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5 June 2017

$46.6 million to strengthen Australia’s industries

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, has today announced  $46.6 million for 12 new Research Hubs and Training Centres funded under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP).

The funding will support nine Training Centres, worth $37.0 million over five years, under the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme; and three Research Hubs, worth $9.6 million over five years, under the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme.

ARC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Leanne Harvey, welcomed the announcement explaining the ITRP is designed to encourage and support university-based researchers and industry to work together to find solutions to a range of issues facing Australian industries.

“The ARC’s ITRP 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,” said Ms Harvey.

“The Training Centres also strengthen Australia’s research capability and future workforce, by establishing pathways for early-career researchers, including learning opportunities within industry.

“Together, these new Research Hubs and Training Centres will aid in resolving real world issues and strengthening the capability of Australia’s industries. They will undertake research that will advance manufacturing and technology, in areas including fire safety, unmanned aerial vehicles; rail construction and maintenance, wine production and biomedical devices.”

The ITRP offers funding through two schemes:

  • Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH)—which 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 (ITTC)—which fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research and postdoctoral training for the end-user focused research industries vital to Australia’s future.

The Industrial Transformation Priorities identified by the ARC for the ITRP Research Hubs and Training Centres commencing in 2017 are: Advanced Manufacturing; Food and Agribusiness; Oil, Gas and Energy Resources; Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; and Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals.

A full list of the new ITRP Research Hubs and Training Centres is available below and further details are available from the ARC website.

 

ARC Media Contact: 
communications@arc.gov.au
0412 623 056


ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program 

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (for funding commencing in 2017) 

Research Hub title

Administering Organisation

Research Hub Director

ARC funding

The ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living

Deakin University

Professor John Grundy

$2,962,655

The ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation

Monash University

Associate Professor Xiwang Zhang

$4,000,000

The ARC Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosics into High Value Products

Monash University

Professor Gil Garnier

$2,641,142

Industrial Transformation Training Centres (for funding commencing in 2017)

Research Hub title

Administering Organisation

Training Centre Director

ARC funding

The ARC Training Centre in Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies

The University of New South Wales

 

Professor Guan Yeoh

$4,272,072

The ARC Training Centre for Musculoskeletal Biomedical Technologies

The University of Sydney

 

Professor Hala Zreiqat

$4,420,408

The ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The University of Sydney

 

Professor Iver Cairns

$4,619,950

The ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure

University of Wollongong

Professor Buddhima Indraratna

$3,937,625

The ARC Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology

The University of Queensland

 

Professor David Reutens

$4,743,710

The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production

The University of Adelaide

 

Professor Vladimir Jiranek

$4,459,672

The ARC Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies

The University of Melbourne

 

Professor Alastair Stewart

$3,123,492

The ARC Training Centre for the Chemical Industries

The University of Melbourne

 

Dr Anastasios Polyzos

$3,279,502

The ARC Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies

The University of Melbourne

 

Professor Timothy Baldwin

$4,133,659