CRC Projects, with over $5 billion invested to date. A recent evaluation of the program highlighted its success in delivering substantial returns on government investments. However, the report, initially withheld by the Morrison government, was released earlier this year. Although the evaluation could not fully assess the CRC-P component, which was launched in 2015, it recommended a reassessment of the smaller program once more projects were completed.

The full list of CRC-P recipients and prjects are:

  • Industrial Property Maintenance – Recycling composite wind turbine blades for circular economy
  • Canopus – Growing Australia’s cloud gaming industry with AI-assisted Network Boost
  • Advancell Isotopes – A platform for production of targeted alpha therapies for cancer treatment
  • Lutyen – 3D printing houses in extreme and remote locations using local materials
  • Gilmour Space Technologies – EDGy: Developing high-performing satellite control system Stellar Gyros
  • Inovor Technologies – developing sovereign capabilities for satellite operations
  • ITECH – Vertically integrated battery anode material development program
  • Microtau – When Sharks Fly: Reducing fuel burn and emissions of commercial aircraft
  • Diraq – Quantum computing controllers based on cryo-CMOS
  • Speedpanel Holdings – A fire rated wall panel system for commercial and residential construction
  • Ecopha Biotech – innovative development of biodegradable healthcare packaging products
  • Navi Medical Technologies – The Neonav: Collaboration to deliver a novel device for safer newborn care
  • VXB Aerospace – AI driven design of custom in-space propulsion to extend satellite ability
  • Omnisova – Delivering allergen safe eggs to those suffering severe egg allergies
  • Orica – In-Place Recovery: Solution mining of critical minerals
  • Greatcell Energy – Roll-to-roll production of ultra-low cost perovskite cells
  • Gelomics – Tissue-specific extracellular matrices for 3D cell and organoid culture
  • Australian Vintage Ltd – Advancement of Australian lifestyle wines
  • Go Resources – Development of biobased biodegradable sustainable industrial lubricants
  • Telemedc – AI-based portable digital slit-lamp for anterior segment eye diseases
  • Advanced Circular Polymers – AI-driven fused RGB and NIR hyperspectral vision for sorting waste plastics
  • Revox Australia – Healing Australian Carbon Wounds Using Hemp Plantation and Construction
  • Enviropacific Services – Creating construction materials from thermal treatment facility wastes
  • H2Ex – Accelerating exploration and extraction of renewable natural hydrogen

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Cooperative Research Australian has called for a $50 million boost to the cooperative research centres program, backing recommendations made in the positive 2021 ACIL Allen review released earlier this month.

The peak body for industry-research collaboration said the federal government should increase funding for the CRC program to 2008 levels. In financial year 2008-9, the CRC program received almost $250 million (in real 2019-20 dollars).

“Peer countries and competitors alike are tackling the global economic crisis by increasing their percentage of GDP spend on R&D. They are clear: the way forward is through innovation,” CRA said in its pre-budget submission.

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The 14th round of the Cooperative Research Centres – Projects program was opened by Ed Husic MP last week and closes on 2 March. Despite the name, I think it is really important to note just how different a Cooperative Research Centre is from a CRC-P.

The CRC program commenced in 1991 and almost from the first review it was noted that perhaps there should be a step-up or step-down phase for the CRCs, which are a major undertaking. “Slatyer Centres” were contemplated as ongoing entities for CRCs that had finished their terms for example. It wasn’t until the David Miles Review in 2014-2015 during Hon Ian Macfarlane‘s second stint as Industry Minister that the CRC-Ps were born. 

CRCs are about an industry, whereas CRC-Ps are much more specifically about the individual companies involved.

If a company wants help from researchers in a university or research institute, they tend to ignore the requirement that a CRC-P is a wider collaboration. At least two companies have to be involved and bids that fail on their first try often add a second company at the last minute to fulfil the funding requirements. That’s an appendix company. It’s sitting there, with no one understanding what it really does but the potential to turn the whole thing septic.

People that run companies often don’t get the need for good governance arrangements in a CRC-P. There is no need for a company to be set up like in a CRC. But there is a need to make sure all collaborators are actually contributing; that the project is managed properly and finances are in order.

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A partnership agreement has been signed between Vaxxas and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) CEPI will provide up to $US 4.3 million ($6.4 million) for preclinical testing of needle-free, high-density microarray patch (HD-MAP) delivery platform. The platform offered many potential advantages over more traditional ways of administering vaccines, for example the dried form of the vaccine is more stable at higher temperatures than vaccines in liquid formulations.

Vaxxas was also awarded a federal government grant through the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) program.

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BioCina recently received a A$3 million grant through the Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants scheme to address the post-pandemic demand for new mRNA products.

BioCina’s partners are the University of Adelaide and Cytiva. Researchers at the university will address the design and manufacture of lipid nanoparticles. The company will also develop mRNA-based therapies to treat cystic fibrosis, heart disease, rare genetic conditions, and some cancers.

BioCina is a full-service contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO). It specialises in process development and GMP manufacture of recombinant biological therapeutic products.

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The government decision to limit the latest grants round for research collaboration to only one sector has “shafted” hundreds of companies that have been preparing applications for months, with some “blindsided” firms potentially now looking offshore, according to the chief executive of the CRC Association.

Industry minister Karen Andrews and Environment Minister Sussan Ley officially opened Round 10 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps) grants program. But to the surprise of companies around the country, the round is only open to smart recycling projects, and the money to be provided has been cut by more than half from the previous round.

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