Key dates for Cooperative Research Centres - Projects (CRC-P) Round 9 (2020)

  • Release of Funding Rules: 9 February 2020
  • Proposals open: 13 February 2020
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 27 February 2020 (Register here)
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 5 March 2020
  • Applications close with AusIndustry: 19 March 2020


CRC-P grants support short-term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services. AusIndustry, within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, calls for CRC-P applications twice per year with funding of up to $3 million per project over a maximum of three years. Applications must be led by an industry participant, and involve university and other partners (including at least 1 SME partner).

How to apply

Step 1: Form a collaboration eligible to apply for a CRC-P grant

The group of participants submitting a CRC-P funding application must be led by an industry partner, and aim to address an industry problem. The collaboration must at a minimum include:

  • Two Australian industry organisations. One of these industry organisations will be the lead applicant, and at least one of these industry partners must be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) (<200 people).
  • One Australian Research organisation (i.e. UQ).

Any questions regarding an industry partner's eligibility should be directed to  AusIndustry

The CRC-P collaboration must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. As part of the application, each organisation must sign a Participant Declaration Form, signaling their agreement to participate in the project and their cash and in-kind contributions. Whilst there is no minimum cash requirement, cash contributions (particularly from industry) will be viewed favourably.

  • To arrange a UQ signature on the Participant Declaration Form, please provide UQR&I with a copy of the application form, the UQ Funding Application Coversheet, and the UQ Cash Commitments Proforma by email to by the Key Dates above.

Step 2: Completing the application

  • The lead applicant (one of the industry partners) must have or create an account on the portal to complete the application form.
  • Where the project fits within the scope of one of the six Industry Growth Centres, the lead CRC-P applicant is expected to discuss the proposal with the relevant Industry Growth Centre.
  • UQ participants should also discuss the related Intellectual Property issues with the relevant UQ Research Partnership Manager.

Step 3: UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • For applications where UQ is the first-named University, UQR&I offers a service to the applicant team by contributing advice and assistance on submissions.
  • To allow time for review of all applications and for the collaborating applicant team to consider the feedback provided, please submit review requests as early as possible.
  • To initiate an internal review of the proposal, please email a PDF of the application form, UQ Funding Application Coversheet and Cash Commitments Proforma to UQR&I at

Step 4: Final submission

  • The application must be submitted by the lead industry partner through the portal. A copy of the final submitted proposal should be provided by the lead UQ researcher to UQR&I.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from the website.

Information Session