Cooperative Research Centres

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) are a significant part of the national innovation system, facilitating medium to long term collaborations between research organisations, government and industry in discrete discipline areas that aim to translate research into practice and products.

Established in 1990, the program has helped address community and industry challenges, commercialised research, delivered significant social and economic benefits and generated skilled graduates with industry experience. Following completion of government funding, some Centres transition to successful independent entities addressing new challenges or opportunities. In late 2014, the Australian Government announced a review of the CRC program.

The NSW Government has supported a range of NSW Cooperative Research Centre bids, most recently through the Research Acceleration & Attraction Program, and NSW Government agencies are themselves participants in a range of centres.

CRCs in NSW have operated in fields of human health, primary industries, mining, manufacturing, environment and services, including capital markets, smart services, asthma, hearing, vision, environmental biotechnology, bushfires, energy pipelines, the poultry industry, mental health and spatial information.

Below is a list of current CRCs with NSW universities, government agencies and medical research institutes as an essential participant (persons or bodies who provide essential support (including essential cash or in-kind contributions) for the activities of the CRC. Source: CRC Program Guidelines

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork logo

CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork  

NSW-based partners: The University of Sydney (essential participant), Charles Sturt University, University of Wollongong, NSW Trade & Investment.

A key challenge faced by the Australian pork industry is the need to maintain local production of high quality food for a reasonable price and return on production capital invested, without negatively impacting pig welfare, the environment or the health of the consumer. Through innovative, collaborative, whole value chain research, development and education programs within the CRC, the Australian pork industry will meet this challenge. (source: )

CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation logo

CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation

NSW-based partners: University of New England (essential participant), NSW Department of Primary Industries 

One of the major challenges of the Sheep CRC is to continue the technological transformation of the Australian sheep industry through: enhanced sheep wellbeing and productivity; quality based sheepmeat value chains; and faster affordable genetic gain. (source: )

Invasive Animals CRC logo

Invasive Animals CRC 

NSW-based partners: NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Local Land Services, University of NewcastleUniversity of New England

The Invasive Animals CRC is critical in efforts to combat the threat of invasive animals by developing new technologies and integrated strategies that are more humane, target specific and effective to reduce the impact of invasive animals on Australia's economy, environment, and people. (source: )

Plant Biosecurity CRC logo

Plant Biosecurity CRC 

NSW-based partners: NSW Department of Primary Industries 

The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) was established in recognition of the need to strengthen the plant biosecurity scientific capacity of Australia. Its mission is to develop and deploy scientific knowledge, tools, resources and capacity to safeguard Australia, its plant industries and regional communities from the economic, environmental and social consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases. (source: )

Poultry CRC logo

Poultry CRC

NSW-based partners: University of New England (essential participant), UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney

The Poultry CRC's major challenge is to help Australia achieve sustainable, ethical poultry production in the face of population growth and climate change. The Poultry CRC conducts research and drives education and training to help Australia's poultry industries produce more from less, sustainably. (source: )


Automotive Australia 2020 CRC logo

Automotive Australia 2020 CRC

NSW-based partners: University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong 

AutoCRC was originally established in 2005 as part of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program to develop new technologies in the Australian automotive industry. Its research activities focus on three key aspects: Vehicle Electrification, Gaseous Fuels and Sustainable Automotive Manufacturing. (source: )

CRC for Advanced Composite Structures logo

CRC for Advanced Composite Structures

NSW-based partners: UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney

CRC-ACS is a company funded by industry partners and Australian Government subsidy under the Co-operative Research Centre program whose purpose was to pursue common outcomes for the advancement of composites technology in Australia and around the world. Over the 22 year history of the CRC-ACS has been recognised world wide as Australia's foremost research and development centre in advanced composites, awarded for its success in technology development and implementation across market sectors ranging from aerospace to oil and gas. (source: )

CRC for Polymers logo 

CRC for Polymers 

NSW-based partners: University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong, University of New England, UNSW AustraliaNSW Department of Primary Industries

For over 20 years, the CRC for Polymers has been developing advanced polymer materials which have been used in a range of industrial applications, addressing challenges and growing market opportunities for innovative companies. Its partners are drawn from Australian research organisations and universities, together with manufacturing companies, end users and government research organisations. (source: ) 


Innovative Manufacturing CRC

NSW-based partners: UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, and University of Wollongong

IMCRC integrates technological and business innovation to significantly improve Australia's manufacturing competitiveness, with a high degree of interdependency and interaction between and across all programs and projects. IMCRC's objective is to help accelerate diversification of Australian manufacturing into 'new manufacturing' opportunities and value chains. As a small high cost economy, Australia can no longer be competitive where the basis of competition is scale and unit cost. (source: )


Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC logo

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

NSW-based partners: Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, University of New England, UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service

The $130 million Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre draws together all of Australia and New Zealand's fire and emergency service authorities with the leading experts across a range of scientific fields to explore the causes, consequences and mitigation of natural disasters. (source: )

Capital Markets CRC logo

Capital Markets CRC

NSW-based partners: Macquarie University, UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney, The University of Technology Sydney, Southern Cross University, NSW Trade & Investment 

The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) brings together the best in innovative research and technology with the objective of making a profound difference to the health and capital market domains. (source: )

CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity logo

CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity 

NSW-based partners: The University of Sydney, The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

The mission of the Alertness CRC is to promote the prevention and control of sleep loss, impaired alertness and sleep disorders by developing new tools and products that will improve alertness for individuals and across organisations. The Alertness CRC is seeking to establish 'research translation partnerships' with industry collaborators to facilitate the development of research projects customised to each workplace that will deliver tangible safety and productivity improvements. (source: )

CRC for Cancer Therapeutics logo

CRC for Cancer Therapeutics

NSW-based partners: Children's Cancer Institute Australia 

Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) is in the business of finding cures for cancer. It was founded in 2007 and received an initial seven years of funding from the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program. It is a collaborative partnership of leading Research Institutes, Universities and biotechnology companies that translates Australia's innovative research discoveries into new cancer drugs ready for clinical development. (source: )

CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing  logo

CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing 

NSW-based partners: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, The University of Sydney

The CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing, through CTM@CRC Ltd., will facilitate the cost-effective manufacture and rapid translation of cell therapies into clinical practice. With a total of $59M in cash and in-kind resources, including a $20M grant from the Australian Government, the CRC will provide new treatments and develop new materials-based manufacturing technologies for the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, chronic wounds, cardiovascular disease, and immune-mediated diseases such as graft versus host disease. (source: )

CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment logo

CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment

NSW-based partners: Southern Cross University, The University of Technology Sydney, University of Western Sydney

CRC CARE is an independent organisation that performs research, develops technologies and provides policy guidance for assessing, cleaning up and preventing contamination of soil, water and air. Our innovative research is divided into four complementary programs: best practice policy; better measurement; minimising uncertainty in risk assessment; and cleaning up. (source: ) 

CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies logo

CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies

NSW-based partners: UNSW AustraliaNSW Trade and Investment

CO2CRC Limited is one of the world's leading collaborative research organisations focused on carbon dioxide capture and geological sequestration (geosequestration, carbon dioxide capture and storage, carbon capture and storage, or CCS). CO2CRC is a joint venture comprising participants from Australian and global industry, universities and other research bodies from Australia and New Zealand, and Australian Commonwealth, State and international government agencies. (source: )

CRC for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders logo

CRC for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders

NSW-based partners: UNSW Australia (essential participant), The University of Sydney, The Sydney Children's Hospital Network 

The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC) is the world's first national, cooperative research effort focused on autism. The Autism CRC is taking a "whole-of-life" approach to autism focusing on diagnosis, education and adult life. (source: )

CRC for Low Carbon Living logo

CRC for Low Carbon Living (UNSW)

NSW-based partners: UNSW Australia, Sydney Water

The CRC for Low Carbon Living brings together property development, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers. This collaborative effort between our partner organisations underpins the development of low carbon technologies, materials, design and planning innovations for now and the future. (source: )

CRC for Remote Economic Participation logo

CRC for Remote Economic Participation 

NSW-based partners: Southern Cross University, University of New England

The Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) is focused on delivering solutions to the economic challenges that affect remote Australia. Through its research, the CRC provides practical responses to the complex issues that can restrict full economic participation. (source: )

CRC for Spatial Information logo

CRC for Spatial Information

NSW-based partners: NSW Land and Property Information (core partner), University of New England (core partner), UNSW Australia (support partner) 

The CRC for Spatial Information conducts user-driven research in spatial information that address issues of national importance. It also performs commissioned research projects for key clients. (source: )

Data to Decisions CRC logo

Data to Decisions CRC 

NSW-based partners: UNSW Australia

Established with a grant of $25 million in July 2014, the Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) is part of the Cooperative Research Centre's Program where, with funding from the Australian Government, researchers and industry are brought together to be a leading provider of Big Data capability resulting in a safer and more secure nation and a sustainable Big Data workforce for Australia. (source: )

Energy Pipelines CRC logo

Energy Pipelines CRC

NSW-based partners: University of Wollongong

The Energy Pipelines CRC was established in early 2010 for the purposes of providing research and education to support and benefit the energy pipelines industry in Australia. It is a user led CRC with its industry participants represented by the Australian Pipeline Industry Association Research and Standards Committee (APIA-RSC). (source: )

The HEARing CRC logo


NSW-based partners: Macquarie University (core member), University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong

The HEARing CRC is a multidisciplinary collaboration of five Core Members and 17 Support Members, each of which contributes specific expertise and infrastructure to our research, commericalisation and education programs. The HEARing CRC was awarded a $28 million five‐year extension from July 2014. Four research programs are now being undertaken during the extension period along with a fifth commercialisation program that includes clinical trials and research development. (source: )

The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC logo

The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC

NSW-based partners: UNSW Australia, The George Institute for Global Health

The Lowitja Institute is Australia's national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Its vision is to achieve equity in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At every stage of its research, Aboriginal organisations, health services, academic institutions and government agencies work together with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to decide priorities, conduct the research and put the findings into practice. (source: )


Water Sensitive Cities CRC

NSW-based partners: NSW Department of Planning and the EnvironmentMetropolitan Water DirectorateGreater Sydney Local Land Services, Blacktown City Council, City of Newcastle, City of Sydney, Fairfield City Council, Gilgandra Shire Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Ku-Ring-Gai Council, Marrickville Council, Warringah Council.

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities brings together the inter-disciplinary research expertise and thought-leadership to undertake research that will revolutionise water management in Australia and overseas. In collaboration with over 80 research, industry and government partners, we deliver the socio-technical urban water management solutions, education and training programs, and industry engagement required to make towns and cities water sensitive. (source: 

Wound Management Innovation CRC logo

Wound Management Innovation CRC 

NSW-based partners: Southern Cross University

The Wound Management Innovation CRC has brought together the best of industry, academia and End-User organisations to alleviate the suffering of people with chronic wounds; improve wound prevention; deliver clinical resources of national importance; develop next generation wound management products; address near-term high-impact research questions; educate researchers and healthcare providers; reduce the cost of healthcare to people with wounds; implement evidence-based best practice; build an Internationally-recognised consortium of wound researchers; and create a new generation of wound researchers, educators and trainers. (source: )

Young and Well CRC logo

Young and Well CRC

NSW-based partners: Black Dog Institute (essential partner), The University of Sydney (essential partner), University of Western Sydney (essential partner), The NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health - The Children's Hospital at Westmead (supporting partner), University of Newcastle (supporting partner),  

The Young and Well CRC is an Australia-based, international research centre that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and policy makers from over 75 partner organisations across the non-profit, academic, government and corporate sectors. The purpose of the Young and Well CRC is to explore the role of technology in young people's lives, and to determine how those technologies can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those aged 12 to 25. (source: )