ARC Industrial Transformation Research Training Centres Scheme information for University of Newcastle Researchers

Industrial Transformation Research Training Centres

For funding Commencing in 2014

The Industrial Transformation Research Training Centres scheme aims to foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training for the end-user focused research industries vital to Australia's future.

Over a five-year period, the ARC will award funding for up to 50 Training Centres with funding for at least ten Higher Degree by Research candidates and three postdoctoral fellows in each Training Centre.

The Industrial Transformation Priorities/Training Priorities are priority research areas identified by the ARC which will be updated from round to round.

The Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2014 and the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs for funding commencing in 2013 will have a dual focus: food and manufacturing.

The Program will continue to address research areas that are vital for, and assist with:

  • Australia's future food storage,
  • food processing,
  • food manufacturing capabilities and
  • product opportunities.

In addition, the Program will target:

  • product design and development,
  • manufacturing techniques,
  • defence manufacturing and
  • firm organisation and management.

The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme are to:

  1. Foster opportunities for Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial training and to enhance competitive research in collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector
  2. Strengthen Australia's Industrial Transformation Priorities to supplement the needs of industries and other research end-users.

The ARC will provide between $600,000 and $1,000,000 per annum funding for each Research Hub for three years. RHD candidates and postdoctoral fellows funded under the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme are required to conduct research for a minimum of 1 year full-time placement within a Partner Organisation over the life of the Project.

There is no requirement for the Partner Organisation(s) to match the funding requested from the ARC and no minimum requirement of Cash Contribution.

The ARC may provide funding for Project costs to match eligible Cash Contributions from Partner Organisation(s) such that the total funds (including Higher Degree by Research stipends and postdoctoral fellow salaries), awarded by the ARC will not exceed $1 million per year. The PO cash contributions may not include 'top-ups' for Higher Degree by Research Stipends or salaries for CIs, PIs or postdoctoral fellows.

The ARC may provide funding for Project costs to match eligible in-kind contributions where the Partner Organisation(s) are a registered charity, not-for-profit community organisation, Start-Up Company or a Museum / Herbaria.

Key Dates

Industrial Transformation Research Training Centres scheme is now closed.

Draft application due
Email to advise complete RMS valid application is ready for review
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Request to Not Assess form due to Research Office Wednesday 24 July 2013
Final application due
Submitted to Research Office in RMS
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Certification (Written Evidence) due
Email to
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Evidence of UoN cash contribution approval (if relevant) due Email approval to Wednesday, 31 July 2013
ARC closes

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Please contact Angela McPherson via email or on (02) 492 54902 if you are interested in applying for this scheme.



ARC Website

Important notes regarding lodgement of ARC applications

  1. In RMS, save each Part of the Proposal one final time
  2. Ensure all components of the Proposal are complete and valid
  3. Full Eligibility and Compliance Review: email the relevant Research Office contact ( when application is ready to review
  4. Internal Closing Date: to submit to the Research Office click on 'Submit Proposal to Research Office' located at the bottom of the Proposal Summary Page
  5. Submit the Written Evidence to the Research Office as detailed above in the Documents section.

RMS Access

As of 2013 the ARC's GAMS system will no longer be available. All new applications as well as final reports will need to be submitted in RMS.

Access to RMS is via the ARC website

You can also download the UoN help document 'How to set up a RMS Account and create a Partner Organisation' (DOC 38 KB).

Should you require further assistance using RMS please contact Neroli Finlay via email or phone on (02) 492 15353.

ARC Reporting

If you have a current ARC grant with outstanding reports, this could affect your eligibility for this scheme. Please see the University of Newcastle ARC Reporting page.

Tools for Completing Your Application

Confidentiality and IP

Please note: In past rounds, the ARC warranted confidentiality. The Funding Rules now state "the ARC gives no undertaking to keep confidential any information provided in the Proposal except where required by law."

Due to this change we recommend that if submitting a research project with potential IP which could be patented/exploited or involves an Industry Partner which requires confidentiality, applicants should insert the following sentence at the start of the Project Description within their application:

"The following project is disclosed to the ARC in confidence for the purpose only of applying for ARC Funding."

Useful Information for preparing your applications

Australian Taxation Office Allowances