AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH LANDSCAPE

AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION LANDSCAPE

In October 2020, The Australian Government released its Manufacturing Strategy, which aims to strengthen Australian manufacturing capabilities, sovereignty and resilience. In order to reach such objective, the strategy is implementing a legal and administrative framework favorable to the industrial sector’s development. It further promotes the dialogue between research and industry, to stimulate both knowledge transfer and innovation.

 

The Modern Manufacturing Strategy focus on six industrial fields that represent strategical opportunities for Australia: Space, Medical Products, Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing, Food and Beverage, Defence and Recycling and Clean Energy.

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PRINCIPAL AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH ACTORS

  • The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is the most important agency for Australian federal research and plays an active role in the implementation of the NISA Agenda via its 2020 strategy. CSIRO Website. CSIRO Strategy

  • The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is the national nuclear organization which is at the heart of the Australian nuclear expertise. ANSTO website

  • Geoscience Australia is the organization which advises the government on all geoscience questions, but is also the custodian of the nation’s geographical and geological data and knowledge. Geoscience Website. Geoscience Australia’s Data Cube offers a new approach to organize and analyze the large quantity of satellite images and earth observation data. Data Cube Website

  • The Australian Space Agency (ASA) is a governmental organisation created in 2018, which aim is to support the Australian space industry. ASA Website.

  • Universities: There are 43 universities in Australia and some are grouped in cluster organizations that seek to advance their members’ interests.

    • The Group of Eight (Go8) is the key organisation gathering the 8 most research-intensive universities in Australia: the University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, the University of Western Australia, the University of Adelaide, Monash University, and the University of New South Wales. Go8 Website

    • The Australian Technology Network (ATN) gathers five universities with a strong emphasis in engineering: Curtin University, Deakin University, RMIT University, University of South Australia, and University of Technology Sydney. ATN Website

    • Universities Australia is the organisation representing all Australian universities and supports a sustainable national university system which can be defined by its quality, accessibility, innovation and its high level of performance, positioning Australia as a world leader and respected international partner. Universities Australia Website

FUNDING AGENCIES

  • The Australian Research Council (ARC) advises the Government on research matters and administers competitive research grants programs covering the entire scientific spectrum. ARC Website

  • The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) administers competitive research grants programs for medical research. NHMRC Website

  • The Industry Growth Centres Initiative is an initiative guided by industry and focused on domains where Australia has a high degree of competitiveness, or a strong strategic priority. Industry Growth Centres Website

  • The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program is a competitive, merit-based program, which aims to support partnerships of collaborative research led by industry, as well as gathering partners, researchers and the community. CRC Website

  • The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporations (RIRDC) were established in 1990 by the Australian government, with the objective of building an effective rural innovation system through providing industry-government investment partnerships. The government only provides funding for research, development and adoption activities in agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. RIRDC Website.