Industrial Transformation Research Program 2021

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (IH21)

Industrial Transformation Training Centres (IC21)

Internal deadlines

Notice of intent to submit (NOIS)  M Monday 3rd August 2020
IH21 and IC21 schemes open in RMSN/A

Thursday 10th September 2020

Final application submitted to Research Office via RMS  M 9am Wednesday 21st October 2020
Certification FormsMWednesday 21st October 2020
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Request Not to Assess O Wednesday 28th October 2020
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O - Optional / M - Mandatory


The ARC's Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) comprises two grant opportunities: Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (Research Hubs) and Industrial Transformation Training Centres (Training Centres).

The ITRP 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.

Research Hubs engage Australia's best researchers to develop collaborative solutions to the strategic priorities and to train the future research workforce. The focus is on the creation of industry and academic partnerships working together on research and development projects to create innovative and transformative solutions for industry.

The Research Hub objectives are to:

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

The intended outcomes of the Research Hub scheme are:

  • growth, productivity and competitiveness within the Industrial Transformation Priorities; and
  • economic, commercial and social transformation.

Training Centres foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and industry, through creating and delivering innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training. Training Centres are to develop researchers with capability in end user research that is vital to Australia's future. In delivering this training, the Training Centre focuses its researchers on developing solutions relevant to the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

Each Training Centre should fund at least ten (10) Higher Degree by Research candidates and three (3) postdoctoral fellows at the rates as indicated by the ARC

The Training Centre objectives are to:

  • support Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral researchers to undertake industrial training;
  • support research collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector; and
  • strengthen the capabilities of industry and research end-users in identified Industrial Transformation Priority areas.

The intended outcomes of the Training Centre scheme are:

  • growth, productivity and competitiveness within Industrial Transformation Priority areas; and
  • economic, commercial and social transformation.

Industrial Transformation Priorities

The Industrial Transformation Priorities are:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing;
  2. Cyber Security;
  3. Food and Agribusiness;
  4. Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals;
  5. Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; and
  6. Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.

Funding amounts

Research Hub

Between $500,000 and $1 million per annum for between three (3) - five (5) consecutive years.

Training Centre

The minimum level of funding is $650,000 per year for the first three (3) years and $150,000 in the fourth year.

There is no minimum level of funding provided by the ARC in the fifth year.

The maximum level of funding is $1 million per year per Project, for each year of the Project.

A Project may be applied for and awarded funding for four (4) or five (5) consecutive years.

How to apply

  1. Read the Grant Guidelines, Grant Guideline Changes, Instructions to Applicants (IC21, IH21) and FAQ's
  2. Liaise with your Faculty/ SRC
  3. Submit a Notice of Intent to Submit (NOIS)
  4. Commence your online application in RMS
  5. Work with your Case Manager and use DU templates provided below
  6. Organise relevant certification forms