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.


Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects

The Linkage Projects scheme promotes national and international collaboration and research partnerships between key stakeholders in research and innovation including higher education institutions, government, business, industry and end-users. Research and development is undertaken to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

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.

Innovation Connections

Assists small and medium sized businesses access expertise and identify growth opportunities. Researcher and Business placements provide access to up to $50,000 and Graduate placements up to $30,000.

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.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) can be funded for up to 10 years and have no upper funding limit. Applications must have at least one Australian Industry entity and one Australian research provider. Applications must match (cash or in-kind) the requested funding and the successful CRC must become a company limited by guarantee.

CRC - Projects are short-term (3 year) collaborations with at least two industry partners, including one SME, and a research organisation. Applications must be submitted by an Industry Participant and match (cash or in-kind) the requested funding.

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 early stage proof of concept and knowledge transfer, product development and market testing, innovation and commercialisation activities.

Provides between $25,000 and $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.

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.

The ARC will provide funding for 10 HDR scholarships, 3 post-doctoral fellowships and project costs with the combined ARC budget up to $1M pa for 4-5 years.

ARC Industrial Transformation: Research Hubs

Provide funding to universities with partners to engage in cutting edge research on new technologies and economic, commercial and social transformation and support the development of research in the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

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.

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.

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.

R&D Tax Incentive

Under the R&D Tax Incentive, businesses can offset the cost of eligible R&D that is undertaken by them or through partners such as universities. This could be through eligible expenses in an ARC Linkage Projects grant, contract research, or a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

The R&D Tax Incentive provides a tax offset for eligible companies which reduce the cost and risk to businesses of undertaking R&D, increasing the incentive to invest in research and innovation. The University of Newcastle and Newcastle Innovation are both registered Research Service Providers (RSPs) for this scheme.