CRC Program - Cooperative Research Centres

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program has been a feature of the Australian Government research and innovation agenda for 30 years. The CRC Program continues to encourage and facilitate industry-led collaboration between industry and research.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of the eligible grant project value. There is no minimum and maximum grant amount. Grants to date have ranged between $7 million and $75 million, depending on the scope and complexity of the project. $185 million was committed for CRCs in Round 20. The maximum project period is ten years, with no option to extend.

The Guidelines changed significantly in Round 21 in particular surrounding the Merit Criteria and the calculation of staff in-kind contributions.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, a collaboration must:

  • contain at least one Australian industry entity and one Australian research organisation
  • be able to match the grant funding sought.

Timeline Round 22 (subject to change):

  • Stage 1 Open: March 2020
  • Stage 1 Close: June 2020
  • Stage 2 Open: August 2020
  • Stage 2 Close: September 2020

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

The RIC Major Initiatives team will provide support to University researchers and partners in meeting the Commonwealth dates for the upcoming rounds.

University of Melbourne involvement in any CRC bid must be reviewed by the RIC Major Initiatives team and endorsed by the relevant Academic Division/s and Chancellery (Research).

Important dates:

Stage 1 

Stage 2 

Outcomes Expected

Funding From





Round 22

March 2020

June 2020

August 2020

September 2020

December 2020

July 2021

Sponsor Documents *subject to change

Cooperative Research Centres queries and primary contact email:

Key contacts

CRC inquiries Michelle Kendall+61 3 8344 4385