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 have changed significantly this round 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.

Applications close: 1 July 2019 5:00 pm AEST
The application period for Stage 1 of CRC Round 21 opened on 30 April 2019.

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 21

30 April 2019

1 July 2019

September 2019

October 2019

December 2019

July 2020

Sponsor Documents *subject to change

Cooperative Research Centres queries and primary contact email:

Key contacts

CRC inquiries Michelle Kendall+61 3 8344 4385