Release type: Media Release


$74 million to bring Australian research and industry together


The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Education and Youth

The Morrison Government is investing $74 million to open 16 new research hubs and training centres around the country, as part of the commitment to commercialising Australian research. 

Under the Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP), $36.4 million will fund eight new Research Hubs and $37.8 million will see eight new Training Centres commence operations.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the projects will create stronger research and industry connections in areas including energy, biomedical technology and agriculture.

“These facilities will bring together our finest research minds and leading businesses to tackle the key strategic challenges facing our nation, our region and the world,” Minister Tudge said.

“They will ensure we are getting the most out of our world-class research while transferring that information into real-world outcomes that will help our post-COVID economic recovery and strengthen our nation.”

“The training centres will also equip our future generation of researchers by giving students and postdoctoral researchers practical skills and experience through industry placements.”

The eight Industrial Transformation Research Hubs include:

ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health, led by Professor Chun Wang at the University of New South Wales. 

ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub for Resilient and Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (RIIS) in Urban, Resources and Energy Sectors, led by Professor Nasser Khalili at the University of New South Wales.

ARC Research Hub in Intelligent Robotic Systems for Real-Time Asset Management, led by Professor Ian Manchester at the University of Sydney.

ARC Research Hub for Nutrients in a Circular Economy (NiCE), led by Professor Ho Kyong Shon at University of Technology Sydney.

ARC Research Hub for Supercharging Tropical Aquaculture Through Genetic Solutions, led by Professor Dean Jerry at James Cook University. 

ARC Research Hub for Functional and Sustainable Fibres, led by Professor Joselito Razal at Deakin University.

ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing with 2D Materials (AM2D), led by Professor Mainak Majumder at Monash University. 

ARC Research Hub for Digital Bioprocess Development, led by Professor Sally Gras at the University of Melbourne.  

The eight Industrial Transformation Training Centres include:

ARC Training Centre for Accelerated Future Crop Development, led by Professor Barry Pogson at the Australian National University.

ARC Training Centre for Facilitated Advancement of Australia's Bioactives (FAAB), led by Professor Alison Rodger at Macquarie University.

ARC Training Centre in Energy Technologies for Future Grids, led by Professor Kashem Muttaqi at the University of Wollongong.

ARC Training Centre for Behavioural Insights for Technology Adoption (BITA), led by Professor Uwe Dulleck at Queensland University of Technology.

ARC Training Centre in Bioplastics and Biocomposites, led by Associate Professor Steven Pratt at the University of Queensland. 

ARC Training Centre for Optimal Ageing, led by Associate Professor Yen Ying Lim at Monash University.

ARC Training Centre for Healing Country, led by Professor Stephen van Leeuwen at Curtin University.

ARC Training Centre for Next-Gen Technologies in Biomedical Analysis, led by Professor Killugudi Swaminatha-Iyer at the University of Western Australia. 

Full details of the new ARC research hubs and training centres are available on the ARC website. For more information about the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program please visit the ARC website