Industry Partnership Opportunities

The Commonwealth and NSW Governments support industry and university collaboration through a range of initiatives including the ARC Linkage Program, tax incentives and matched funding.

Please see relevant contacts below for the following schemes:

ARC Linkage Scheme

The ARC Linkage Program is a funding scheme that enables external partner organisations to undertake a collaborative research project with UNSW.

The Program works to benefit the broader Australian community by funding collaborative research projects with industry, government or community organisations who are looking to collaborate with UNSW researchers to answer questions or solve problems for their strategic benefit and/or competitive advantage. Grant funding is predominantly provided by the ARC, with partner organisations providing a mix of cash and in-kind support.

UNSW is consistently the national leader in securing ARC Linkage funding, demonstrating our long tradition and reputation for excellence and leadership in industry-relevant research and underlining our clear strength in engaging in real-world research and supporting innovative research partnerships. 

UNSW has wide ranging expertise and experience in working with its research partners, from the earliest stages of research through to commercialisation, on projects ranging from social policy studies, through hi-tech industrial investigations, to medicine. Our EasyAccessIP program increases the range of options available to partners for facilitating knowledge transfer with many technologies being licensed for free.

UNSW's diverse partner organisations span the private and public sectors and include: Surf Life Saving Australia Ltd, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Suntech Power Holdings, the Australian Human Rights Commission, BHP Billiton, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the University of California, San Diego – Visual Arts, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Beijing Origin Water Technology Company.

Almost all public, private, community, government and not-for-profit organisations are eligible as partner organisations, provided they are not primarily funded for research or research-related activities by government. 

SUPPORT AND DEADLINES

Support for UNSW researchers for Linkage Applications is available from the following areas:

  1. Research Strategy Office (RSO) - strategic advice on all aspects of your application (see below for further details)
     
  2. Research Grants and Contracts (RGC) - compliance and eligibility advice (visit the RGC website)

 

RSO Support

The Research Strategy Office provides targeted strategic advice on:

  • the scope, nature and suitability of any proposed project
  • how to address the selection criteria including track record
  • how to maximise benefit
  • enchancing application success
  • Partner Organisation contributions required (including in-kind)
  • general grantsmanship advice

Researchers are encouraged to discuss their project with the RSO at the early stages of their application process as fundamental issues are difficult to resolve late in the process.

Please send any component of your proposal for strategic advice, as a Word file, to:

James Walsh
Senior Strategic Development Manager (Industry), RSO
E: j.walsh@unsw.edu.au

 

Deadlines

  • The ARC has implemented a continuous Linkage Projects scheme whereby applications can be submitted at any time. However UNSW has implemented its own hard internal deadlines for submission of applications in 3 tranches per year. Please see the Research Grants and Contracts page for dates.

 

Workshops: the RSO holds a range of workshops on the Linkage Scheme including: 

    • University-wide workshops 

    • Faculty and school-based workshops 

 

Further information:

 

For strategic advice on ARC Linkage applications:

Contact:
James Walsh
Senior Strategic Development Manager (Industry)
Research Strategy Office
Division of Research
T: +61 2 9385 7930 
M: 0412 364 592 
E: j.walsh@unsw.edu.au

 

For compliance and eligibility advice on ARC Linkage applications:

Visit the Research Grants and Contracts website

 

For advice on alternatives to ARC Linkage Projects for industry engagement and capacity at UNSW to engage in end-user research

Contact:
Warwick Dawson
Director, Knowledge Exchange
Division of Enterprise
E: w.dawson@unsw.edu.au

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The R&D Tax Incentive

The University of New South Wales is a registered Research Service Provider. Companies interested in partnering with UNSW may be eligible for the Australian Government’s R&D Tax Incentive.The Incentive provides generous support to business, particularly SMEs to conduct eligible research and development activities, through:

  • a 43.5% refundable tax offset for eligible companies with a turnover of less than $20 million p.a. (equivalent to a 150% tax deduction)

  • a 38.5% non-refundable tax offset (equivalent to 133% tax deduction) for all other eligible companies

Companies can claim a tax offset for the relevant parts of CRC contributions paid out of the entity’s own funds.  See Cooperative Research Centres Program below.

Partner Organisation contributions to a Linkage Project may be eligible for a R&D Tax incentive to the extent that the expenditure is incurred by an eligible company in respect of eligible R&D activities and provided that all other relevant requirements are met.  

Contact:
James Walsh
Senior Strategic Development Manager (Industry), RSO
T: +61 2 9385 7930 
M: 0412 364 592 
E: j.walsh@unsw.edu.au

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The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It’s a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.

It aims to:

  • improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength and in line with government priorities
  • foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations
  • encourage and facilitate small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research

The Cooperative Research Centres Program offers support to industry, research and the community through two elements:

Contact:
James Walsh
Senior Strategic Development Manager (Industry), RSO
T: +61 2 9385 7930 
M: 0412 364 592 
E: j.walsh@unsw.edu.au

 

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ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP)

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) offers a suite of funding schemes attractive to both university-based researchers and industries.

This dynamic Program will:

  • fund research hubs and research training centres;
  • support Higher Degree by Research students and postdoctoral researchers in gaining real-world practical skills and experience through placement in industry.

To achieve this, the Program will fund the following schemes:

Contact:
James Walsh
Senior Strategic Development Manager (Industry), RSO
T: +61 2 9385 7930 
M: 0412 364 592 
E: j.walsh@unsw.edu.au

 

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Innovation Connections Grant

As part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda Entrepreneurs' Programme, the Innovation Connections scheme  is a facilitation service to encourage and assist small and medium businesses to access knowledge, engage with researchers and foster innovation.Following a facilitated service, your business may seek matched financial assistance in the form of an Innovation Connections Grant.

Up to $50,000 funding is available from the Commonwealth, to be matched by an eligible Australian company, for a project up to 12 months duration. Company eligibility is based on turnover/expenditure – between $1.5-100M. The company must operate in a defined sector: Advanced Manufacturing; Food and Agribusiness; Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals; Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; Oil, Gas and Energy; or Enabling technologies and services of the sectors listed above.

This scheme is ideal as a prelude to an ARC Linkage proposal, or for a component of a Linkage proposal that may not have been funded in the recent round, with a view to a future re-submission.

For more information contact:

Warwick Dawson
Director, Knowledge Exchange
Division of Enterprise
E: w.dawson@unsw.edu.au

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Innovate NSW

The Innovate NSW initiative provides funding to businesses in NSW to develop innovative technological solutions to key challenges in their market sectors.  

The initiative include four elements:

These schemes have enabled businesses to successfully partner with UNSW to obtain funding. 

For more information contact:

Warwick Dawson
Director, Knowledge Exchange
Division of Enterprise
E: w.dawson@unsw.edu.au

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TechVouchers

The NSW Government’s TechVouchers scheme aims to facilitate research collaborations between small-to-medium enterprises and research organisations like UNSW.  TechVouchers up to a value of $15,000 are available to companies interested in accessing research and development expertise to enhance or validate their products and services.  TechVouchers can be used to fund product or process design, technical assistance, product trials and collaborative research projects.

Details regarding eligibility and funding are available at the NSW Department of Trade and Investment website

For more information contact:

Warwick Dawson
Director, Knowledge Exchange
Division of Enterprise
E: w.dawson@unsw.edu.au

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SIEF STEM+ Business Funding - for Early Career Researcher-in-Residence Placements with SMEs

The SIEF STEM+ Business Fellowship program is a new scheme which provides funding support to enable Australian SMEs to undertake 2-3 year research projects with Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from Australian research organisations.

The program aims to:

  • build deeper connections and collaboration between researchers and SMEs

  • accelerate the adoption of new ideas and technology

  • help SMEs grow into larger and more profitable organisations

The CSIRO’s SME research 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 to support projects involving:

  • the placement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics ECRs from Australian publicly-funded research organisations and Australian universities with SMEs 

  • development and implementation of new ideas with commercial potential.

Businesses are required to make a cash contribution that matches the value of the STEM+ Business grant.

Details regarding eligibility and funding are available on the CSIRO website.

For more information contact:

Warwick Dawson
Director, Knowledge Exchange
Division of Enterprise
E: w.dawson@unsw.edu.au

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