The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) are examples of our successful research partnerships.

Benefits of partnership

We offer our research partners access to our world-class resources and research expertise with financial support through government incentives and funding schemes that promote collaboration between researchers and industry.

See below for a summary of funding schemes designed to support researcher and industry engagement.


R&D Tax Incentive

The University of Newcastle is a registered Research Service Provider (RSP) and partner organisations may be eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive available through the Australian Taxation Office and Aus-Industry. It is advised that companies seek their own taxation advice concerning this program.

Global Connections Fund: Priming Grants

Enhancing collaboration specifically between Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and researchers.

Provides up to $7,000 to enable Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to meet with new international  researchers OR Australian researchers to connect with international SMEs.

Global Connections Fund: Bridging Grants

Designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement such as might be developed during a Priming Grant funded process.

Provides up to $50,000 to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement such as might be developed during a Priming Grant funded process.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects

Provide support for collaborative research and development projects between higher education organisations and industry partners that aim to acquire new knowledge through innovation.

ARC will provide funding for up to $300,000 per annum for 2 to 5 years, Partner Organisation(s) are required make a cash / in-kind contribution that matches the total funding requested from the ARC.

ARC Industrial Transformation: Training Centres

Fostering 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.

Funding for up to $1M pa is provided for:

  • 10 HDR scholarships;
  • 3 post-doctoral fellowships; and
  • project costs.

ARC Industrial Transformation: Research Hubs

Supporting collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry designed to focus on strategic outcomes not independently realisable.

The ARC will provide funding from $500k-$1M pa for 3-5 years, Partner Organisation(s) with greater than 100 employees are required make a cash contribution at least 75% of the total funding requested from the ARC.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Projects

Provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together in defining research questions, undertaking research, interpreting findings and implementing policy and practice.

The NHMRC will provide a maximum $1.5 million for up to five years.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme

Part of the Australian Government research and Innovation agenda for 25 years, supporting medium-long term collaboration between industry and research organisations.

  • Traditional CRCs can be funded for up to 10 years and have no upper funding limit.
  • The newly introduced CRC-Projects (CRC-P) are for short ter, (up to 3 years) collaborations and up to $3 million can be requested.

SME Connect - SIEF STEM+ Business

Provides a mechanism for Early Career Researchers (ECR) to build new skills and relationships with industry.

Facilitators work with businesses and research organisations to establish projects and facilitate financial assistance in the form of a SIEF STEM+ Business grant of up to $105,000 per annum.

Innovation Connections

Assists small and medium sized businesses access expertise and identify growth opportunities. This programme has three types of Innovation Connection Grants:

  • the placement of a researcher in the business (up to a maximum of $50,000);
  • the placement of a business' own research employee into a Publicly Funded Research Organisation (up to a maximum of $50,000);
  • the employment of a graduate or post graduate in to the participant's business (up to a maximum of $30,000).

Innovation Connections projects are up to 12 months in duration, and businesses are required to make a cash contribution that matches the value of the grant.

NSW TechVouchers

Designed to increase access by SMEs to the State’s research and development (R&D) infrastructure, facilitate business expenditure on R&D, and to promote collaborations between industry, the university and public research sector and TAFE.

The grant will provide up to 50% to a maximum of $15,000 for technology SMEs to collaborate with a NSW research organisation.

NSW Collaborative Solutions

Supports the development of innovative technology-enabled solutions that address an identified barrier to growth in a key sector.

Provides up to 25% of approved project costs (to a maximum of $100,000), for consortia to develop an innovative solution that addresses a high growth opportunity or challenge in a key sector.

Industry Growth Centres

Industry-led approach driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focusing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority.

Science and Research Priorities

Priorities designed to increase investment in areas of immediate and critical importance to Australia and its place in the world.