Federal Government announces $10 million in grants for smart recycling solutions

The Federal Government recently announced funding designed to transform Australia’s waste recycling industry, improve the environment, grow the economy, and create new jobs. Applications must be submitted by Thursday 1 October 2020 at 5:00pm (AEST).

Under Round 10 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants program, $10 million will be made available for projects that provide innovative solutions for the recycling and reuse of plastics, paper, glass and tyres.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said this funding builds on the $20 million the Government invested in Round 8 to find smart solutions to managing Australia’s waste crisis.

Recycling our waste is more than an environmental imperative, it presents an opportunity for us to grow the economy and create new jobs,” said Minister Andrews.

This funding will help advance – and more importantly commercialise – new waste processing technologies.”

By bringing industry together with researchers we can develop solutions to environmental problems while creating products and processes that can be used here at home and potentially be exported to the world,” said Minister Andrews.

Successful applicants will receive matched funding of between $100,000 and $3 million. Grants are for up to three years.

About the Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants Program

The CRC-P grant program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. The program is a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development that leads to commercialisation.

The aim of the CRC program is to:

  • Improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and is in line with Government priorities.
  • Foster high-quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations.
  • Encourage and facilitate small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.


To be eligible for funding under Round 10 of the CRC-P, your project must focus on addressing gaps in Australia’s waste and recycling capability, particularly in regard to plastics, paper, glass and tyres.

As a lead applicant, you must have an ABN and your project partners must include two Australian industry organisations (including at least one SME), and one Australian research organisation.

How to Apply

To apply for funding in CRC-P Round 10, you will need to submit an application through the Department of Business online portal.

Before you start your application, be sure to read the grant opportunity guidelines.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday 1 October 2020 at 5:00pm (AEST).

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