The Donald Simpson Centre has partnered with five Australian universities and industry partners to bid for Australian government funding under the CRC program to study the implications of increased longevity in the community.

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program is an Australian Government initiative that aims to foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems, through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships. The program offers grant funds to support medium to long term collaborative research of up to 10 years.

Essential Activities

As a minimum, CRCs must undertake all of the following activities:

  • medium to long term industry-led high quality collaborative research to solve industry identified problems and deliver outcomes consistent with Government Priorities, improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries;
  • an industry-focused education and training program. This must include, but is not limited to, a PhD program that complements the research program and that increases engagement, technology development, skilled employees and R&D capacity within Industry Entities;
  • implementation of strategies that build the R&D capacity within SMEs; and deployment of research outputs and encouragement of take-up by industry.”

  The bid is being prepared and will be submitted in the next round and considered during 2021.

For further information visit the CRC website at