ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

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The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs is a scheme 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. The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme will provide funding to Eligible Organisations to engage in cutting edge research on new technologies and economic and social transformation and support the development of research in the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

The Industrial Transformation Priorities are priority research areas identified by the ARC which will be updated from round to round. In the 2015 round the priorities are:

  • manufacturing;
  • food and agriculture;
  • oil and gas, including petroleum;
  • mining and mining services; and
  • medical devices and biotechnology

The scheme's objectives 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 by linking to key growth sectors; and
  • leverage national and international investment in targeted industry sectors, including from industry and other research end-users.

Total funding provided by the ARC under the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs is a minimum of $500,000 per year to a maximum of $1 million per year. Funding may be applied for a minimum of one to a maximum of five consecutive years.

Budget items that directly support the research Project may be funded, including expenditure on essential fieldwork; expert services of a third party; maintenance; personnel; and essential travel costs.

Partner Organisations must make combined cash and in-kind contribution to the Project that at least matches the total funding requested from the ARC. At least 75% must be in cash, depending on the number of employees (see section B8.2.3 of the Funding Rules).

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Office deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Kerry Todd-Smith

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 8073 (x8073), Faculty Research Manager, Mr Colm Halbert

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Graduate School of Management Research Office 
Ph 9850 7732 (x7732), Research Office Executive, Mrs Kerry Daniel

Key Dates Funding Rules Released: 10 September 2015
ARC opening date in RMS: 10 September 2015
Strategic Review Deadline: 12 November 2015
Request Not to Assess Form due in Research Office: 23 November 2015
Internal Final Compliance Check Deadline: 3 December 2015
ARC Closing Date: 10 December 2015
ARC rejoinders: TBA
Outcomes expected: TBA

Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants and FAQs
Request Not To Assess
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
MQRES Schedule
Sample Application Form
MQ Application and Project Lifecycle Information (APLI) Form (Formerly MQ Coversheet)
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist 

Contacts Mr Mark Berlage
Research Partnerships Manager
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4058
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