More money for applied research

The Australian Research Council opens applications for Industry Laureate Fellowships

It’s part of a $215m programme which will run for four (unless it is five – the ARC is not fixed) years and is open to researchers from industry or academia.

The purpose is to “facilitate the development of high-quality and impactful collaborations between university and industry shareholders to solve industry challenges.”

Applicants can be “senior researchers with an exemplary record of research translation” and “senior industry professionals looking to build and transform an emerging industry.”

As previously announced there will be a maximum eight industry laureates (CMM September 1).

It’s part of the government’s applied research push, which looks similar to the previous government’s plan – although without the coalition’s proposed oversight to keep researchers on a commercial track (CMM February 3).