Pioneering universities shortlisted to drive economic recovery

Breakthrough research commercialization proposals in the six national manufacturing priority areas, including food and beverage, recycling and clean energy, defense, medical products, space and critical resources and technologies , are among those who will be shortlisted to play a leading role in securing Australia. economic recovery.

Acting Minister for Education and Youth, Stuart Robert, today announced the eight shortlisted projects to compete for a share of the $242.7 million in funding under the Morrison Government’s new Trailblazer Universities scheme .

“The program will see the best minds in research and industry working together to develop Australian technologies, products and businesses to create jobs and boost the economy,” said Minister Robert.

“The high quality of the 21 proposals we received demonstrates the strong will of universities and businesses to work more closely together on projects of national importance.

“The four proposals that ultimately succeed in receiving funding will lead Australia’s research commercialization efforts and support our critical national manufacturing priorities.”

“They will also help demonstrate what it takes to build successful and lasting partnerships between university and private sector researchers that put the national interest first.”

The shortlisted candidates are:

  • University of Queensland, Food and Beverage – Accelerating Growth in Australian Food and Beverage Manufacturing
  • Charles Sturt University, Food and Drink – Reshaping Australian Manufacturing: Food and Drink Marketing Hub
  • Deakin University, Recycling and clean energy – Recycling and Renewable Energy Commercialization Hub (REACH)
  • University of New South Wales, Recycling and Clean Energy – Australian Trailblazer for Recycling and Clean Energy (ATRaCE)
  • University of Adelaide, Defense – Pioneering Defense for Sovereign Capability (CSC) Concept
  • University of Melbourne, Medical Products – Pioneer in Medical Products
  • University of Southern Queensland, Space – Innovative Launch, Automation, New Materials, Communications and Hypersonic Hub (The iLAuNCH Hub)
  • Curtin University, Resource Technologies and Critical Minerals – Resource Technology Pioneer

The proposals were selected by a panel of academic, industrial, scientific and research leaders, including:

  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) Deputy Secretary Tony Cook PSM (Chair)
  • Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, Emeritus Professor Paul Wellings CBE
  • Andrew Stevens, Australian President of Industrial Innovation and Science
  • Judi Zielke, CSIRO Chief Operating Officer
  • Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Deputy First Secretary Janean Richards
  • DESE First Deputy Secretary Dom English

The total value of proposals submitted under the Trailblazer Universities program was $2.9 billion in funding and in-kind commitments from universities and their industry partners to drive research toward commercialization success.

Shortlisted universities will be asked to provide a detailed business case to further support their proposal. The results of the selection process will be announced at the end of March.

The Trailblazer Universities program is the first step in the Morrison government’s university research commercialization reform agenda.

Further information on the Trailblazer Universities program can be found at: Trailblazer Universities Program – Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Australian Government (dese.gov.au)