The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme engages 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 that are not independently realisable. 

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to engage in cutting-edge research on new technologies and economic, commercial and social transformation which support the development of research outcomes that benefit industry partners in the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

The Industrial Transformation Priorities are priority research areas identified by the ARC that are updated from round to round. The current Industrial Transformation Priorities are: 

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

A strong collaboration and commitment of resources from innovative national and international industries is required. Proposals for funding under the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme must include at least one Australian Partner Organisation. Each Partner Organisation must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for a Proposal (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.

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

  • encourage collaborative 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.

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme provides project funding of $500,000 to $1 million per year for three to five years. Project funding may be used for: personnel, for example, Hub Manager, research associates and assistants, technicians and laboratory attendants; stipends for higher degree by research candidates; teaching relief; access to research and infrastructure facilities and technical workshop services; essential field research; expert third party services; equipment and consumables; publication and dissemination of outputs and outreach; specialised computer equipment and software; travel costs essential to the project; web hosting and development; workshops, focus groups and conferences; and essential support costs for researchers who are carers or who themselves require care.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant Funding Rules and Funding Agreements. Grants from the ARC are made to organisations, not individual researchers or research teams. The Funding Rules contain the list of Eligible Organisations. 

All accountable authorities and officials must use GrantConnect to publish all Grant Opportunities, all Grant Opportunity Guidelines and all addenda/alterations.

The ARC will no longer publish Grant Opportunity Guidelines (formerly known as Funding Rules) on our website.

The Grant Guidelines for the Industrial Transformation Research Program 2019 are now available on GrantConnect.

While the Grant Guidelines are available to view, you will need to sign in or create a User Registration account  in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities.

For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website

Key Documents and Information for the Industrial Transformation Research Program 2019

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Funded in 2018

The 2018 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded.

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture
  • ARC Research Hub for Smart Next Generation Transport Pavements
  • ARC Research Hub for Driving Farming Productivity and Disease Prevention
  • ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Funded in 2017

The 2017 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded.

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation
  • ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living
  • ARC Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosics into High Value Products

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Funded in 2015

The 2015 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded.

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • ARC Research Hub for Integrated Device for End-user Analysis at Low-levels
  • ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Personalised Medical Devices
  • ARC Research Hub for Advanced Solutions to Transform Tall Timber Buildings
  • ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation
  • ARC Research Hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Funded in 2014

The 2014 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded. 

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities
  • ARC Research Hub for Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture
  • ARC Research Hub for a World-class Future Fibre Industry
  • ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Funded in 2013—Round 2

The 2013—Round 2 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded. 

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • ARC Research Hub for transforming the mining value chain
  • ARC Research Hub for Basin GEodyNamics and Evolution of SedImentary Systems (GENESIS) 
  • ARC Research Hub for advanced breeding to transform prawn aquaculture
  • ARC Research Hub for transforming waste directly in cost-effective green manufacturing
  • ARC Research Hub for genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate
  • ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore
  • ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Funded in 2013—Round 1

The 2013—Round 1 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded. 

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • ARC Research Hub for Transforming Australia’s Manufacturing Industry through High Value Additive Manufacturing
  • ARC Research Hub for BioProcessing Advanced Manufacturing
  • ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Funded in 2012

The 2012 funding round for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs has concluded. 

A list of the funded ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs under this round are below:

  • Dairy Innovation Hub: transformational research to underpin the future of the Australian dairy manufacturing industry
  • Pathways to market: transforming food industry futures through improved sensing, provenance and choice
  • Commercial development of rock lobster culture systems: the cutting edge of aquaculture
  • Unlocking the food value chain: Australian food industry transformation for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets