Collaboration key focus of research policy and funding report

Mechatronics studentsThe Australian Technology Network (ATN) is delighted that improving university-industry collaboration is a key focus of the Ian Watt Review of research policy and funding arrangements.

A majority of recommendations have been adopted from the ATN/Ai Group Innovate and Prosper report released earlier in the year.

“We support an equal split between research excellence and end-user engagement drivers in the allocation of Research Block Grants (RBGs),” says ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh.

“This realignment of RBGs will create incentives for industry-university collaboration and will in turn help improve the productivity and prosperity of Australia.”

“The ATN also supports the report’s recommendation for an additional funding of $50 million per annum to further incentivise engagement through strategic investment.”

“Proposed additional funding will support universities to increase the number of industry placements for PhD students, and will help initiatives like the ATN’s Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC) to grow and flourish.”

The ATN’s IDTC is the only national industry doctoral training program in Australia which incorporates a 4 year PhD program combining a traditional PhD thesis with a topic developed with industry, as well as training in professional and broad technical skills required by industry.

“We need to invest if we are serious about the future of Australia and the training of highly skilled and agile research graduates will go a long way to strengthening our innovation ecosystem.”

“We support recommendations for improved management of IP to ensure that the maximum benefit from research outputs are realised.  

“The ATN also welcomes an impact and engagement assessment framework which will provide a more complete picture of the research landscape in Australia,”

The ATN have long been champions on building partnerships and engaging with business to ensure our research benefits the community and addresses areas of national importance, societal challenges and global trends.

“Now is the time for Government, universities and industry to unite and work together to deliver an innovation-led economy that will keep Australia competitive on the global stage,” says Ms Hindmarsh.

Read the ATN submission to the Ian Watt Review.