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Key facts

  • Funding targets innovative research in areas of economic priority for South Australia
  • Supports funding for major research collaborations between universities, industry, government and private and public companies to address research challenges
  • Premier’s Research and Industry Fund support of up to $4 million over four years available.


For eligibility criteria see Research Consortia Program Guidelines

How to apply

Successful Research Consortia will be selected through a competitive two-stage process:

Stage 1: A call for Expression of Interest (EOI) applications will be made. Submission of EOI applications close Monday 13 November at 5pm. Applications will be assessed and shortlisted by a selection panel and shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Stage 2: Successfully shortlisted applications from Stage 1 will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be assessed by a selection committee, including external subject matter experts. As part of this assessment, applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the selection committee.

How you will be assessed

Priority will be given in this round to Research Consortia that develop a specific research challenge that falls within one or more of the following broad research priority areas:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Agriculture (including food and wine).

Research addressing challenges outside of these priority areas will be considered, but research within the three priority areas will be assessed more favourably.

Proposals may include basic research but must demonstrate outcomes including knowledge transfer, commercialisation and/or customer use and benefit.

Projects must also develop and support promising early to mid-career researchers and postgraduate research students, and attract and retain world-leading researchers from within Australia and abroad.

About the program

The Premier’s Research and Industry Fund, Research Consortia Program, provides funding for major research collaborations between universities, other research organisations, government and industry to tackle major challenges in areas of significance to South Australia, aligned to the state’s economic priorities.

Funding will target innovative research that provides solutions and can be used by South Australian businesses to expand activity and create jobs.

Research activity will develop and support local, national and international networks and collaborations that bring together academic, industry, private and public organisations to address research challenges.

It will foster opportunities for early to mid-career researchers and postgraduate research students.