Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps)

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

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

The CRC Program 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 are smaller collaborations operating on short project timelines with simpler governance and administration arrangements and less funding.


  • 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

Rounds 9 & 10

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


Round Opens

Round Closes

Outcomes Announced

Funding From

Round 9

13 Feb 2020

19 March 2020

July 2020

July 2020

Round 10

(estimated dates)

early Aug 2020

mid-Sept 2020

Dec 2020Jan 2021

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.

Round 5 Outcomes

The University of Melbourne was involved in a successful CRC-Project in Round 5:

"Advanced Manufacturing and Construction of Smart Building Modules", in collaboration with Schiavello Manufacturing Pty Ltd,
ERMA Group Pty Ltd,  OSEN Group Pty Ltd and  Trackem Pty Ltd, which was awarded $2,700,000.

Round 7 Outcomes

Coming soon

Round 8 Outcomes

Coming soon

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

Gavan Holloway 61 3 8344 3954