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Mobility Scheme Overview

South Australia’s first Mobility Scheme provides opportunities for industry representatives to work within UniSA, or for UniSA researchers to work within your business, for up to 12 months, facilitating the transfer of expertise, training and skills.

Key features of the scheme include:

  • Facilitates secondments/placements in both directions (industry to UniSA and vice versa)
  • Salary and on-costs are funded
  • Funding or seniority of secondee is not limited 
  • Secondments will cover up to 1.0FTE and up to 12 months duration
  • No default co-investment required, industry simply pays for the activities (if required)
  • Application rounds every 6 weeks to facilitate a quick response

How does accessing the Scheme help my business?

South Australia’s first Mobility Scheme provides opportunities for industry representatives to work within UniSA, or for UniSA researchers to work within a business, for up to 12 months. This scheme can facilitate the transfer of expertise, provide training and skill development or assist with projects that require additional skilled personnel. 

The Scheme prioritises the support of collaborative initiatives between the University and the partner business to achieve defined outcomes, including project work relating to tackling specific industry challenges, facilitating knowledge transfer, and the opportunity to develop and upskill staff. 

What support is available through the Mobility Scheme?

Through this scheme, funding will cover the full salary costs (including on-costs) for an industry or UniSA staff member for a secondment term of up to 12 months duration. The secondment term is flexible around the amount of time spent per week within an organisation.

Eligible companies must have at least two years of finances and current, or proposed, operations in South Australia, along with demonstrated intention to benefit the State’s economy.

Please contact the FIA Program Manager to achieve the application deadline you’re working towards.   

- 25 Mobility Grants have already been awarded

How do I apply for the Mobility Scheme?

Deadlines for the scheme occur every 6 weeks for a quick response. The FIA Program Manager will ensure you have included the necessary information prior to submission. To apply for this scheme follow the steps below.

  • Contact the FIA Program Manager to discuss the work required (all companies must meet with the FIA Program Manager before submission)
  • As a collaborative team, complete the short application form (below)
  • Send a draft to the FIA Program Manager for feedback. The first draft should be submitted weeks before the intended deadline to allow due process and optimisation
  • Agree on intellectual property arrangements as part of submission.

After the final submission, applicants are invited to a Committee meeting. Notifications are provided within 48 hours (business days) of the Committee meeting.

Applications should be co-developed by the industry partner and UniSA researcher(s) and must be written in the style of a business case where the problem/opportunity that the secondment will address, and the anticipated deliverables and impact from the secondment, are clearly articulated.

All applications to the Mobility Scheme must be written in accessible language that is easy to understand and where technical or discipline specific terminology is explained. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will generally be assessed within six weeks from submission by the Mobility Scheme assessment panel.

For industry: If you're interested in a Mobility Grant, please contact the FIA Manager in the first instance. Our team can partner you with a UniSA staff member to meet the needs of your project. If you already have a connection at the University and would like to take up a Mobility Grant with this contact, please ensure you both contribute to the application before you submit this to the FIA Manager.

For UniSA staff: In the first instance, please consult with your direct Line Manager and/or Head of School as to the appropriateness and focus of your proposed secondment. If the proposed secondment is identified as being well suited, then carefully review the scheme Guidelines and Application Form.

To be eligible for FIA funding, the lead UniSA supervisor must be a FII Affiliate or an employee at FII. The affiliate application process is simple. To start your application please contact the FIA Project Officer.

Application Documents

FIA Mobility Scheme Guidelines
FIA Mobility Scheme Application Form

For further information please contact

Mark Saunders
Program Manager: Future Industries Accelerator
Phone: (08) 8302 7195
Email: mark.saunders@unisa.edu.au