Up to $1M is available to support the development of research outcomes that benefit industry partners in the Industrial Transformation Priorities.


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Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs is a scheme that will engage Australia’s best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce. This scheme will support collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry designed to focus on strategic outcomes not independently realisable.



Through the new Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Program, the Government will invest $236 million in quality R&D partnerships that will help transform our industries so they can prosper in a richer, fairer and greener Australia.

The Industrial Transformation Research Program will:

  • fund research hubs and research training centres;
  • support Higher Degree by Research students and postdoctoral researchers in gaining real-world practical skills and experience through placement in industry.

The Industrial Transformation Priorities are priority research areas identified by the ARC which will be updated from round to round. The priorities for Industrial Transformation Research Hubs for funding commencing in 2018 and Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2018 are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Cyber Security
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.



The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme are to:

  • encourage collaborative R&D projects between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector that will solve challenging industry issues relevant to the Industrial Transformation Priorities
  • drive growth, productivity and competitiveness within key growth sectors
  • leverage national and international investment in targeted industry sectors, including from industry and other research end-users.



The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme provides project funding of $500,000 to $1 million per year for three to five years.


Eligible Projects

Project funding may be used for: personnel, for example, Hub Manager, research associates and assistants, technicians and laboratory attendants; stipends for higher degree by research candidates; teaching relief; access to research and infrastructure facilities and technical workshop services; essential field research; expert third party services; equipment and consumables; publication and dissemination of outputs and outreach; specialised computer equipment and software; travel costs essential to the project; web hosting and development; workshops, focus groups and conferences; and essential support costs for researchers who are carers or who themselves require care.


Eligible Applicants

Organisations that may participate in the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Projects are:

  • Administering Organisation;
  • Other Eligible Organisation;
  • Partner Organisation; and
  • Other Organisation.

For Partner Organisations:

  • A Proposal must include at least one Australian Partner Organisation.
  • The Proposal must demonstrate that the combined Partner Organisation(s) contributions (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.
  • The combined Partner Organisation(s) Cash Contribution:
    • must be at least 75 per cent of the total funding requested from the ARC where any Partner Organisation has more than 100 employees;
    • has no minimum where the Partner Organisation or the largest Partner Organisation in a consortium in the Proposal has 100 employees or less; and
    • has no upper limit.
  • There is no upper limit on the combined Partner Organisation(s) in-kind Contributions.



Applications close 12 December 2018.


2018 Recipients

The 2018 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded.

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture
  • ARC Research Hub for Smart Next Generation Transport Pavements
  • ARC Research Hub for Driving Farming Productivity and Disease Prevention
  • ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions


2017 Recipients

The 2017 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded.

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation
  • ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living
  • ARC Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosics into High Value Products


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Media Release

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub will focus on research partnerships that will deliver new advances for the rapid production of medical devices to improve the health of Australians and grow our multi-billion dollar medical devices industry.

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, today declared open the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices, based at The University of Queensland.

The new Research Hub is receiving $2.80 million over five years through the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, part of the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Program.

Professor Thomas said the Research Hub will develop new advanced materials, optimise designs and identify improvements in the processes involved in the manufacturing of medical devices, and train the next generation of industry-ready researchers.

“Working in collaboration with its partnering industry organisations, the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices will drive the development of competitive technologies such as the rapid production of personalised medical devices for the repair of aortic aneurysm,” said Professor Thomas.

“The ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices will endeavour to make the production of devices like the life-saving endovascular stent graft better, faster and more efficient.

“The impacts of this Research Hub will extend from the obvious direct health outcomes for Australians through these advances, but also to job creation and economic benefits—providing small and medium enterprises with new technologies and skills that can be transferred to the manufacture of products for other sectors.

“The Research Hub will also prepare new graduates with real-world skills ready to boost Australia’s manufacturing sector.”

Researchers based at The University of Queensland will work closely with The University of Sydney, RMIT University; and University of the Sunshine Coast; and with partner organisations Cook Medical Australia Pty Ltd; Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd; Advanced Material Solutions Pty Ltd; Heat Treatment (QLD) Pty Ltd; and Queensland Manufacturing Institute Solutions Limited.

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme fosters collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable.

For more information about this Research Hub, please visit the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices website.  For more information about the ARC and the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, visit the ARC website.