Cooperative Research Centres

Cooperative Research Centres

Status Open

Programme Objectives
The objectives of the CRC Programme are to assist in:

(a) supporting science, research,and commercialisation; and
(b) enabling growth and productivity for globally competitive industries.

Programme Aims
The programme aims to:

  • improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and in line with Government Priorities.
  • foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between Industry Entities and Research Organisations.
  • encourage and facilitate Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.

About the CRC initiative


Funding Streams

The CRC Programme contains two funding streams:

1. Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) to support medium to long term industry led collaborations.

Centres can be up to a maximum of ten years duration with no set upper funding limit.  However, requests for Program funding of between $4m - $7m per year have been typical.  Resources (cash and in-kind) must be contributed by Centre partners and at least match the amount of Programme funding requested.

2. Cooperative Research Centres-Projects (CRC-P's) to support short term, industry-led collaborative research.  This new stream will be small collaborations working on short project timelines with simple governance and administration arrangements. CRC-P's will deliver a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for business and deliver tangible outcomes. Projects should benefit SME's and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets. Projects can be up a maximum of three years duration and $1m per year.

The CRC/CRC-P collaboration must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. In-kind contribution means non-cash resources provided by a participant to conduct the activities of the CRC or the project of the CRC-P. They may be staff or non-staff resources.

You can use the funding to support the costs of:

  • research
  • salaries
  • student placements
  • commercialisation
  • capital items, such as equipment
Eligibility Criteria

A CRC must have at least:

  • one Australian industry organisation and
  • one Australian research organisation

A CRC-P must have at least:

  • two Australian industry organisations including at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and
  • one Australian research organisation

Further information on CRC and CRC-P eligibility criteria is available in the CRC Programme Guidelines.

Macquarie Processes Guidance

Development of a Centre or participation in a Centre proposal requires considerable creativity, time and
effort from both academic and administrative staff of the University. When done for sound strategic reasons and with appropriate institutional support, the chance of success and real benefits both to the researcher and to the University are increased.  Please refer to the document Centre-Development Activity – Opportunities & Considerations for further general guidance.

How to Apply

Please contact your Faculty and the University Research Office (RO) as early as possible to notify your intent (Notification of Intent, NOI) to participate in a CRC application round.  Relevant dates for upcoming rounds are indicated below in the Key Dates section.  However, Macquarie Internal NOI's are encouraged all year round ahead of CRC Programme closing dates.

Upon submitting an NOI, the RO will arrange a meeting with you to discuss your proposal.  The RO will also help plan and co-ordinate development in liaison with collaborators at Macquarie and other universities, industry bodies in co-ordination with other Macquarie administration offices (e.g. Commercialisation and Innovation, Office of General Counsel (Legal) and Property). 

NOIs (by email) should contain the following information at a minimum:

- Name of Lead CI
- Working Title of Centre/Project
- Administering/Applicant Organisation Name
- Macquarie Research Role
- Anticipated Macquarie Share of Budget ($)
- Anticipated Macquarie Contributions (cash and in-kind)


See Contacts section below for Research Office and Faculty contacts.

CRC Programme Application Webpage

Key Dates CRC Key Dates

CRCs -  Round 19

Macquarie Internal Notification of Intent deadline: March 2017
Stage 1 open: May 2017
Stage 1 close: July 2017
Stage 2 open: September 2017
Stage 2 close: November 2017
Outcomes announced: March 2018
Funding from: July 2018  

CRC Projects - Round 2
Macquarie Internal Notification of Intent deadline: July 2016
Round open: August 2016
Round close: September 2016
Outcomes announced: November 2016
Funding from: January 2017

CRC Projects - Round 3

Macquarie Internal Notification of Intent deadline: December 2016
Round open: January 2017
Round close: March 2017
Outcomes announced: May 2017
Funding from: July 2017

CRC Projects - Round 4

Macquarie Internal Notification of Intent deadline: June 2017
Round open: July 2017
Round close: August 2017
Outcomes announced: November 2017
Funding from: January 2018

CRC Programme Guidelines PDF Word
CRC Programme application webpage
CRC Online - contract management system for existing CRCs

CRC Association Guides

MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
MQRES Schedule
MQRES Request Form
Application & Project Lifecycle Information (APLI) Form (formerly known as MQ Coversheet)
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 


Research Office
Research Partnerships Managers
Ph: 9850 4058 (x4058), Mark Berlage (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Ph: 9850 1064 (x1064), Lisa Elliott (Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences)
Ph: 9850 4057 (x4057), Carly Evans (Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics)

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Kerry Todd-Smith

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 8073 (x8073), Faculty Research Manager, Mr Colm Halbert

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

MGSM Research Office
Ph 9850 7732 (x7732), Research Office Executive, Mrs Kerry Daniel

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