Up to $4M is available from Research Consortia Program to fund research collaborations which address challenges of critical need or of strategic importance to SA.

Research Consortia Program (RCP)

Research Consortia Program (RCP)

The Research Consortia Program (RCP) provides funding for collaborations between universities, other research organisations, government and industry to address major challenges in areas of critical need or of strategic importance to South Australia, aligned with the state’s economic priorities.

 

Background

The Premier’s Research and Industry Fund (PRIF) Research Consortia Program (RCP) provides funding for significant research collaborations between universities, other research organisations, government and industry to tackle major challenges in areas of critical need and/or strategic importance within the State’s Ten Economic Priority areas. The RCP seeks to bring together research consortia led by world leading researchers to pursue innovative, leading edge, outcome focused research solutions with an emphasis on taking outcomes through to application.

Successful research consortia will be selected through a competitive two-stage process.

The RCP is administered by the Department of State Development.

  • Stage 1: A call for Expression of Interest (EOI) applications will be made in the first instance. The Expressions of Interest will be assessed and then shortlisted by a Selection Panel. The Selection Panel may request interviews with applicants.
  • Stage 2: Applications will be invited from this shortlist and will be assessed by a Selection Committee and external experts. Applicants will subsequently be invited to participate in interviews with the Selection Committee.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Research Consortia Program are to:

  • Strategically address large scale research challenges in areas of critical need and/or strategic importance to South Australia which align with the State’s Ten Economic Priority areas.
  • Develop and support local, national and international networks and collaborations that bring together academic, industry, private and public organisations to address these research challenges.
  • Support research that pursues innovative solutions that are high impact and capable of being effectively utilised by End-users, particularly South Australian companies, where possible.
  • Link existing research strengths and build critical mass and capacity for interdisciplinary approaches to address defined research challenges.
  • Attract and retain from within Australia and abroad, world- leading researchers.
  • Develop and support promising early to mid-career researchers and postgraduate research students.

It is anticipated that these program objectives will also help to grow innovative companies and establish more start-ups in South Australia, leading to employment, economic growth and public good outcomes.

 

Funding

Funding will be awarded up to a maximum of $4 million for a term of four years (nominally $1 million per annum). Following the fourth year, applicants should note that a funding amount of $200,000 will be withheld pending the receipt and acceptance of a final report.

 

Eligible Projects

Priority will be given in this round to research consortia that develop a specific research challenge that falls within one or more of the following broad research priority areas:

  1. Energy
  2. Water
  3. Agriculture (including food and wine).

Research addressing challenges outside of these priority areas will be considered, but research within the three priority areas will be assessed more favourably and research consortia are strongly encouraged to target these priority areas.

 

Eligible Applicants

Applications must be submitted by a South Australian-based public or private research organisation (including universities and independent research institutes), or other organisations as approved on a case by case basis. For clarity, controlled entities will need to coordinate applications for funding through their respective parent entity.

The organisation which submits the application will be the administering organisation who will receive and administer RCP funding if the application is successful.

 

Timing

Applications close 13 November 2017.

 

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