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Applying for Funding

CRDC’s annual procurement round is the key opportunity for researchers and research organisations to apply for funding for research into CRDC’s priority areas.

The procurement round begins with a strategic review of each of the goals under the CRDC 2018-23 Strategic RD&E Plan (through discipline and research priority forums involving CRDC, Cotton Australia, the research advisory panels, CottonInfo and researchers) in May-June to identify the research needs and gaps.

Following this review, CRDC then releases guidelines through an Expression of Interest (EOI) call inviting researchers to submit Full Research Proposals. The EOI guidelines:

  • Identify the issue to be addressed
  • Provide a brief overview of the project (the idea here is not to be prescriptive, but to allow the researcher to bring their ideas to the project and enable innovation)
  • Define the outcomes to be achieved
  • State any outputs to be delivered
  • Outline selection criteria to be met for the successful awarding of the project.


The EOI guidelines may also provide guidance as to how much CRDC is prepared to invest in a particular area to achieve that outcome.

Once the EOI guidelines are prepared (June-July 2018), researchers will be asked to develop a Full Research Proposal (August 2018) to address the guidelines. These proposals will then be evaluated by the Cotton Australia panels and CRDC’s R&D Managers, and recommendations made to the CRDC Board.

The CRDC Board will determine the successful projects, and preliminary advice will be provided to researchers in early 2019 (with final advice given once budgetary approvals have been received from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in May 2019).

How to apply

To apply for CRDC research funding, researchers must follow the application process below:

  • Step 1: Download the Expression of Interest Guidelines the Full Research Proposal (word document and excel budget sheet) and Clarity Access Form.
  • Step 2: When you are ready to submit your application, email your completed Clarity access form to research@crdc.com.au.
  • Step 3: The CRDC research team will then send you instructions on how to access and use Clarity.
  • Step 4: In accordance with the requirements of your organisation, enter your FRP into Clarity. Ensure you have allowed sufficient time for your administrator to review your FRP.
  • Step 5: Administrators, on behalf of your organisation please check that the FRP and Clarity details are the same, and finalise for submission to CRDC as per the Clarity instructions.

The current round

Applications for EOIs under the 2019-20 procurement round are now closed. Applications for the 2020-21 procurement round will open in August 2019. 

Key dates: 2019-20 round

  • May-June 2018 - CRDC hosts discipline forums/research priority forums
  • June-July 2018 - CRDC prepares EOI guidelines
  • 28 August 2018 - CRDC releases EOI guidelines and calls for Full Research Proposals (FRPs)
  • 12 October 2018 - Deadline for FRPs to be submitted to CRDC
  • October 2018 - CRDC R&D team reviews FRPs
  • November-December 2018 - Cotton Australia panels review FRPs
  • January 2019 - Recommendations made to CRDC Board
  • February 2019 - CRDC Board decision
  • March 2019 - Preliminary advice given to applicant
  • May 2019 - Approval of Parliamentary Budget Statement by Minister
  • May-June 2019 - Final advice to applicant; contracts sent
  • 1 July 2019 - Commencement of research contract and funding support (contract will outline deadlines for progress reports and final reports)

Important information before you apply

All funding proposals received by CRDC must align with one or more of the CRDC’s priority research areas, outlined in detail in the CRDC Strategic RD&E Plan 2018-23.

Researchers interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to read the CRDC’s Researchers' Handbook. Updated annually, the Handbook is a key resource for researchers and outlines key information including dates, the application process, funding available, the payment, evaluation and reporting processes, contract obligations and the CRDC’s intellectual property policy. The handbook summarises key components of the CRDC Deed, which is the formal agreement that is entered into by each researcher/organisation in working with CRDC.