Cooperative Research Centres

Cooperative Research Centres


Programme Objectives
The objectives of the CRC Programme are to assist in:

(a) supporting science, research,and commercialisation; and
(b) enabling growth and productivity for globally competitive industries.

Programme Aims
The programme aims to:

  • improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and in line with Government Priorities.
  • foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between Industry Entities and Research Organisations.
  • encourage and facilitate Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.

About the CRC initiative


Funding Streams

The CRC Programme contains two funding streams:

1. Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) to support medium to long term industry led collaborations.

Centres can be up to a maximum of ten years duration with no set upper funding limit.  However, requests for Program funding of between $4m - $7m per year have been typical.  Resources (cash and in-kind) must be contributed by Centre partners and at least match the amount of Programme funding requested.

2. Cooperative Research Centres-Projects (CRC-P's) to support short term, industry-led collaborative research.

This stream supoprts small collaborations working on short project timelines with simple governance and administration arrangements. CRC-P's will deliver a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for business and deliver tangible outcomes. Projects should benefit SME's and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets. Projects can be up a maximum of three years duration and $1m per year.

The CRC/CRC-P collaboration must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. In-kind contribution means non-cash resources provided by a participant to conduct the activities of the CRC or the project of the CRC-P. They may be staff or non-staff resources.

Funding can be used to support the costs of:

  • research
  • salaries
  • student placements
  • commercialisation
  • capital items, such as equipment.
Eligibility Criteria

A CRC must have at least:

  • one Australian industry organisation and
  • one Australian research organisation

A CRC-P must have at least:

  • two Australian industry organisations including at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and
  • one Australian research organisation

Further information on CRC and CRC-P eligibility criteria is available in the CRC Programme Guidelines.

Macquarie ProcessesMajor Initiatives Notice of Intent (NOI)

Applicants should notify the University of their intent to apply for major initiatives through the NOI form. The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is a major initiative and the NOI form applies to this scheme. The NOI form allows intending applicants to request support in the development of their bid. Note: The NOI only allows for resource requests for application development. For  resourcing support to be included as a Macquarie University contribution in the CRC grant application, please use the DVCR Co-Funding application form.

Key Dates

CRC Key Dates Round 24: CRC Round 24 is now open and the key dates are listed below:

  • Stage 1 opened 13 January 2023
  • Stage 1 closed 7 March 202
  • Stage 2 opened 4 July 2023
  • Stage 2 closing 22 August 2023
  • Interviews will be held late October 2023
  • Outcomes will be announced December 2023
  • Funding to start 1 July 2024.

CRC-P Key Dates Round 15: CRC-P Round 15 is now open and the key dates are indicated below:

  • Round opened on 3 August 2023
  • Round closing on 14 September 2023
  • Outcomes will be announced  in December 2023
  • Funding will commence in January 2024.

Cooperative Research Australia (CRA)

Macquarie is a member of Cooperative Research Australia (CRA), a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of services, advice and guidance for prospective and established CRCs and CRC-Ps.


Strategic Research Bid Managers

Jo Tuck -

Mark Reed -

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