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 CRCs transition to successful independent entities addressing new challenges or opportunities. These can be viewed below.
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.
Details of recent funding rounds for CRCs in NSW can be viewed here.
Information on CRCs which have transitioned into different entities can be viewed here.
Information on legacy CRCs can be viewed here.
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
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: http://www.imcrc.org/about.html
NSW-based partners: Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, University of New England, UNSW Australia, The University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and 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: http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/about
NSW-based partners: Southern Cross University, The University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University
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: http://www.crccare.com/about
NSW-based partners: UNSW Sydney, NSW 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: http://www.co2crc.com.au/about/
NSW-based partners: NSW Department of Planning and the Environment, Metropolitan Water Directorate, Greater 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: http://watersensitivecities.org.au/about-the-crc/
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: http://www.alertnesscrc.com/
NSW-based partner: 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: https://www.cancercrc.com/about-us
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: http://www.autismcrc.com.au/about-us
NSW-based partners: Macquarie University (core member), Western Sydney University, 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: http://www.hearingcrc.org/about
NSW-based partners: The University of Technology Sydney, The University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, Macquarie University, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Western Sydney University, Federation University Australia
Digitial Health CRC is developing a unique, multidisciplinary, collaborative taskforce of research, clinical, industry, government and educational organisations to focus research and development on combining individual and collective expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies. Digital Health CRC is also building a world-leading research and innovation centre, with all work designed to address identified industry issues. Over 80 organisations, including health funds, larger and small health and technology providers, and 16 universities, have joined this Australia-wide R&D consortium. Source: https://www.digitalhealthcrc.com/about-us/
NSW-based partners: The University of Technology Sydney, Charles Sturt University, University of New England, NSW Department of Primary Industries
Food Agility CRC is a $150million+ innovation hub that is creating new digital technologies and services to benefit the Australian agrifood industry. Partners include agrifood businesses, technology companies, research institutions and government organisations. Source: https://www.foodagility.com/about#who-are-we
NSW-based partner: University of Newcastle
The Soil CRC (CRC for High Performance Soils) was established in 2017 to give farmers the knowledge and tools they need to make decisions on extremely complex soil management issues. Bridging a gap between soil scientists and farmers, this will ensure that soil performance is increased not just in the short term, but in the long term. Source: https://soilcrc.com.au/about/
NSW based partner: University of Wollongong
Established in 2018, the Future Fuels CRC supports Australia’s multi-billion dollar energy sector to transition to low-carbon fuels. These fuels will be delivered through both new and re-purposed infrastructure to meet the needs of the whole energy market – electricity, transport, agriculture, mining, building, industrial and residential sectors. Source: https://www.futurefuelscrc.com/about-us