Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology UNSW
10 May 2017
Dr Fiona Cameron

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Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2016–17 (%)

Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2016–17 (%)

Pie chart showing Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2015–16 ($m).

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National Competitive Grants Program

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Graphical representation of schemes in the ARC's National Competitive Grants Program. Each scheme is a rectangle with the area of the rectangle representing  ARC funding (new and ongoing projects) for 2016.

Area of box represents ARC funding by scheme (new and ongoing projects) for 2016*. 

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  • *LP16 figures not including Continuous Linkage

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Researchers by sector of employment

Researchers by sector of employment

Source: OECD, Research and Development Statistics Database, June 2013.

Bar chart showing researchers by sector of employment (OECD data). Australia is low on the chart for researchers in industry.

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So you want to engage in research with industry?

  • Linkage Projects: $50K - $300K per year/2-5 years: 
    Application timing—Continuous
  • Industrial Transformation Research Program
    • Training Centres: up to $1m per year/5 years
    • Research Hubs: up to $1m per year/5 years
    • Application timing—Annual
  • Centres of Excellence: up to $5m per year/7 years:
    Application timing—3-years

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Who can I work with?

  • “The Linkage Program supports the growth of research partnerships between university-based researchers and researchers in other sectors in Australia and overseas that generate new knowledge, technologies and innovations.”
  • Don’t dismiss any organisation until you’ve talked with the University Research Office.

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“Exempt organisations” excerpt funding rules 2017

  • Exempt Non-Profit Organisation means an organisation which meets the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) definition of a non-profit organisation – an organisation that does not operate for the profit or gain of its individual members, either directly or indirectly. This applies both while the organisation is operating and when it winds up. This definition is available on the ATO website.
  • NEW! Exempt Small Business means an organisation which has fewer than twenty full-time employees.
  • Exempt Start-up means a company that is commercialising research and development (R&D) activities and has an average annual revenue over the previous two years of income that does not exceed $5 million per year. The start-up must have a majority of its employees (by number) and assets (by value) inside Australia.

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Priorities for Industrial Transformation Research Program

Priorities for Industrial Transformation Research Hubs and Training Centres 2017 are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals

Funding Rules > Linkage Program > ITRP

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Unique selection panel

  • All priorities represented
  • Balanced panel:
    • Academic 
    • Industry
    • Gender
    • International

Department of Industry Growth Centres see proposals and have input to panel but do not sit on the panel.

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Outcomes 

  • Cultural change
  • Students and Post docs—2-way exposure to industry
  • Valued alternative careers for Phd graduates and PDFs
  • Increased innovation in industry
  • More resources into research
  • More PhD level graduates in Innovation careers

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Fostering the next generation of researchers

ARC’s Industrial Transformation Training Centres place early career researchers in an industry setting.

Over a five-year period the ARC will award funding for up to 50 Training Centres with funding for at least ten Higher Degree by Research candidates and three postdoctoral fellows in each Training Centre.