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Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH)


This program aims to engage Australia's best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce. It supports collaborative research activity, between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable.

The objectives of the scheme are to:
- Support collaborative research projects between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector that involve cutting-edge research on new technologies.
- Leverage national and international investment in targeted industry sectors, including from industry and other research end-users.

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

Grants between $500,000 and $1 million are available per year for three to five years. Applicants are required to provide co-contribution in cash or in-kind.

The 2019-20 application dates are:
- Applications open: 4 October 2019
- Request not to assess close: 27 November 2019
- Applications close: 11 December 2019
- Rejoinders: 26 February - 12 March 2020

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include organisations listed in Section 4.7 of the Guidelines.

Applicants must include at least one Australian Partner Organisation. They may also include additional Partner Organisations, Other Eligible Organisations and Other Organisations.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements and the list of eligible organisations.

Eligible Activities

Eligible expenditure items include:
- Personnel, which may include expert services of a third party if the services are directly related to and essential for the project.
- Travel costs essential to the project, including economy travel costs for domestic and/or international travel and accommodation, not exceeding an average of $20,000 per year of the project.
- Expenditure on field research essential to the project, including technical and logistical support, travel expenses (including accommodation, meals and incidental costs).
- Equipment (and its maintenance) and consumables essential for the project. Funding will not be provided for equipment or consumables that are considered to be for broad general use.

Please refer to the website for the complete list of eligible activities/expenditure.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Investigator(s)/capability (20%)
- Project quality and innovation (30%)
- Feasibility and commitment (20%)
- Benefit (30%)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Basic facilities that should normally be funded by an Administering Organisation, Eligible Organisation and/or Partner Organisation (including standard refurbishment costs of a laboratory).
- Capital works and general infrastructure costs.
- Costs not directly related to the project.
- Fees for international students or the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) and Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) liabilities for students.
- Salaries and/or on-costs, in whole or in part, for Directors, CIs or PIs.
- Salary top ups for personnel above any given stipend or salary levels specified in the Guidelines.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.

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Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2019-10-08 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 4 Oct 2019
Start By Date 11 Sep 2019
Closing Date 11 Dec 2019
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $500,000
Max.Funding $1M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Innovation and R&D
Infrastructure / Equipment
Education : Other
Health : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Healthcare, Medical, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
Energy and Renewables
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Education and Training
Program Administrator
Australian Research Council (ARC)
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