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Government of South Australia - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

    CRC Assistance Program Guidelines – Round 25

    Background and Objectives

    The Department for Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) is focused on developing a high performing research and innovation system that supports the growth of innovative and competitive businesses and industries.

    The South Australian Research and Innovation Fund (RIF), managed by DIIS, supports collaboration between businesses, researchers, and universities to:

    • solve industrial problems,
    • commercialise new products and services,
    • attract investment into research and research infrastructure in the state, and
    • encourage the establishment and growth of startups.

    This supports the vision outlined in the South Australian Economic Statement, which is for the state to be known as ambitious and capable, embracing technology, and driving innovation through targeted industry and research collaborations.

    The South Australian CRC Assistance Program is a RIF Stream 1 funded Program. Stream 1 funds programs that create innovative solutions or translate research into industry or commercial outcomes that address economy-wide challenges for South Australia.

    The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

    The Australian Government’s CRC Program supports research, industry, and the community to solve industry-identified problems in long-term industry-led collaborative research, for up to 10 years.

    CRCs must:

    • be a medium to long-term industry-led collaborative research program;
    • aim to solve industry identified problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity, and sustainability of Australian industries;
    • include an industry-focused education and training program, including a PhD program that builds capability and capacity;
    • increase research and development (R&D) capacity in small to medium enterprises (SMEs); and
    • encourage industry take up of research.

    The South Australian CRC Assistance Program

    The South Australian CRC Assistance Program aims to support the participation of a South Australian Government agency in the CRC.

    The program may invest in a CRC for three years as follows:

    • up to $100,000 per annum for up to 3 years for a CRC node located in South Australia;
    • up to $200,000 per annum for up to 3 years for a CRC headquarter located in South Australia.

    Please note this investment is available to applications being made through the CRC Program Rounds and not the national CRC Project (CRC-P) Rounds.

    The support through this Call for Proposals will be conditional on:

    • an award of funding from the Commonwealth Government under Round 25 of the Commonwealth CRC Program;
    • key elements of the final, successful CRC remaining consistent with the information provided in the original South Australian CRC Assistance Program application;
    • participation in the South Australian CRC Assistance Program Stage 2 mock interview process; and
    • any other conditions related to the CRC’s partnerships with the South Australian Government.

    Investments are also subject to the provision of a satisfactory annual performance report and delivery of an annual presentation to the Department on activities and outcomes of the CRC.


    Proposals for the South Australian CRC Assistance Program require the CRC bid to have:

    Assessment Criteria

    Applicants must submit an application through the online form via and a copy of the draft version of their CRC Application as an attachment (understanding that this will be a work in progress at the time of submission for this purpose), the CRC Bid Prospectus, and a one-page summary of the CRC application.

    The following will be the online form questions/sections:

    Submission, Assessment and Selection Process

    The submission, assessment and selection process will be managed by the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science. Proposals will be assessed competitively on merit against the eligibility and assessment criteria set out above and in accordance with the RIF Investment Principles. The process will involve three phases:

    Key Contact

    Dr Charlotte Scobie

    Senior Program Officer, Department for Industry, Innovation and Science

    Department for Industry, Innovation and Science