ARC SCHEME INFORMATION: LINKAGE PROGRAM
T he ARC Centres of Excellence scheme supports prestigious focal points of expertise through which high-quality researchers collaboratively maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority. ARC Centres of Excellence facilitate significant resources of universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and businesses to be concentrated to support outstanding research in all fields (except clinical medical research). The Industrial Transformation collaboration to allow the complementary research Research Hubs scheme engages Australia’s best researchers to develop collaborative solutions to Industrial Transformation Priorities, Research Hubs support joint research activity, between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that cannot be realised independently of each other. This scheme supports collaborative research projects between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education
sector that involve cutting-edge research on new technologies; and leverages national and international investment in targeted industry and other research end-users. The Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other researchers. Training Centres deliver innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training, focusing on creating end-user research capability that is vital to Australia’s future through developing solutions relevant to the Industrial Transformation Priorities. The scheme supports HDR candidates and postdoctoral researchers to undertake industrial training; supports research collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector; and strengthen the capabilities of industry and research end-users in identified Industrial Transformation Priority areas. The Linkage Projects scheme supports projects which initiate or develop long-term strategic research alliances
to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research. The scheme supports the development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry and other research end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems; provides opportunity for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector; and enhances the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas. The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to Eligible Organisations. The scheme enables researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive research infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry. The scheme supports excellent basic and applied research and research training through
the acquisition of research equipment and infrastructure and access to national and international research facilities; and encourages Eligible Organisations to develop collaborative arrangements with other Eligible Organisations and/ or Partner Organisations for the acquisition and use of research equipment and infrastructure or access to national and international facilities. The Special Research Initiatives scheme supports high-quality research for targeted areas which the Australian Government has identified as important for advancing Australia’s research excellence to be globally competitive and delivering benefits to the community. This extends, but is not limited, to supporting research-related activities which will respond to emerging opportunities or changing priorities. The scheme provides funding to support: cooperative activities amongst researchers; cooperative development of national and international linkages; cooperative development of innovative research areas; and activities aimed at building the scale and focus of research and research training.
ARC SCHEME INFORMATION
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