CRDC delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian cotton industry.

Our investments are governed by our five-year Strategic RD&E Plan 2018-23

This plan provides an ambitious roadmap for CRDC’s investments, helping to set the direction for the Australian cotton industry – one of innovation, increased commercialisation and digital transformation.

Through this plan, our aim is to contribute to creating $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production for the benefit of Australian cotton growers and the wider community.

To help achieve this, Australian cotton growers and the Commonwealth Government will co-invest $18.6 million through CRDC into cotton RD&E during 2022-23, across approximately 300 projects and in collaboration with around 100 research partners.

Setting the RD&E priorities

CRDC works with the Australian cotton industry to determine the sector’s key RD&E priorities; with Government to determine its overarching rural RD&E priorities; and with both the industry and Government to determine the Cotton Sector RD&E Strategy.

In turn, these priorities help to shape CRDC’s strategic RD&E priorities, which are formalised under the Strategic RD&E Plan.


CRDC is funded through an R&D levy, which all growers pay (the levy equates to $2.25 for each 227 kilogram bale of cotton; or $4.06 per tonne of exported seed cotton), with the Government matching the funds dollar-for-dollar. 

Over the past 30 years, over $408 million has been invested in cotton RD&E by growers and the Government – and it has been estimated that the return on investment for growers is $7 in benefits for every $1 invested. 

Current investments

CRDC invests in approximately 300 RD&E projects per annum under the five Strategic Plan goals.

The 2022-23 investments are listed here: CRDC RD&E Investments.