Regional Research Collaboration Program

The Regional Research Collaboration (RRC) Program supports research collaboration in our regions.

As part of the Job-ready Graduates package, we have committed $66.8 million over 5 years to the Regional Research Collaboration (RRC) Program.

The RRC Program will:

  • fund research collaboration between regional universities, industry and other higher education providers
  • help address the challenges associated with undertaking research in regional institutions
  • improve support for regional areas by strengthening rural research capacity
  • create more opportunities for Australians in regional areas to pursue post-graduate qualifications
  • open more opportunities to develop local industry
  • help regional institutions develop their research strengths, particularly through skills development.


Program guidelines

Read the RRC Program Guidelines for:

  • eligibility criteria
  • program objectives and outcomes
  • application process and criteria
  • selection process.
program guidelines

Apply for the program

Applications for Round Two of the RRC Program will be open from
22 February until 5 pm AEDT on 22 March 2022.

We invite eligible universities to apply using the Application Form. Please email the completed form to

We expect approved projects to commence from the second half of 2022. Further rounds will open in subsequent years.

If you have any questions, please email

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Six successful projects awarded Round One funding

On 7 September 2021, the former Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Education and Youth, and former Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education, jointly announced the six successful projects that will receive round one funding through the Regional Research Collaboration (RRC) Program.

The successful recipients were:

  1. Federation University Australia – Research Centre for New Energy Transition
  2. Central Queensland University – Development of Hydrogen Applications for Regional Industries
  3. University of Tasmania– Boosting research capability to develop value-added products for the food and wood industries in regional areas
  4. Charles Darwin University – Research Institute for Northern Agriculture and Drought Resilience
  5. University of New England – The Regional Australia Mental Health Research and Training Institute (RAMHeaRT)
  6. Charles Sturt University – Next Generation Water Engineering and River Management Hub

Round two of the RRC Program is expected to be held in the first half of 2022. The department will notify eligible universities of future application rounds prior to opening.

If you have any questions, please email

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