How to apply

UQ's strategic involvement in CRCs is coordinated by UQ Research and Innovation through the Research Partnerships Office (RPO).

If you wish to apply for a CRC or be a participant in a CRC, please contact Mr Joe McLean (+61 7 3365 3559) for further information.

Key dates for CRC Selection Round 21

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Selection Round 21 opened on 30 April 2019 and will close on 1 July 2019.

Indicative timing of Stage 2, Round 21 is:

  • Stage 2 will open in September 2019
  • Stage 2 will close in October 2019
  • Outcomes expected in December 2019
  • Funding to commence from July 2020


The Cooperative Research Centres Program is overseen by AusIndustry, within the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The CRC Program aims to provide medium to long term industry-led collaborations with matched funding to solve industry problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

CRCs are large-scale, flagship industry-research centres. UQ has a strong history of participation in the CRC Program since the inception of the first CRCs in 1991.

Eligibility criteria

Applications are open to all industry sectors and research disciplines. To be eligible for a CRC grant, applications must:

  • be submitted by a group of applicants who have agreed to collaborate
  • the collaboration must, at a minimum, include one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation
  • demonstrate the ability to at least match the grant funding sought
  • demonstrate the ability to undertake essential activities of a CRC as outlined in the CRC Program Guidelines.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the  CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines.  The Guidelines provide useful information for applicants, including selection round requirements.

The CRC Guidelines have changed since Round 20 and attached is a factsheet provided by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science setting out the changes.

Round 20 Outcomes

UQ was successful in two of the Round 20 bids (six bids went through to Stage 2).  The outcomes were announced in May 2019 and the successful bids are:

  • Blue Economy CRC.  Grant funding of $70,000,000 over 10 years.
  • SmartSat CRC.  Grant funding of $55,000,000 over 7 years.

Funding will commence in July 2019.