The Federal government has opened up Round 11 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants program, whereby between $100,000 and $3 million is available to those parties that meet the criteria.
Unlike Round 10, which was specifically aimed at projects in the waste and recycling sector, the new initiative is open to all comers. This is additional monies to the regular round and is being funded through Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee’s portfolio as part of the government’s Decentralisation agenda.
This round will also provide funds for two Regional CRC-Ps to boost research and development projects in regional areas.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said making science and technology work for industry was central to the Government’s economic recovery plan.
“We are backing Aussie businesses and our world-class research institutions to work together, because when they do they unlock innovation that is critical to creating jobs – both now and for generations to come,” Minister Andrews said.
The rules around receiving funding are strict, with those wanting to apply must have at least two Australian industry partners, including one small- or medium-sized business, and one Australian research organisation partner.
Regional CRC-Ps must be based in regional Australia, with at least one Australian industry partner relocating from a capital city for the duration of the project.