ITRP update
La Trobe University
31 May 2017
Dr Fiona Cameron

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2016–17 Federal Budget—R&D $10.1 billion

2016–17 Federal Budget—R&D $10.1 billion

Diagram to illustrate proportion of funding allocated in 2016–17 Federal Budget to all Australian departments and agencies. Dollars allocated to agencies are shown by the size of the circles of each department and agency. This graph draws attention to the proportion of R7D allocated funding.

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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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Selected research agencies 2009–2016 funding ($m)

Selected research agencies, 2009-2016 funding. Source: Science, Research and Innovation Budget Tables 2016–17.

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ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2016

ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2016

 

ARC NCGP funding by Fields of Research 2009–2016: Stacked percentage area chart showing ARC NCGP funding by two digit Fields of Research 2009-2016 as a proportion of the whole.

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National Competitive Grants Program

National Competitive Grants Program

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.

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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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ARC NCGP funding by scheme 2009–2016

 ARC NCGP funding by scheme 2009–2016

 

 

Stacked area chart showing ARC funding by scheme through the years 2009-2016 (New and ongoing). Discovery Projects makes up the largest component. 

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ARC Centre Director’s forum networking

  • picture of ARC Centre Directors Networking at an eventEntrepreneurs’ Program
  • Global Innovation Strategy
    • Global Connections Fund
    • Global Innovation Linkages
  • CRC Program
  • Industry Growth Centres Initiative
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Growth Centre (MTP Connect)
  • Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre (FIAL)
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre (NERA)
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS Ignited)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)

 

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Industrial Transformation Research Program

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 Program consists of two schemes:

  • Industrial Transformation Research Hubs
  • Industrial Transformation Training Centres

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Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC)

To foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and industry to provide innovative training for early career researchers vital to Australia’s future industry.

Over the life of the program the ARC will:

  • establish 50 Training Centres nationwide
  • support 10 “industry ready” Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral researchers in each Training Centre
  • provide up to $1 million per year for up to five (5) years for each Training Centre.

The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme are to:

  • foster opportunities for Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial training
  • drive growth, productivity and competitiveness within key growth sectors
  • enhance competitive research collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector
  • strengthen the capabilities of industries and other research end-users in identified Industrial Transformation Priority areas.

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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.

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Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH)

Opportunities for universities and industrial partners to focus on significant collaborative R&D projects with outcomes beyond their independent endeavours.

  • The ARC will invest up to $1 million per year in each Research Hub with matching investment by industry partners up to a maximum of five years.

The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme are to:

  • encourage collaborative research and development (R&D) projects between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector that will solve challenging industry issues relevant to the Industrial Transformation Priorities
  • drive growth, productivity and competitiveness within key growth sectors
  • leverage national and international investment in targeted industry sectors, including from industry and other research end-users.

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ITRP—a unique ARC scheme

Priorities last round:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Industry/academic panel (SAC)
  • Aligned with Growth Centres (Dept Industry)
  • Plan for networking forum (ARC).

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ITRP Hubs and Centres Success Rates

 ITRP Hubs and Centres Success Rates

Industrial Transformation Research Program Hubs and Centres Success Rates for 2012–2016 (all rounds).

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Successful Centres and Hubs with a priority in food

IH/IC round

Title

Administering Organisation

Approved Funding

IC13

A molecular technology platform for enabling the next revolution in the food industry

Macquarie University

$2,100,000

IC13

Innovative Wine Production: responding to climate, water, market and economic challenges

The University of Adelaide

$2,405,204

IC13

Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture

The University of New South Wales

$2,100,000

IC14

ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products

University of Tasmania

$2,061,605

IC14

ARC Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation

The University of Newcastle

$2,119,872

IC14

ARC Training Centre for Functional Grains

Charles Sturt University

$2,150,000

IC14

ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry in the 21st Century

The University of Sydney

$2,997,000

IC15

ARC Training Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation

Macquarie University

$3,732,019

IH12

Pathways to market: transforming food industry futures through improved sensing, provenance and choice

University of Tasmania

$2,500,000

IH12

Dairy Innovation Hub: transformational research to underpin the future of the Australian dairy manufacturing industry

The University of Melbourne

$5,000,000

IH12

Commercial development of rock lobster culture systems: the cutting edge of aquaculture

University of Tasmania

$5,000,000

IH13_Rd2

ARC Research Hub for genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate

The University of Adelaide

$4,308,668

IH13_Rd2

ARC Research Hub for advanced breeding to transform prawn aquaculture

James Cook University

$4,979,922

IH14

ARC Research Hub for Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture

The University of Sydney

$3,972,614

IC16

ARC Training Centre in Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry

The University of Sydney

$2,259,000

     

$47,685,904

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Continuous Linkage Projects

  • Since 1 July 2016, applications for the Linkage Projects scheme can be submitted at any time. 
  • The continuous application cycle will allow a closer connection between proposal submission and outcome announcement. (Within 6-months)
  • This helps industry and business to collaborate more readily on high quality proposals, and should assist in boosting the commercial returns of publicly-funded research.
  • Following a rigorous assessment process high-quality proposals will be expedited to the Minister for decision.

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ARC Grant Search

Grant search

The ARC Grants Search is designed to make it easier for you to find details of ARC-funded research projects since 2001, including electronic and paper-based proposals.

Grant Search button

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