Cooperative Research Centres

Cooperative Research Centres

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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

Engagement with relevant Australian Industry Growth Centres and alignment with the opportunities and actions identified in their Sector Competitiveness Plans is strongly advised.

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

Macquarie ProcessesGuidance

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.

Major Initiatives Notice of Intent (NOI)

Applicants should notify the University of their intent to apply for major initiatives through the NOI form. The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is a major initiative and the NOI form applies to this scheme. The NOI form allows intending applicants to request resource support in the development of their bid. Note: The NOI allows only for resource requests for application development. For  resourcing support to be included as a Macquarie University contribution in the CRC grant application, please use the DVCR Co-Funding application form.

Key DatesCRC 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 3
Macquarie Internal Notification of Intent deadline: 9 January 2017
Round open: 7 February 2017
Round close: 22 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

It is expected that the annual timing of future CRC-P grants selection rounds will follow that of the 3rd and 4th CRC-P grants selection rounds.

CRC Program

Programme Guidelines PDF Word
Programme Application Webpage
CRC Online - contract management system for existing CRCs

CRC Association

Macquarie is a member of the CRC Association, a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of services, advice and guidance for prospective and established CRCs and CRC-Ps.

CRC Association Guides:  A series of printable Guides aimed at providing the “must know” information regarding what is involved in being a participant in a CRC, especially for industry but also for other University research participants.  The guide “How to Build a CRC Consortium” is the keystone document.

A competitive CRC (or CRC-P) bid:  Powerpoint Presentation by the CEO of the CRCA, May 2017.

Industry Growth Centres

A major theme of the six Industry Growth Centres is to improve improve engagement between research and industry and within industry, to achieve stronger coordination and collaborations of research and stronger commercialisation outcomes in key growth sectors - the CRC program is intended to play a major role in this theme.

MTPConnect - An example of an Industry Growth Centre:  Slide Presentation by General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, May 2017.

NSW Government

The NSW Government provides leveraged support for CRC's through the Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP).  Funding is primarily allocated through invitation and competitive application rounds to align with CRC rounds.


The University and the CRC Program:  Slide presentation by Director, Research Office, May 2017

MQ DVCR Discretionary Fund:  The DVCR Discretionary fund can provide funds to assist with CRC bid development costs.

MQ Co-Funding Scheme:  The Co-Funding Scheme can provide a cash contribution to CRC applications that require it and where the potential benefit to the University and the likely funding return warrants investment.

MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
MQRTP Scholarship Schedule
MQRTP Request Form
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research


Research Services
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
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

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

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