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 22

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Selection Round 22 has opened.

Indicative timing for Round 22 (approximate only)

  • Stage 1 opened 30 April 2020
  • Stage 1 closes 29 July 2020
  • Stage 2 opens late October/early November 2020
  • Stage 2 closes January 2021
  • Interviews held February 2021
  • Outcomes announced March 2021
  • Funding starts 1 October 2021

Further details about Round 22 and the Program documents can be found on the website


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

CRC grant applications are open to all industry sectors, research disciplines and community sectors.

To be eligible you must:

  • submit your application from a group that has agreed to collaborate
  • have at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation in your collaboration
  • show you can at least match the grant funding
  • if successful, establish the CRC as an incorporated company, limited by guarantee

What activities are eligible?

To be eligible you must:
  • be a medium to long term industry-led collaborative research project to solve industry-identified problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries 

  • include an industry-focused education and training program, which must include, but is not limited to, a PhD program which complements the research program and increases engagement, technology development, skilled employees and R&D capacity within industry entities
  • implement strategies which build the R&D capacity within SMEs
  • deploy research outputs and encourage take-up by industry
Eligible activities must relate directly to the project and may include:
  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training
  • conferences, workshops and communications
  • collaboration with international organisations providing national benefits to Australia

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 commenced in July 2019.

Round 21 Outcomes

The outcomes of Round 21 were announced on 13 March 2020 and UQ was successful in one bid - the CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME).  

CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies

A national consortium led by The University of Queensland and University of Western Australia has secured $30 million from the Federal Government to help regional communities transition to a sustainable future after their local mines have closed.

The funding forms part of a total 10-year investment of $135.4 million supporting mining communities to create sustainable community and development opportunities.

The consortium will form a Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME) with hubs in both Queensland and Western Australia.