CSIRO Flagship Cluster

Flagship clusters are funded for three years at A$1 million per annum with matching co-investment from partner organisations.


The Flagship clusters are large scale research programs with an emphasis on people and partnerships working on a collection of strongly integrated projects relevant to a Flagship’s goals.

Flagship clusters are funded for three years at A$1 million per annum with matching co-investment from partner organisations.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Australian and overseas higher education institutions
  • Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)
  • other Australian and overseas publicly funded research agencies.

Each cluster must include at least one Australian university.

Flagship clusters have been accepted for inclusion on the Australian Competitive Grants Register.

Read more about Flagship Collaboration Fund Clusters.

Round 7 Clusters

Applications for Round 7 Clusters are now open until 5.00 pm, Friday 24 February 2012.

To apply please complete the Flagship Cluster application form.

Cluster Specifications:

  • Climate Adaptation Technology and Engineering for Extreme Events – Climate Adaptation Cluster Specification 2011
  • Future Grid Cluster –  Energy Transformed Cluster Specification 2011
  • Marine and Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster – Wealth from Oceans Cluster Specification 2011.

Further Information

  • Flagship collaborative research program guidelines
  • Contract information – available on request
  • Detailed Costing spreadsheet – available on request
  • Progress reporting template
  • Flagship Collaboration Fund Reporting Template


Expert Assistance

For a flagship to be successful, it will need a strong proactive Cluster Leader – skilled at scientific, management & administrative leadership.

It is important that there is a well thought through research program that consists of integrated & focussed projects. They must have sufficient depth & origniality in the science appropriatley responding to the specifications.

We have expert skills to assist with your CSIRO flagship application including:

  • Bid Management
  • Opportunity/Problem identification
  • Quantification of economic impact
  • Governance arrangements
  • Financial modelling (inputs and outputs)
  • Impact modelling
  • Research programs
  • Application Drafting

Contact us on 03 9005 6789 or email to see how we can assist your application.


Previous Clusters

There are now 27 clusters established from the first six rounds of funding proposals.

Flagship Cluster NameCluster LeaderLaunch
Energy TransformedNational Hydrogen Materials AllianceDr Andrew Dicks, University of QueenslandOctober 2006, Newcastle
Food FuturesConcentration and separation of bioactives in food scienceProfessor Milton Hearn, Monash University and Dr Muthupandian Ashokkumar, University of Melbourne (merged)December 2006, Melbourne
Food FuturesLearning the principles of olfactory pattern recognition from invertebratesProfessor Mandyam Srinivasan, University of Queensland (moved from ANU)August 2006, Canberra
Light MetalsAustralian Partnership in Light Metals ResearchProfessor David St John, CAST CRC and Professor Barry Muddle, Monash UniversityAugust 2006, Melbourne
Preventative HealthDetecting and preventing Alzheimer’s diseaseProfessor David Ames, University of MelbourneNovember 2006, Melbourne
Water for a Healthy CountryCLAMMecology (Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth)Dr Mike Geddes, University of AdelaideAugust 2006, Adelaide
Wealth from OceansHuman uses and impacts on Ningaloo reefProfessor Neil Loneragan, Murdoch UniversityNovember 2006, Perth
Food FuturesRedesigning grain polysaccharidesProfessor Mike Gidley, University of QueenslandJuly 2007, Canberra
Water for a Healthy CountryAdvanced membrane technologies for water treatmentProfessor Stephen Gray, Victoria UniversityMay 2007, Melbourne
Wealth from OceansSubsea pipelines for reliable and environmentally safe developmentProfessor Mark Cassidy, University of WAOctober 2007, Perth
Energy TransformedThe ‘intelligent grid’ – modelling distributed generation and interruptible loadProfessor Stuart White, University of Technology SydneyAugust 2008, Sydney
Light MetalsBreakthrough technology for primary aluminiumProfessor Geoff Brooks, Swinburne UniversitySeptember 2009
Preventative HealthThe ASPREE healthy ageing cohort biobankProfessor John McNeil, Monash UniversityFebruary 2010
Climate AdaptationHuman health and climate change adaptationProfessor Anthony Capon, ANU April 2011
Climate AdaptationRegional adaptation to climate change – a case study in SE QueenslandProfessor Jan McDonald, Griffith University June 2009
Minerals Down UnderFuture sustainability of Australia’s mineral industryProfessor David Brereton, University of Queensland October 2009
Minerals Down UnderPreconcentration and agglomeration to enhance heap leaching of nickel lateriteProfessor John Ralston, University of South Australia October 2009
Future ManufacturingSensor systems for analysis of aquatic environmentsProfessor Justin Gooding, UNSW October 2009
Preventative HealthSTroke imAging pRevention and Treatment (START)Professor Geoffrey Donnan, University of Melbourne September 2010
Wealth from OceansInstitutional and social barriers to science impactProfessor David Wood, Curtin University of Technology April 2010
Water for a Healthy CountryEnvironmental waterProfessor Stuart Bunn, Griffith UniversityMarch 2011
Food FuturesHealthy complex cereal carbohydratesProfessor Geoff Fincher, University of AdelaideApril 2010
Energy TransformedBiological solutions for energy and greenhouse challengesProfessor Chris Easton, ANUOctober 2010
Food FuturesSex ratio and sterility for commercial animal productionProfessor Michael Holland University of QueenslandMarch 2011


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