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Industrial Transformation Research Program

The ITRP falls within the Linkage Program, which promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies.

The Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) encourages and supports university-based researchers and industry to work together to find solutions to a range of issues facing Australian industries.

The ITRP offers funding awarded through two schemes:

  • Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH)
  • Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC).

These research hubs and training centres foster collaborative research, bringing researchers and industry together to share their skills and expertise to solve problems and develop new products, processes and services that will transform Australian industries.

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

The ITRH scheme provides funding to eligible organisations to engage in cutting-edge research on new technologies and economic, commercial and social transformation, and supports the development of research in the Industrial Transformation Priorities*.

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

The ITTC scheme fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research and postdoctoral training vital to Australia’s future.

*The Industrial Transformation Priorities are priority research areas identified by the ARC which are updated from round to round. The priorities for hubs and centres 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.

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The Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government. The ARC’s purpose is to grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community through funding the highest quality research, assessing the quality, engagement and impact of research and providing advice on research matters.

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National Competitive Grants Program

To fund the highest quality research, the ARC administers the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP)—a significant component of the Australia Government's investment in research and development.

The NCGP comprises two programs—Discovery and Linkage—under which a range of complementary schemes support the conduct of excellent basic and applied research and research training, the development of cooperative research projects between universities and end-users including industry, participation in international research efforts, the establishment of and access to major infrastructure and research career opportunities at every stage. Funding under the NCGP is awarded on the basis of a competitive peer review process.

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Linkage Program—supporting industry-research collaboration

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

Funding period

Funding level
per year

Partner Organisation
requirements

Partner Organisation
contribution requirements

Four to five years

$650,000 – $1,000,000
Minimum of $650,000 applies to the first three years.
Minimum of $150,000 may be requested in the fourth year.
No minimum level of funding provided by the ARC in the fifth year

Must include at least
one Australian Partner Organisation

Must demonstrate that the combined Partner Organisation cash and in-kind contributions are sufficient to support all the research projects described in
the proposal and particularly that of the HDRs and postdoctoral researchers in the Training Centre

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

Funding period

Funding level
per year

Partner Organisation
requirements

Partner Organisation
contribution requirements

Three to five years

$500,000 – $1,000,000

Must include at least
one Australian Partner Organisation

Combined Partner Organisation cash contribution must be at least 75 per cent of total funding requested from ARC (unless all Partner Organisations have 100employees or less)

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Research Highlights

ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains

ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains, led by Professor Chris Blanchard at Charles Sturt University, is working with industry to transform cereals, pulses and canola into high value food and beverage products.
Together, they are developing a better understanding of market opportunities for grains, as well as improving storage technologies and manufacturing methods.

ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production

The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production, led by Professor Vladimir Jiranek at The University of Adelaide, has collaborated with industry partners to tackle industry challenges, including responding to climate warming and changing consumer preferences. Together, they have created lower alcohol content wines without compromising flavour quality and are using membrane technologies to improve wine yield and quality to boost profits.

ARC Research Hub for Transforming Australia’s Manufacturing Industry through High Value Additive Manufacturing

Researchers at the ARC Research Hub for Transforming Australia’s Manufacturing Industry through High Value Additive Manufacturing, led by Professor Xinhua Wu at Monash University, are successfully commercialising their innovative 3D printing technology. In 2014, the Research Hub revealed the world’s first 3D printed jet engine at the Melbourne International Airshow. Then, in late 2016, the Research Hub announced it had become ARC Training Centre for Innovative a qualified aerospace supplier.

ARC Dairy Innovation Hub

The ARC Dairy Innovation Hub is carrying out transformational research to underpin the future of the Australian dairy manufacturing industry. The Research Hub, led by Associate Professor Sally Gras at The University of Melbourne, is providing ways for dairy manufacturers to recover high value ingredients from milk by-products to maximise returns.

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