Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH)Overview
This program aims to engage Australia's best researchers to develop collaborative solutions to Industrial Transformation Priorities and to train the future research workforce. It supports joint research activity, between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that cannot be realised independently of each other.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Encourage collaborative R&D projects between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector that will engage in cutting-edge research on new technologies to create economic, commercial and social transformation.
- Leverage national and international investment in targeted industry sectors, including from industry and other research end-users.
- Drive growth, productivity and competitiveness within the Industrial Transformation Priorities.
The priorities for the 2018 funding round are:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Cyber Security
- Food and Agribusiness
- Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
- Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
- Oil, Gas and Energy Resources
Funding between $500,000 and $1 million is available per year of funding per project. A project may be applied for and awarded funding for a minimum of three to a maximum of five consecutive years, subject to sufficient funding being available for this program, the provisions of the ARC Act, and continued satisfactory progress of the Research Hub.
The 2018 application dates are:
- Applications open: 15 October
- Request not to assess close: 28 November
- Applications close: 12 December
- Rejoinders: 1-8 March 2019
Eligible applicants include organisations listed in Section 5.11 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 include those that directly support a research project. Budget items may include:
- Access to national and international research and infrastructure facilities including specialist archives, collections and databases.
- Access to technical workshop services linked to and justified explicitly against the project (for example, machine tools and qualified technicians).
- Expert services of a third party if the services are directly related to and essential for the project.
- Equipment (and its maintenance) and consumables essential for the project.
- Publication and dissemination of project research outputs and outreach activity costs.
- Specialised computer equipment and software essential to the project.
- Expenditure on field research essential to the project, including technical and logistical support, travel expenses.
- Reasonable essential costs to allow a participant who is a carer, or who personally requires care or assistance, to undertake travel essential to 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.
- Web hosting and web development specific to the project.
- Workshops, focus groups and conferences that are essential for the conduct of the project.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Project quality and innovation (30%)
- Feasibility and commitment (20%)
- Benefit (30%)
- Investigator(s) (20%)
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Bench fees or similar laboratory access fees.
- Capital works and general infrastructure cost.
- Costs not directly related to research or 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 CIs or PIs.
- Top ups for personnel above any given stipend or salary levels specified in the Grant Guidelines.
- Research & Development
- Business Support