ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs


The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme engages Australia's best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce. The scheme supports collaborative research activity, between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable.

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to engage in cutting-edge research on new technologies and economic, commercial and social transformation which support the development of research outcomes that benefit industry partners in the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

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

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Cyber Security
  • Defence
  • Food, Beverage and Agribusiness
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Mining Equipment, Resource Technology and Services, Critical Minerals Processing
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources
  • Recycling and Clean Energy
  • Space

The scheme's objectives are to:

  • encourage collaborative R&D projects between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector that will solve challenging industry issues relevant to the Industrial Transformation Priorities
  • drive growth, productivity and competitiveness within key growth sectors
  • leverage national and international investment in targeted industry sectors, including from industry and other research end-users

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme provides project funding of $500,000 to $1 million per year for three to five years.

Partner Organisations must make combined cash and in-kind contribution to the Project that at least matches the total funding requested from the ARC. At least 75% must be in cash, depending on the number of employees (see sections A3.6 and A3.7 of the Grant Guidelines).

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Services deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 9663 (x9663), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Christine Boman

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Key Dates

Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the compliance and eligibility check date. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme  to support their external funding applications. To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the compliance and eligibility check date.

  • Applications must be submitted by the compliance and eligibility check date.
  • View further information on deadlines, processes and FAQs.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation [DDRI]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.

For funding commencing in 2024:

  • Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: TBA
  • ARC opening date in RMS: Wednesday 11 October 2023
  • Strategic review: Wednesday 1 November 2023
  • Compliance and eligibility check: Wednesday 15 November 2023
  • ARC request not to assess close: TBA
  • ARC closing date: Wednesday 29 November 2023
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: 29 July to 9 August 2024

For funding commencing in 2023:

  • Anticipated announcement: 18 to 31 August 2023

These are indicative dates from the ARC and are subject to change


Complete a Notification of Intent to inform your Faculty and the University Research Services teams of your intention to submit an application. After completing this NOI, you will be provided with regular updates about your funding scheme and sent valuable resources that will assist you in developing a highly competitive research grant application.

Grant Opportunity Information
Grant Opportunity Documents (e.g. Instructions to Applicants; GrantConnect login required)
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy

MQ ERA 2018 Outcomes
MQ Engagement and Impact 2018 Outcomes
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
MQ Conflict of Interest Policy


Jo Tuck
Strategic Research Bid & Partnership Manager
T: +61 (2) 9850 9607

Mark Reed
Strategic Research Bid Manager
T: +61 (2) 9850 2328

Research Partnerships
Research, Innovation & Enterprise

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