About the RAM CRC

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program has been part of the Australian Government Research and Innovation agenda for 30 years and is a proven model for supporting medium to long term industry-led collaborations between industry, research organisations and the community.

The program will support manufacturers wishing to undertake activities relating to the six National Manufacturing Priorities: Medical Products, Food and Beverage, Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing, Recycling and Clean Energy, Defence, and Space.

The RAM CRC will bring together people, industry, technology and ideas to collectively solve important industry problems, support product and process innovation, economic development, and jobs growth in the regions.


A unique feature of the RAM CRC will be its ability to flexibly support regional manufacturers of all sizes, from start-ups, SMEs through to well established and mature public and private manufacturing enterprises.

Sectors such as agriculture, food and beverage, mining and resources, energy, health and social services, transport and supply chain logistics will all benefit from the research activities in a RAM CRC.

The RAM CRC will have the ability and capacity to co-fund strategic manufacturing research and development (R&D) programs and projects between industry, research and community partners to:

1. Enable an inclusive nation-wide system of sovereign manufacturing through the creation of new and diverse economies of materials, products, waste and energy
2. Build manufacturing supply chain resilience and strengthen sovereign capabilities to enable manufacturers to be agile and adapt to disruption and global economic shocks
3. Create new technologies, products, processes and services to help manufacturers improve scalability, competitiveness, productivity and sustainability
4. Encourage small and medium enterprises to invest in innovation and transformative technologies to increase their export capability and drive new opportunities in high growth markets
5. Provide access to research skills, world-class facilities and commercialisation support to help manufacturers grow and maintain a competitive advantage
6. Deliver education and training to the existing and next generation workforce to ensure we have a highly skilled, productive and future ready workforce