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


Call 1300 658 508


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 11 December 2019.


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


Call 1300 658 508


More Information


Media Release

The Morrison Government is investing in partnerships between universities and industry that will produce world-leading research and commercial outcomes that create jobs and economic growth.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced four new Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hubs that will share $18.1 million in funding.

“Our Government is investing in research that will have applications in the real world, leading to job creation, improvements to medical treatment and environmental benefits,” Mr Tehan said.

“These Research Hubs will tackle important challenges facing Australians, such as antibiotic resistance, and develop new opportunities for business, through better farming practices or more productive use of waste.

“Our Government is investing in these Research Hubs to push the boundaries of our knowledge and to develop solutions that benefit Australians and improve the capacity of our university and industrial sectors.”

The four ARC Research Hubs announced today are:26

  • ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture: This project will develop techniques to support a sustainable lobster aquaculture industry. This Hub is led by Associate Professor Gregory Smith at the University of Tasmania.
  • ARC Research Hub to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance: Bacteria, viruses, and some parasites that are resistant to antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials pose a serious threat to human health. This Hub will establish a world-first partnership between industry, researcher and end users to develop new technology to fight Antimicrobial Resistance and ensure investments in this area are most efficiently spent. This Hub will be led by Professor Rebecca Guy at the University of New South Wales.
  • ARC Research Hub for Microrecycling of Battery and Consumer Wastes: This project will develop processes to transform waste into valuable materials and products, including metallic alloys, oxides and carbon, instead of becoming landfill. Turning waste into valuable materials will create jobs and has significant environmental and social benefits. This Hub will be led by Professor Veena Sahajwalla at the University of New South Wales.
  • ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection: The Hub aims to develop and commercialise an innovative biological fungicide that can be used by Australian farmers as an alternative to existing chemical products. This will address fungicide resistance, chemical residues in food, off-target effects and environmental harm of the current system. The Hub will increase productivity, market access and enhanced environmental credentials for Australia’s agricultural producers. This Hub will be led by Professor Neena Mitter at the University of Queensland.

More information can be found on the ARC website.