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New ARC training centres to lead Australian industry research

New ARC training centres to lead Australian industry research

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14 July 2020

New ARC training centres to lead Australian industry research

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education Dan Tehan of five new ARC Training Centres as part of the 2020 round of the Industrial Transformation Research Program.

The successful new 2020 ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres will be led by Australian universities and involve significant collaboration with industry over the next five years to focus on key priority areas and challenges facing industry. 

Professor Thomas said the funding will support targeted research innovation in Australia that will make a difference to Australians, and lead to tangible research outcomes. 

“The research solutions that will flow from these Training Centres will also deliver ground-breaking Higher Degree by Research and postdoctoral training, to skill-up our next generation of research leaders to be an industry-ready workforce,” Professor Thomas said.

“These Training Centres foster partnerships between university-based researchers and industry organisations to find practical solutions to a range of important challenges facing Australian industry now and into the future.

“They enhance competitive research collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector, which is vital for growth and innovation and to ensure we have job-ready leading researchers that are working together with our industry sector and actively engaging in their research to help innovate and address their most complex challenges."

The five new ARC Training Centres for 2020, worth $24 million over the next five years under the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme, are:

  • ARC Training Centre for Collaborative Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing—$4.9m—led by Professor Jonathan Roberts, Queensland University of Technology
  • ARC Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA)—$4.9m—led by Professor Kate Smith-Miles, The University of Melbourne.
  • ARC Training Centre for Information Resilience—$4.9m—led by Professor Shazia Sadiq, The University of Queensland
  • ARC Training Centre for The Global Hydrogen Economy—$4.9m—led by Professor Rose Amal, The University of New South Wales
  • ARC Training Centre for Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Membrane Proteins for Drug Discovery—$4.8m—led by Professor Patrick Sexton, Monash University

The Industrial Transformation Training Centres meet research priority areas that are updated from round to round. The Industrial Transformation Priorities for the 2020 round of the ARC Training Centres are: Advanced Manufacturing; Cyber Security; Food and Agribusiness; Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals; Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; and Oil, Gas and Energy Resources. 

More information about each of the successful 2020 Industrial Transformation Training Centres is available on the ARC website.

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