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Working with partners

The ARC is committed to maximising the benefit of ARC-funded research through support for collaborative research and research training.

The ARC provides a range of opportunities for collaboration between the Australian research sector, industry partners and other organisations. ARC funding for partnerships is available through schemes under the Linkage Program scheme, which aims to encourage and extend cooperative approaches to research and improve the use of research outcomes by strengthening links within Australia’s innovation system and with innovation systems internationally.

Industrial Transformation Research Program

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) offers a suite of funding schemes attractive to both university-based researchers and industries. 

This dynamic program will:

  • fund research hubs and research training centres
  • support Higher Degree by Research students and postdoctoral researchers in gaining real-world practical skills and experience through placement in industry.

To achieve this, the Program will fund Industrial Transformation Research Hubs and Industrial Transformation Training Centres.

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs that will engage Australia's best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce. This scheme will support collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry designed to focus on strategic outcomes not independently realisable.

Industrial Transformation Training Centres 

These training centres will foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and the industry members who will use the research outcomes.

Linkage Projects

The Linkage Projects scheme supports research and development (R&D) projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, which are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and which involve risk or innovation.

Proposals for funding under the Linkage Projects scheme must include at least one Partner Organisation. The 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.

ARC Centres Of Excellence

ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority. Through ARC Centres of Excellence, a high level of collaboration occurs between universities and other organisations in Australia and overseas.

Applications for funding of ARC Centres of Excellence are invited periodically.

For general information on any of these schemes please email:



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