What is a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)?

The CRC Programme supports industry-led collaborations between researchers, industry and the community. The CRC Programme was established in 1990 and since then CRCs have developed important new technologies, products and services that help solve major economic, environmental and social challenges facing Australia.

In 2014-15 there are 35 active CRCs in areas as diverse as hearing, healthcare, pest management, bushfire and natural hazards management, financial markets security and the auto and aerospace industries.

As well as commercialising leading-edge research taking place in our universities and research institutions, CRCs are producing graduates with hands-on industry experience. This is helping create a highly-skilled workforce for the nation.

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

Minister's Responsibilities

The Minister for Industry and Science has overall responsibility for the CRC Programme.

The Minister appoints an advisory committee, the CRC Committee, to advise on the selection and evaluation of CRCs and on the conditions to apply to the provision of funds under the Programme.

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