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 20

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Selection Round 20 opened on 1 May 2018 and closed on 3 July 2018.

  • Stage 2 opened: September 2018
  • Stage 2 closed: November 2018
  • Anticipated announcement: March 2019 (with funding commencing from July 2019)


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 Program Guidelines.  The Guidelines provide useful information for applicants, including selection round requirements.