The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It’s a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.
It aims to:
There are two components of the CRC Program.
Both CRCs and CRC-P collaborations must at least match the amount of the commonwealth grant funding through cash and/or in-kind contributions. In-kind contribution include the non-cash resources provided by a participant to conduct the activities of the CRC or the CRC-P and may be staff or non-staff resources.
CRCs and CRC-Ps will receive funding for a single, specified term to undertake the activities or project in the funding agreement.
The CRC Program supports collaborative research that aligns with Australian Government priorities and areas of focus. This includes alignment with the National Reconstruction Fund (NRF) priority areas, Science and Research Priorities, and/or specific industry sector focus areas that are identified for priority funding in CRC-P and CRC rounds from time to time.
The Industry Growth Centres are an important stakeholder and resource in the CRC Program and should be consulted during the bid development stage to ensure alignment with the relevant industry sector competitiveness plans. Industry Growth Centres also play a role in the assessment of CRCs and CRC-P proposals.
For more information, see the Cooperative Research Centres Program website.
The minimum grant amount is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount is $3 million.
The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible grant project value.
The application must be submitted by a lead Industry Participant.
The maximum grant period is 3 years.
Must have at least:
|Round 14 opens||Round 14 closes|
|19 January 2023||2 March 2023|
There are no minimum or maximum grant amounts for CRCs. Commonwealth funding is typically in the order of $30M-$75M over 7-10 years – with this funding matched (or exceeded) by participant contributions.
The maximum grant period is 10 years.
Must include a collaboration between at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation.
Must be industry-led and aim to solve industry identified problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.
Must include an industry-focused education and training program, including a PhD program that builds capability and capacity.
Participating in a CRC at Flinders
CRC grants provide a mechanism to leverage significant industry investment to secure commonwealth funding to build capability and critical mass, and to tackle major industry challenges, through large-scale research collaborations between researchers, industry and end-users.
The involvement of Flinders University in any CRC bid will involve a significant investment of time (from researchers) and other in-kind resources, and of university cash. All CRC involvement must be endorsed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), with the support of the relevant College Executive Deans. Flinders University will only support CRC proposals where financial returns are appropriate and there is a strategic case to do so.
The Flinders University CRC Participation Guidelines explain the steps for Flinders to be involved in a CRC, including the approvals required and timelines to consider. CRC Participation Guidelines and Participation Request forms are in the ‘Supporting documents and links’ below.
Key dates for CRC Participation at Flinders University
CRC Round 24 2023
|CRC Participation – Intent to Apply||Anytime||CRC Lead Researcher (CLR) advises Research Development and Support. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|CRC Participation Request (CPR) – Initial||
25 January 2023
Mandatory for all CRC bids involving Flinders University
CLR: Prepares and submits the CRC (Initial) for consideration of the participation of Flinders University in a CRC.
Email CPR to Research Development and Support:
|CRC Participation Request (CPR) - Detailed||
8 February 2023
Mandatory for all CRC bids involving Flinders University
If the CLR receives advice from Research Development and Support that their CPR (Initial) has been approved to progress.
CLR: Prepares and submits the CPR (Detailed) for consideration of the participation of Flinders University in a CRC.
Emails CPR to Research Development and Support:
|DVCR, RDS, College Deans of Research, CLR bid meeting (pitch)||
By 17 February 2023
DVCR: Considers CPR, pitch by CLR and recommendation by College Deans of Research.
Provides approval for the University’s participation in a CRC bid and confirms Stage 1 bid details (cash and in-kind support etc).
|Bid documents and signed CPR due in Research Development and Support, to facilitate DVCR signature of CRC Partner Declaration.||
By 24 February 2023
If the Flinders CRC Participation Request is approved, the CLR will work with the bid leader (if a different person) to prepare a full bid submission.
Research Development and Support: Works with CLR to finalise Flinders sign-off on the Partner Declaration and check final Stage 1 CRC Bid (in-kind and cash contributions).
|Bids close: Commonwealth Submission Deadline||
7 February 2023
CLR works with the bid leader (if a different person) to prepare a full bid submission.
Research Development and Support:
For bids by other organisations: coordinate Partner Declaration to be signed by Flinders.
|Stage 2 Bids||
By invitation only
|Prepared by Bid Team|
|Interviews in Canberra||
Late October 2023
|If shortlisted by the Department of Industry, Science and Resources|
|Successful applicants notified||
*To be confirmed when the CRC Round 24 opens and the closing date for Stage 1 applications is known.
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