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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO4353

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs for funding commencing in 2021

Australian Research Council
Close Date & Time:
18-Nov-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
IH21 Round 1
Primary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
Secondary Category:
381002 - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research
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Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

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The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme engage Australia's best researchers to develop collaborative solutions to Industrial Transformation Priorities and to train the future research workforce. The scheme 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 Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme encourages and supports university-based researchers and industry to work together to find solutions to a range of strategic priorities facing Australian industries. These priorities are identified by the ARC as the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

The current Industrial Transformation Priorities are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing;
  • Cyber Security;
  • Food and Agribusiness;
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals;
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; and
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.

The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs grant opportunity are to:

  • Support collaborative research projects between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector that involved cutting-edge research on new technologies; and
  • leverage national and international investment in targeted industry sectors, including from industry and other research end-users.

An application may only be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation listed in the relevant grant guidelines.

All individuals named in an application must satisfy the eligibility criteria for the role they are to perform as at the Commencement Date and for the duration of the project.

Roles that named participants may be nominated for under IH21 are:

  • Research Hub Director
  • Chief Investigator
  • Partner Investigator

Applications must nominate the following named participants to be eligible:

  • Research Hub Director, who is an eligible CI from the Administering Organisation
  • At least one other CI from the Administering Organisation
  • At least one CI from each Other Eligible Organisation
  • At least one PI from each Partner Organisation

Applications must include at least one Australian Partner Organisation for a grant. An application may also include additional Partner Organisations, Other Eligible Organisations and Other Organisations.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Funding may be sought for between three and five consecutive years.

Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $500,000.00 to $1,000,000.00

Instructions for Application Submission:

The application must be submitted as a mature research plan presenting the proposed project ready for implementation and must contain all the information necessary for its assessment without the need for further written or oral explanation, or reference to additional documentation, unless requested by the ARC.
Applicants should note the eligibility criteria for access to other funding schemes, as expressed in the Grant Guidelines for those schemes. The ARC reserves the right to change these criteria in future funding rounds. Grant Guidelines for all ARC schemes may be found attached to the relevant Grant Opportunity.
Administering Organisations must submit applications through RMS unless otherwise advised by the ARC.
All applications must meet the format and content requirements, including certification, as set out in the RMS online form and the relevant scheme Instructions to Applicants. 

Other Instructions:

The Research Management System (RMS) is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research applications, assessments and rejoinders for the Australian Research Council's National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Registered users can log in using their email address and password at request a new account, click on the Request New Account link.

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