Project Pilbara is a applied research organisation that delivers transformative technology solutions to the people, communities, and businesses of the Pilbara. With a focus on diversification of the economy, affordable living, clean energy and education, Project Pilbara is about shaping a sustainable future for one of Australia’s premier regions. Project Pilbara’s core program revolves around creating a large-scale Living Lab for the development of technology opportunities and commercialisation through Australia’s various Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) and research institutes. Project Pilbara will focus on nine key deliverables around diversification of the economy and building business in the Pilbara:

•  Developing domestic and strong potential global export opportunities

•  Developing a Critical scale of companies

•  Creating a Technological advantage

•  Fostering Innovation and R&D

•  Commercialisation of Technology Opportunities

•  Developing Skills and Capabilities

•  Collaboration across sectors

•  The pursuit of favourable regulation and policies

•  Supporting Key Infrastructure



The key tools for supporting these deliverables will also include developing a Pilbara Technology Cluster, an Interactive Ecosystem for commercialisation and an Online Accelerator for transforming Research into Commercial products.

Project Pilbara will provide information and opportunities that encompass the needs of the community, suppliers, service providers, indigenous groups, and educational establishments. Project Pilbara’s vision is to create a global centre of research that will provide an accelerated knowledge transfer opportunity for local businesses, schools, and universities. This human capital and social infrastructure will in turn create a highly integrated ecosystem and will provide the foundations for a vibrant future in the Pilbara.


Powering the Community 

By embracing the Living Labs, the initial impacts will be:

  • An increase in employment opportunities for local and indigenous residents, suppliers and organisations as smart infrastructure is installed, monitored and maintained; in particular an opportunity for increased indigenous employment;

  • An increase in mobility of young, disabled and aged residents able to move more freely around the region, taking advantage of more frequent visits to libraries, town centre shops, restaurants and hospital services;

  • Indirect economic benefits as a result of an increase of technology;

  • An increased focus on end to end education content as subject matter experts take residence in close proximity to the schools, TAFE and university campus;

  • An increase in land, buildings, infrastructure and housing usage, as projects are rolled out of the Living Lab; and

  • Over time, an increase in high value employment as technologies are developed and deployed driven by the increasing focus of the Pilbara as a centre for technology development;

  • An increase in research & development funding and grants 

  • Opportunities for micro-credential training as residents chose to experience new employment opportunities; and

  • An increase in smart infrastructure construction as the region expands and adapts to the new environment.

Cooperative Research Centres

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) are an Australian Federal Government program and are key bodies for Australian scientific research. The Cooperative Research Centres Programme was established in 1990 to enhance Australia's industrial, commercial and economic growth through the development of sustained, user-driven, cooperative public-private research centres that achieve high levels of outcomes in adoption and commercialisation. The program emphasises the importance of collaborative arrangements to maximise the benefits of research through an enhanced process of utilisation, commercialisation and technology transfer. 

CRC for High Performance Soils

$39,500,000    19/7/17 - 31/3/27


Building 4.0 CRC
$28,000,000    1/7/20 - 30/6/27

SmartCrete CRC
$21,000,000    1/7/20 - 30/6/27

$50,000,000    1/7/18 - 30/6/28

Fight Food Waste CRC
$30,000,000    1/7/18 - 30/6/28

Blue Economy CRC
$70,000,000    1/7/19 - 30/6/29

Future Food Systems CRC
$35,000,000    1/7/19 - 30/6/29

RACE for 2030 CRC
$68,500,000    1/7/20 - 30/6/30

CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies
$29,500,000    1/7/20 - 30/6/30

Future Energy Exports CRC
$40,000,000    1/7/20 - 30/6/30

Food Agility CRC
$50,000,000    22/6/17 - 31/3/27

CRC for Developing Northern Australia
$75,000,000    12/7/17 - 30/6/27

$34,450,000    1/7/15 - 30/6/21

Innovative Manufacturing CRC
$40,000,000    1/7/15 - 30/6/22

Cyber Security CRC
$50,000,000    1/1/18 - 31/12/24

Future Fuels CRC
$26,250,000    1/7/18 - 30/6/25

Digital Health CRC
$55,000,000    1/7/18 - 30/6/25

Future Battery Industries CRC
$25,000,000    1/7/19 - 30/6/25

SmartSat CRC
$55,000,000    1/7/19 - 30/6/26

iMove CRC
$55,000,000    22/6/17 - 31/3/27