Industrial Transformation Training Centres

For funding commencing in 2022

Research Office Contact:

This scheme is OPEN.

Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2022 opened 6 August 2021 and closes 15 October 2021. A timeline for the 2022 funding round is below.

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

The Industrial Transformation Priorities are priority research areas identified by the ARC which will be updated from round to round. The current Industrial Transformation Research Program Priorities are:

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

These priorities are consistent with the six high-growth sectors established under the Industry Growth Centres initiative.

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
  2. drive growth, productivity and competitiveness within key growth sectors;
  3. enhance competitive research collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector; and
  4. strengthen the capabilities of industries and other research end-users in identified Industrial Transformation Priority areas.

The ARC provides project funding of a minimum of $650,000 per annum in the first 3 years, $150,000 per annum in the fourth year and no minimum for the fifth year. The maximum amount of funding is $1,000,000 per annum per project. Each application must nominate at least one Australian Partner Organisation and demonstrate a significant cash/in-kind contribution.

For further information, please visit the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres page.

Key Dates

Indicative timeline for funding commencing in 2022

ARC OpensFriday 6 August 2021
University Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings open*Monday 9 August 2021
University Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings periodMonday 20 September - Friday 1 October 2021
Request not to assess due to Research Office5:00pm Wednesday 29 September 2021
Request not to assess due to ARC5:00pm Friday 1 October 2021
University of Newcastle Deadline for Final Application9:00am Friday 8 October 2021
ARC closes5:00 pm Friday 15 October 2021
RejoindersWednesday 5 February - Tuesday 18 February 2022

Please note:

  • *To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced.
  • The UON deadline for final applications is 9:00am one (1) week prior to the ARC closing date and requires provision of a final, submission-ready proposal and all associated documentation including a fully signed External Application Coversheet (DOC).
  • Schools and Colleges may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and College Research & Research Training Officer or College Research Development Manager for further information on School/College internal processes.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application ASAP after the scheme opens in RMS so that they can:
    • book their preferred day for an Eligibility and Compliance check
    • receive a copy of the scheme specific Essential Instructions developed by the Research Office to assist you with the completion of your application.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme


Certification Proforma and Other Useful Information

University of Newcastle ARC Written Evidence Certification proformas, Guide to writing the National Interest Test (NIT) Statement, Guide to auto-populate Research Outputs and ORCHID, Preparing budgets and other useful information is available in the ‘Preparing ARC Grants’ accordion on the Linkage Program page.

ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Funding Rules and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC Training Centres including guidelines, instructions to applicants and sample forms.

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please please contact or phone on (02) 492 17733.

The ARC have recently developed the Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) Establishment Toolkit (PDF). The toolkit has been created to provide helpful information to applicants and grant recipients on best practice administration requirements of ITRP.

University of Newcastle Supporting Documents


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Further information

For further information regarding the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres Scheme, please contact or phone 492 17733.

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