Cooperative Research Centres Program

Program outline

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program is administered by AusIndustry, a division within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The CRC Program aims to foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations.

The CRC Program contains two funding streams:

  • CRCs to support medium to long term industry-led collaborative research
  • CRC Projects (CRC-P’s) to support short term, industry-led collaborative research

The CRC Program Guidelines cover all aspects of the program, including selection round requirements.

Reporting and governance

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science has overall responsibility for the CRC Program and makes decisions including: which CRCs and CRC-Ps will be funded; the level of funding offered; the conditions of any funding offered; changes to the level of funding and the termination of agreements.

The CRC Advisory Committee was established to implement the recommendations of the CRC review - Growth through Innovation and Collaboration: A review of the Cooperative Research Centres Programme Report. The CRC Advisory Committee’s ongoing role is to provide advice and recommendations on applications for funding; the ongoing progress and performance of individual CRCs; the operation of the CRC Program.

The CRC Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of Innovation and Science Australia, an independent statutory board with responsibility for providing strategic whole-of-government advice to the Government on all science, research and innovation matters.

Customer stories

View the CRC Directory and CRC Projects Directory for more information on existing CRCs and CRC‑Ps.

Key contacts (CRC Policy)

Collaboration Policy Section; Commercialisation Policy Branch; Science and Commercialisation Policy Division:

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