Cooperative research centres

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program is a federal government initiative that provides major funding to support Centres that deliver research ventures between end-users and researchers, which tackle clearly-articulated, major challenges for the end-users.

Funded CRCs are incorporated or unincorporated organisations, supported by a major government grant and the cash/in-kind contributions of CRC partner organisations - including large consortia of universities, industry, community groups and government. CRCs generally run for between 5 to 10 years. To receive government funding and form a CRC there is an annual competitive granting process.

When in operation, a CRC executive and administrative group are instituted. They are responsible for advertising the branding of the CRC, supporting CRC activities and events, and, primarily, administering the delivery of CRC research projects. CRC projects are discrete research projects completed by partner organisations (a mix of industry, community, and research groups) which are funded through matched grant funding and partner contributions. Securing research project funding from a CRC of which Swinburne is a partner is typically through an annual or bi-annual non-competitive EOI process.

CRCs are not to be confused with Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-Ps), which is a different research funding scheme. 

Current Swinburne CRCs

Swinburne is a partner in several established CRCs, through which funding may be accessed for projects aligned with CRC research themes. Information about current CRCs can be found below.

Swinburne researchers can submit proposals for research projects to be funded existing CRCs. For more information on proposal submission or how to get involved with Swinburne activity in current CRCs, please get in contact with the relevant Business Development manager. *

*Please note that in costing a CRC Project EOI that the Faculty Infrastructure Levy does not apply

Digital Health CRC

The Digital Health CRC seeks to conduct research into digital health and related industries, combining individual and collective expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies. This CRC is in operation until 2025.

Swinburne expertise is aligned with the research theme of improving value, quality and safety through intelligent decision support, through academic leads Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe.


Fight Food Waste CRC

The Fight Food Waste CRC aims to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of the Australian food industry. This CRC is in operation until 2028.

Swinburne strength is across all three themes of the CRC (Reduce, Transform, and Engage), coordinated by Swinburne academic lead Professor Enzo Palombo.


Future Energy Exports CRC

Future Energy Exports CRC (FEnEx CRC) aims to help sustain Australia’s position as a leading Liquefied Natural Gas exporter, and enable it to become the leading global Hydrogen exporter. This CRC is in operation until 2030.

Swinburne’s focus in this CRC is on Hydrogen Industry 4.0, with Swinburne academic lead Associate Professor Mahnaz Shafiei.


iMove CRC

iMove CRC undertakes applied research in the transportation and mobility sector. This CRC is in operation until 2027.

Swinburne academic lead Professor Hussein Dia leads our expertise under this CRC in intelligent systems, end-to-end systems, and personal mobility.


Innovative Manufacturing CRC

Innovative Manufacturing CRC(IMCRC) helps Australian companies increase their global relevance through research-led innovation in manufacturing products, processes and services. This CRC is in operation until 2021.

Swinburne has broad capability across all themes of this CRC. Our role is coordinated by the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute.


SmartSat CRC

SmartSat CRC (Smart Satellite) seeks to develop know-how and technologies in advanced telecommunications and IoT connectivity, intelligent satellite systems and Earth observation next generation data services. This CRC is in operation until 2026.

The Swinburne academic lead for this CRC is Professor Alan Duffy, with a focus on observation analytics.


SmartCrete CRC

SmartCrete CRC undertakes research into the long-term viability of vital concrete infrastructure in Australia. This CRC is in operation until 2027.

Swinburne’s capability in this CRC focuses on engineering solutions, led by Swinburne academic lead Professor Jay Sanjayan.