Up to $1M is available from Automotive Engineering Graduate Program to support post graduate students to undertake industry-based projects in areas of knowledge priorities for automotive engineering.
Automotive Engineering Graduate Program
The Automotive Engineering Graduate Program provides funding to universities to deliver stipends and research support through existing research programs for post graduate students to undertake industry-based projects in areas of knowledge priorities for automotive engineering.
The objective of the program is to help automotive businesses grow, improve productivity and be globally competitive by increasing the pipeline of high quality graduate engineers into Australia’s automotive engineering sector. The program will develop job-ready graduate engineers with skills and experience that match future automotive industry requirements.
Funding will be provided to universities to deliver stipends and research support through existing research programs for post graduate students to undertake industry-based projects in areas of knowledge priorities for automotive engineering.
The program’s intended outcomes are:
- a steady flow of qualified, job-ready automotive engineers into the sector
- increased level of advanced engineering skills in the Australian automotive sector
- a stronger, more productive and more competitive automotive sector in Australia.
For this grant opportunity, a total of $5 million is available over 3 years from 2018-19 to 2020-21.
- The minimum grant amount is $200,000.
- The maximum grant amount is $1 million.
- The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
- Projects must be completed by 30 June 2021.
Your project is the set of activities that are funded through this grant opportunity. To be eligible your project must:
- include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
- have at least $200,000 in eligible expenditure.
Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:
- provision of stipends to support post graduate students undertaking industry-based projects that provide industry experience in areas of knowledge priority for automotive engineering
- use of facilities to undertake research outside of the university
- activities that support delivery of your project, for example activities to engage automotive industry partners to support student projects.
You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure you have incurred on an agreed project as defined in your grant agreement.
Eligible expenditure items are:
- grants or stipends to post graduate students
- costs associated with administering your grant or stipend program (maximum of 5% of grant amount)
- costs associated with accessing research material
- costs of accessing other research facilities
- information sharing, promotion and communication costs related to automotive engineering graduate opportunities (maximum of 2% of grant amount)
- domestic or international travel, limited to the reasonable cost of accommodation and transportation required for students to access design centres for direct industry engagement
- the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure (where we request one) up to a maximum of 1 per cent of the grant amount.
To be eligible you must:
- be a higher education provider listed at Table A or Table B of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and
- offer student research programs related to automotive engineering knowledge priorities as listed in Appendix B of the grant opportunity guidelines.
Applications close 7 December 2018.