Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps)

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme has been a feature of the Australian Government research and innovation agenda for 25 years. The CRC Programme continues to encourage and facilitate industry-led collaboration between industry and research.

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme encourages and facilitates industry-led collaboration between industry and research with objectives revised to put industry front and centre. The programme aims for increased in involvement of SMEs, through reduction of perceived barriers to their participation.  

The CRC Programme is structured into two streams of activity: the traditional CRC which supports medium–to long term industry-led collaborations; and

  • CRC-Projects (CRC-Ps) which support short term, industry-led research CRC-Ps will be smaller collaborations operating on short project timelines with simpler governance and administration arrangements and less funding
  • CRC-Ps
    • can be funded for up to 3 years;
    • apply for a maximum of $3M in CRC funding;
    • must have at least two Australian Industry Entities (including one SME) and one Australian Research Organisation;  and
    • are open for two applications rounds annually.

Important dates

Round 5 is now OPEN. The CRC Programme's confirmed dates for Round 5 can be found below.

RIC Major Initiatives will be coordinating University support for these rounds.


Round Opens

Round Closes

Outcomes Announced

Funding From

Round 5

8 February, 2018

27 March 2018

Note: Earlier internal RIC

deadlines apply

June 2018

July 2018

Round 1 Outcomes

The University of Melbourne, in collaboration with Speedpanel Australia, was awarded $3,000,000 to research and develop innovative pre-fabricated building systems for 3 years. Click here for more information.

Round 2 Outcomes

The University of Melbourne was  involved in 2 successful CRC-Projects in Round 2:

"Advanced Manufacturing of High Performance Building Envelope Systems", in collaboration with CSR Building Products and Inhabit Australasia, which was awarded $3,000,000; and

"An integrated modelling system for navigational aid in tidal inlets", in collaboration with OMC International, Pivot Maritime International and MetOcean Solutions, which was awarded $425,180.

Round 3 Outcomes

The University of Melbourne,  was  involved in a successful CRC-Project in Round 3 titled "Optimising Nitrogen Recovery in Intensive Animal Production Facilities", in collaboration with Coomboona Holdings Pty Ltd,  CAF Consulting Services Pty Ltd,  The Trustee for The Ming Family Trust and  CHM Alliance Pty Ltd, which was awarded $2,469,431.

Round 4 Outcomes

The University of Melbourne was  involved in 3 successful CRC-Projects in Round 4:

"Project Vaccinate Driving Innovation in Dairy Goat Vaccines", in collaboration with Nuchev Pty Ltd,  K.J Coutts & N.J Coutts, Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory Foundation Limited and  Australian Dairy Goats Incorporated, which was awarded $97,280;

"WoundVue automated and advanced assessment of chronic wounds", in collaboration with LBT Innovations Ltd and  Planet Innovation Pty Ltd, which was awarded $2,513,000; and

"Rapid iteration selective breeding: Australia’s fish to feed the world", in collaboration with Mainstream Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd,  James Cook University,  Marine Produce Australia Limited,  King Reef Pty Ltd,  Helmaqua Pty Ltd and Barramundi Asia Pty Ltd, which was awarded $3,000,000.

Find out more

More information on this scheme, including critical dates and documentation can be found on the Staff Hub.

Go to the Staff Hub

Cooperative Research Centres and CRC-Project queries and primary contact email:

Key contacts

Anita Vecchies +61 3 8344 2054