Industrial Transformation Research Program

The Industrial Transformation Research Program offers two schemes:

Priority areas

The ARC will only consider applications that directly relate to the priority areas. This priority areas for the second round of Industrial Transformation Research Hubs are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Food and agriculture
  • Oil and gas, including petroleum
  • Mining and mining services
  • Medical devices and biotechnology
  IT Research Hubs (ITRH)  IT Training Centres (ITTC)
Description

Research Hubs engage Australia's best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce. The scheme supports collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry designed to focus on strategic outcomes not independently realisable.

ITTC is a scheme that fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training for the end-user focused research industries, vital to Australia's future.  
ITTC provides funding for at least ten (10) Higher Degree by Research candidates and three (3) postdoctoral fellows in each Training Centre.

Key dates Applications open: October 2014
Internal closing: 26 November 2014
Requet not to assess: 26 November 2014
External closing: 10 December 2014

Internal closing: October 2014
External closing: 26 November 2014
Requet not to assess: 26 November 2014
External closing: 10 December 2014

Funding $500k - $1M/year $650k first three years
$150k fourth year
No min fifth year
Max: 1 million pa
Duration Three years Four or five years
Contribution Requirements Combined cash and in-kind contribution must at least match ARC request. If any Partner Organisation has more than 100 employees, cash contribution must be at least 75% of ARC request.  
If PO has fewer than 100 employees, there is no minimum cash contribution.
No matched funding requirement. 
The proposal must demonstrate sufficient cash and in-kind contributions to support the research projects of the HDR candidates and PDFs.
Number expected Not stated - anticipate very few during each round (i.e., 1-3).  Original ARC factsheet suggested a target of 20 hubs to be created over five years. Anticipate about 10 per competition.
ARC plans to fund up to 50 ITTCs over five years.
Frequency of Competition May be offered up to four times/year one per year
Team Structure a. Hub Director plus one Chief Investigator (CI) from Administering Organisation
b.  At least one CI from each Eligible Org
c. at leasst one PI from each Partner Org
a. Training Centre Director plus one Chief Investigator (CI) from Administering Organisation
b.  At least one CI from each Eligible Org
c. at least one PI from each Partner Org
Conflict of Interest Researcher cannot have financial interest in Partner Organisation Researcher cannot have financial interest in Partner Organisation