About CRCs

Funding for the HEARing CRC has been made available through the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program. The CRC program is an Australian Government Initiative which supports end-user driven research collaborations to address the major challenges facing Australia. Australia’s network of CRCs operates across all sectors of
Australia’s economy and society.

Further information about the CRC program is available from www.crc.gov.au.

The Program was established by Commonwealth in 1990 to improve the effectiveness of Australia’s research and development activity. The close interaction between researchers and the users of research is fundamental to the approach, driving relevant research and rapid commercialisation and utilisation of findings.

Since the commencement of the program, participants have committed more than $12.3 billion (cash and in-kind) to CRCs. This includes $3 billion from the Australian Government, $3.1 billion from universities, $2.5 billion from industry and almost $1.2 billion from CSIRO.


There are currently about 50 CRCs operating across six sectors:CRC Program logo - An Australian Government Initiative

  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Mining and Energy
  • Agriculture and Rural-Based Manufacturing
  • Environment; and
  • Medical Science and Technology