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The Cooperative Research Centres Association is a not-for-profit organisation operating to promote the pursuit of science, particularly through the Australian Government’s CRC Programme.

You don’t have to be a CRC to join.  Find out more about our types of membership and benefits of joining the association.

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  • Tony Peacock, CRCA CEO
    Building the vision for a new industry

    many CRCs have to be able to paint the vision of growth for their industry. There's a certain skill to doing that for MPs, Senators and Advisers in a busy Parliamentary week. For Sherry Kothari, the CEO of the Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC (CTM CRC), there were two added degrees of difficulty: she was describing a vision for an industry that doesn't yet exist in Australia and last week in the Australian Parliament was, well, more like crazy than just busy.

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  • Bidders looking to the future

    The 19th selection round for Cooperative Research Centres is not yet at the shortlisting stage. But that is not stopping consortia from looking to the 20th selection round due in 2018 to look at some of the biggest issues facing the future of Australia.

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  • Health bids dominate 19th Round

    Five health-related CRC bids, three in food and agriculture, two in energy and one mining make up the 19th funding round of the Cooperative Research Centres Programme. AusIndustry is yet to make any announcements on the nature of the round, so discussion here is based on the CRC Association's inquiries.

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CRC Association – bringing knowledge together

  • 2017-2018 Pre-budget Submission

    The CRC Association submits that the total resources to the CRC Programme should be lifted to $200 million in the 2017-2018 Budget (from the current $160 million) and maintained in real terms over the forward estimates. The total cost over the next three years is $108 million. This would partially restore the CRC Programme budget and enable the programme to continue to deliver for Australia.

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Study with CRCs

If you are thinking about postgraduate study, you’ll also be thinking about postgraduate work.

A third of PhD-trained researchers in Australia work in industry but this proportion is set to boom during your career (in the US it’s more like two-thirds).

So if you are thinking about further study, give some thought to where you’ll end up working and consider training through a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). CRCs give you industry experience and the chance to work on the major challenges facing Australia.

Find out more about current scholarship/study opportunities at CRCs