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What is an Industrial Transformation Research Hub?

The Industrial Transformation Research Hub is a scheme that supports collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry designed to focus on strategic outcomes not independently realisable.

 

Background

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.

 

Objectives

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.

 

Funding

The 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 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.

 

Timing

Applications close 11 December 2019.

 

2019 Recipients

The 2019 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 Microrecycling of battery and consumer wastes
  • ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture
  • ARC Research Hub to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
  • ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection

 

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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