New program to drive industry-research collaboration

A new program has been launched that will fund placements for up to 12 months for researchers to work within a business, or for industry representatives to work within UniSA, to transfer and exchange expertise, training and skills.

The Future Industries Accelerator Mobility Grants Scheme will drive industry-research collaboration, encourage innovation and help drive economic growth in South Australia.

The first placements involve IPACS, an Australian technology company headquartered in Adelaide, and Bionomics, a biopharmaceutical company in Thebarton making better treatments for cancer.

Funded by the State Government, the program is being delivered through UniSA’s Future Industries Institute with placement opportunities available across UniSA.

Future Industries Institute Director, Professor Emily Hilder, says the Mobility Grants Scheme provides a strong incentive for the University and local industries to collaborate.

“In an Australian context, this is hugely valuable because industry R&D budgets are generally very tight,” Prof Hilder says.

“Through this scheme, the State Government is providing vital support for industry to advance technologies and product refinement, at the same time as ensuring University researchers can apply their expertise and insights in real world commercial contexts.”

Science and Information Minister Kyam Maher says the scheme is the first of its kind in South Australia.

“South Australia is home to some exceptional researchers and through this scheme, we can help industry tap into these great minds to help solve industry specific problems, introduce new products and services and provide opportunities to develop and up skill staff,” he says.

Applications for the next round of the Mobility Grant Scheme close Thursday 25 January 2018.

: Trajan Scientific and Medical Business Unit General Manager Dr Anne Collins, UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation Professor Tanya Monro, Science and Information Minister Kyam Maher and Future Industries Institute Director Professor Emily Hilder at the launch