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  • Funding for short-term, industry-led research collaborations
  • Round 11 will be open to all industry sectors however will have a focus on supporting projects that align with the National Manufacturing Priorities
  • Government priorities are Science and Research Priorities, the National Manufacturing Priorities, the Industry Knowledge Priorities – refer appendix E of guidelines


Outline and eligible activities

This grant supports short-term (up to 3 years), industry-led research collaborations with at least:

  • 2 Australian industry organisations, including at least 1 small to medium-sized enterprise
  • 1 Australian research organisation.

Projects must:

  • have at least $200,000 in total eligible project value
  • be a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver real outcomes
  • (for Regional CRC-P applications) be tailored to supporting long-term jobs, innovation and investment in regional Australia
  • (for Regional CRC-P applications) exclude minerals extraction and traditional energy production sectors
  • benefit small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
  • include education and training activities
  • include eligible activities (below).

Grant funding can only be used to cover costs directly related to your project. Eligible activities must include at least one of the following:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training activities such as internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations
  • conferences, workshops, symposia related to the joint research
  • information sharing and communications related to the research


Important dates

  • Closing date: 25 March 2021 at 5:00 PM AEDT
  • Outcome expected: June 2021
  • Funding from: 1 July 2021


Level of support

  • Matched funding of between $100,000 and $3 million
  • Grants are for up to 3 years


Eligible small business applicants

To be eligible as a lead applicant you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation

Your trading activities must be either:

  • enough to be called a trading corporation
  • a major, not minor, part of your overall activity

Project partners must include:

  • 2 Australian industry organisations, including at least 1 SME
  • 1 Australian research organisation

Additional eligibility criteria for Regional CRC-P applications. Regional CRC-P applications must:

  • certify that the project will be based in a regional area
  • at least one Australian industry entity project partner will relocate from a capital city or the Australian Capital Territory for the duration of the project

You are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant if you are:

  • an individual, partnership or trust
  • a research organisation or an entity whose primary purpose is to undertake research
  • a Commonwealth, state, territory or local government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • an entity where most of your funding is from government sources, for example grant programs
  • an administrative or support service to a CRC-P


How to apply

You should download and read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement. Applications will be accepted via the online portal


Getting help

Dowling Consultancy welcomes enquiries from small businesses requiring professional grant application and submission guidance to enhance their chances of success. We have assisted numerous businesses with grant applications since 2013 and achieved approximately $10 million in awarded government grants for numerous projects

Contact Steve Dowling on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation eligibility assessment discussion

Dowling Consultancy’s team can assist in project scoping, writing comprehensive and congruent applications, and liaising with program managers to maximise your chance of funding success


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