Key dates for Cooperative Research Centres - Projects (CRC-P) Round 11 (2021)

  • Release of Funding Rules: 8 January 2021
  • Proposals open: 11 February 2021
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: N/A
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 11 March 2021
  • Applications close with AusIndustry: 25 March 2021


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 3 years.

Applications must be led by an industry participant, and involve university and other partners (including at least 1 SME partner).

Round 11 will support short-term industry-led collaborative research that focuses on the National Manufacturing Priorities:

  • Resources technology and critical minerals processing
  • Food and beverage
  • Medical products
  • Recycling and clean energy
  • Defence
  • Space

Around 30% of the total allocated funding will support general applications.

Up to two Regional CRC-P grants will be approved nationally.

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, signalling their agreement to participate in the project and their cash and in-kind contributions. While 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 UQ R&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 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: UQ R&I internal review and feedback

  • For applications where UQ is the first-named university, UQ R&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 (DOCX, 55.1 KB) and Cash Commitments Proforma to UQ R&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 UQ R&I.

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents, including the Grant Opportunity Guidelines, available from the website.


Information sessions