Research Development and Innovation

Successful ARC and NHMRC Grants with Industry Partners


Build networks with Industry

Working with industry is an important element of UWA's research agenda.

UWA has a strong track record of successful industry and policy grants with both the ARC and NHMRC. The Research Development team has extensive knowledge of best practice, shared regularly through personal consultations and workshops.

ARC Linkage Programs

ARC’s suite of Linkage Programs promote national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies.

The Research Development & Innovation team is well positioned to support researchers interested in ARC’s Linkage Programs, and can serve as a bridge between researchers and potential industry partners.

UWA has had success in all of the main Linkage schemes: Linkage ProjectsLinkage InfrastructureEquipment and Facilities (LIEF); the Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP); ARC Research Centres.

Linkage Projects

Support research and development (R&D) projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, which are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and which involve risk or innovation.

Proposals for funding under the Linkage Projects scheme must include at least one Partner Organisation. The Partner Organisation must make a significant contribution in cash and/or in kind, to the project that is equal to, or greater than, the ARC funding.

UWA has a strong track record of success in Linkage Projects.

In 2015, UWA had 12 successful Linkage Projects, with a total ARC investment of over $5 million.

In 2014, UWA had 13 successful Linkage Projects, with a total ARC investment of over $5 million. Examples include:

“Safeguarding Honeybees – Increasing Parasite Effectiveness using Nano Techology”
UWA Chief Investigator: ARC Future Fellow Dr Boris Baer
Partner Organisation: iCeutica Operations

“Integrated Passive and Active Control of Humming Noise from KCGM’s Haul Trucks” UWA Chief Investigator: Winthrop Professor Jie Pan

Partner Organisations: Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

“Investigation of the Thermal Performance of Rammed Earth Residential Buildings and Implications in Energy Saving Design”

UWA Chief Investigator: Senior Lecturer Daniela Ciancio

Partner Organisations: WA Department of Housing, Earth Dwellings Australia Pty Ltd

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of national and international research facilities.

UWA has a very strong track record of success in the LIEF program. In 2014, it had 8 of 14 proposals approved (57.1%), with a total value of $4,090,916 of ARC funding, leveraged by an addition $6,685,299 by collaborating organisation cash and in-kind contributions.

Industrial Transformation Research Program

Intended to support quality R&D partnerships that will help transform Australian industries, ITRP is comprised of two programs: Industrial Transformation Research Hubs and Industrial Transformation Training Centres.

In 2015, UWA is leading two of the nine successful ITRPs, for a total of nearly $10 million. The ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities will receive $5 million and a further $4.6 million will be given to the ARC Training Centre for Liquefied National Gas Futures.

ARC Research Centres

ARC-funded research centres support large teams to undertake focused and sustained investigations into, and find solutions to, challenging and important problems. The funding enables groups of first-class researchers to come together to work on a problem and to leverage additional research funding from other sources.

ARC Centres of Excellence

ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority. Through ARC Centres of Excellence, a high level of collaboration occurs between universities and other organisations in Australia and overseas.

Currently, UWA is home to 11 ARC Centres of Excellence, in areas ranging from All-sky Astrophysics to History of Emotions, to Vision Science. For the full list, see:

National Health and Medical Research Council

The NHMRC is Australia’s leading expert body for: supporting health and medical research; developing health advices for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and providing advice on ethical behaviours in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research. The NHMRC currently have several grant programs aimed at developing partnerships between researchers, policy makers, and industry.

NHMRC Development Grants

The Development Grants Scheme provides funding support to individual researchers, research teams, or a Health and Medical Research company in partnership with a researcher/s to undertake research at the early proof-of principle or pre-seed stage. The Scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.

UWA’s recent success in this area includes four successful Development Grants in 2014, for a total of $2,437,147:

  • Professor William Morgan, Non-invasive intra-cranial pressure measurement
  • Professor Barry Marshall, Immunotherapy for childhood eczema
  • Associate Professor Vincent Wallace, Development of an intra-operative tool for tumour margin assessment during surgery
  • Associate Professor Robert McLaughlin, Development of microscope-in-a needle devices for improved clinical diagnostics

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Projects

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Projects (Partnership Projects) help create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions and undertake research and also to interpret and implement the findings. UWA is proactively developing applications for this round.