Grants open for new Cooperative Research Centres Projects

Applications are now open for Round 16 of Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants. 

The Albanese government believes in a Future Made in Australia - where our know-how is paired with our business smarts to produce the manufactured goods that our nation and the rest of the world needs. 

The grants will provide funding of between $100,000 and $3 million for Australian businesses to collaborate with researchers on projects which aim to solve community and economic problems. 

The Albanese Government has reshaped the CRC P grants program to line up and support the government’s priority areas for manufacturing. 

This saw in round 15 more than $51 million invested in projects including: 

  • Ground-breaking recycling technologies for lithium-ion batteries and solar panels
  • Life-saving medical products to prevent still-birth and control epileptic seizures
  • Unmanned aerial fire-fighting drones to protect property and lives.

Now in its ninth year, the CRC Projects initiative has committed $553 million to establish 253 CRC-Ps, leveraging $1.144 billion in cash and in-kind to deliver projects between industry, research, government and the community. 

Applications are open until Wednesday June 5, and further information is available at

Quotes attributable to the Hon. Ed Husic, Minister for Industry and Science: 
“Businesses and research partners have stepped up to the challenge of revitalising our manufacturing capabilities. The last CRC-P round saw the greatest number of applications ever received with more than double the number received in the previous round. 

“We want to build on that momentum and are urging businesses and research partners to apply for funding in this round so we can keep up the great work. 

“This is our Future Made in Australia plan in action, connecting the lab to the factory floor so we make more things here using world-leading Aussie know-how. 

“From saving lives with new medical products, building better batteries or making more efficient use of our finite resources, these grants bring our best ideas to bear on real-world problems, creating jobs and new industries in the process.”