New Grants

CRC-P grants support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes.

The Program will assist in:

  • supporting science, research, and commercialisation; and
  • enabling growth and productivity for globally competitive industries.

The Program aims:

  • to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and in line with Government Priorities.
  • 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.
  • to encourage and facilitate Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.


Deadline date:

27 March 2018 5:00 pm AEDT

What grants or funding is available?

Up to $3 million over three years is available for each CRC-P. The 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. They may be staff or non-staff resources.

You can use the funding to support the costs of:

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

You cannot use funding for the same activities or project previously or currently financed through any other funding scheme.

Only CRC-Ps of exceptional merit are likely to be awarded the maximum level of CRC Program Funds.


What are the eligibility criteria?

The CRC-P stream of the Program is open to all industry sectors and research disciplines and funding is available to organisations from all industry, research and community sectors.

Applicant Requirements 

  • Applications for CRC-Ps must be submitted by the Lead Participant, which must be an Industry Entity. 
  • A CRC-P application must have among its applicants at least:
    • two Industry Entities; (including at least one SME); and
    • one Research Organisation.
  • Applications must demonstrate the ability to at least match (in cash or in-kind) the level of CRC Program Funding requested and provided. Cash Contributions, particularly from industry, will be viewed favourably and may result in an application for funding being deemed more suitable.
  • Any organisation named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 cannot be part of an application.
  • An application must demonstrate the ability to undertake the Essential Activities:

Essential Activites consist of Commonwealth Funded Activities and Participant funded activities. A CRC-P must undertake all Essential Activities. However, CRC Program Funds must be spent only on Commonwealth Funded Activities. All other Essential Activites must be funded by Participant Contributions.

Operational Requirements 

  • Once an application succeeds in obtaining CRC Program Funding, the Applicants become Participants in the relevant CRC-P and have certain obligations.
  • The Participants are required to enter a Participants Agreement. 
  • A CRC-P must maintain amongst its Participants at least:
    • (a) two Industry Entities (including at least one SME); and
    • (b) one Research Organisation.
  • Participants from existing or former CRCs may be Participants in other CRCs or CRC-Ps.
  • Any organisation named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 cannot be a Participant.
  • Participants are not required to commit for the full funding period.
  • As a minimum, CRC-Ps will undertake all of the following activities, which constitute the Project of the CRC-P:
    • a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes. Projects should benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets;
    • industry-focused education and training activities, such as internships and secondments between Industry Entities and Research Organisations.
  • Where relevant, work with one or more relevant Growth Centres to develop research outcomes that meet the strategic priorities identified by industry.
  • International Engagement
  • CRC-Ps are encouraged to collaborate with international organisations and/or with companies with global supply chains and access to international markets, to provide national benefits to Australia.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the Program Guidelines.


What is the assessment criteria?

Compliant CRC-P applications will be assessed against the following merit based criteria:

  • 30% – the expected industry outcomes, including:
    • the industry-identified problem (or problems) to be solved;
    • the tangible industry outcomes expected to be derived from the research activity; and
    • the commercial potential of the expected outputs and any spill-over benefits;
  • 30% – the proposed research Project, including:
    • how the proposal would solve the industry-identified problem or problems;
    • the methodology to be applied to achieve outcomes and adoption of new technologies; and
    • the potential Participants and their levels of proposed commitment;
  • 10% – demonstrated governance and management capability, including:
    • expertise in project management, business management, commercialisation management and in the relevant market sector or technology;
  • 10% – the proposed education and/or training program, including:
    • how the proposed Project would contribute to capacity and capability building in related industry and research sectors;
  • 10% – value for money, including
    • the level of CRC Program Funding requested, the intended term, and how it will be used;
    • demonstrated need for funding – why the industry challenge would not be addressed without CRC Program Funding; and
    • why the Australian Government should invest in the CRC-P;
  • 10% – expected national benefits, including:
    • the extent to which the proposal aligns with Government Priorities;
    • how the proposal improves Australia’s competitiveness in the global economy; and
    • anticipated spill-over effects.

How do I apply?

Applications are to be made through the Secure Online Portal.

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