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CSIRO's involvement in the CRC Program

CSIRO is the largest single participant in the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program which is helping advance the commercialisation and utilisation of Australian research and development.

  • 29 March 2011 | Updated 16 February 2013

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CSIRO and the CRC program

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The Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program was established in 1990 to improve the effectiveness of Australia's research and development.

What CRCs do

CRCs foster long-term, collaborative arrangements between researchers from universities, CSIRO and other government laboratories, and private industry or public-sector agencies. 

CSIRO is involved in 20 of the current CRCs, contributing research skills and access to specialist scientific equipment.

These collaborations help to resolve national challenges and transfer knowledge and technology between government agencies and private industry to utilise scientific findings.

Another feature of the CRC Program is the development of industry-ready graduates.

How CRCs work

The Australian Government holds competitive funding selection rounds for the CRCs every 12 months. Interested organisations submit proposals to fund new or on-going CRCs. Participants in CRCs commit funds and in-kind resources when their proposal is selected.

CRCs operate in six sectors:

  • environment
  • agriculture
  • information and communications technology
  • mining
  • medical science
  • technology and manufacturing.

Our contribution to CRCs

CSIRO is involved in 20 of the current CRCs, contributing research skills and access to specialist scientific information.

CRCs are a valuable vehicle for building stronger partnerships between researchers and industry and the 'Team Australia' approach, so vital for the delivery of key national objectives,

CSIRO is working actively to ensure that Flagships and CRCs involving CSIRO are strategically aligned and complementary for the benefit of the nation.

Read more about CSIRO's work with Partnerships & Collaboration.