At the University of Newcastle our research is focused on providing innovative solutions to real-world problems. We actively engage with industry, business and government to deliver high impact quality research.
Our two flagship research institutes; the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), demonstrate our commitment to developing practical and productive partnerships with industry, government and community.
As one of the top ranked research Universities in Australia, we offer a range of partnership opportunities and expertise across disciplines.
If you would like to find out more about how your organisation can collaborate with the University of Newcastle, please contact the Research Development Team.
We offer our research partners access to world-class resources and research expertise with financial support through government incentives and funding schemes such as the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme and R&D Tax Incentive.
Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme provides support for collaborative research and development projects between higher education organisations and industry that aim to acquire new knowledge through innovation. For eligible projects the Council will award grants in the range of $50,000 to $300,000 per annum.
Who can be a partner?
- private sector organisations, both industry and not for profit
- most state, territory and Commonwealth government departments and organisations.
How will you organisation benefit?
- leverage up to four times your cash contribution in commonwealth funds
- develop links with one of Australia’s leading research universities through direct collaboration
- opportunities to recruit our outstanding research scholars
- access to research and development tax concessions.
What will be required of your organisation if you become a partner?
- a minimum cash contribution of 25 per cent of ARC funds for the project
- total cash plus in-kind contributions equal to ARC funds
- active participation in the project
- a written research agreement with the University that outlines roles, contributions and intellectual property arrangements.
R&D Tax Incentive
The University of Newcastle is a registered Research Service Provider (RSP) and partner organisations may be eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive available through the Australian Taxation Office and AusIndustry.
As an RSP we are recognised as holding the appropriate scientific or technical expertise and resources to perform research and development on behalf of other companies.
The benefits of collaborating with an RSP include the R&D tax offset for eligible expenditure on registered R&D activities, even where the company’s total claim is less than the usual threshold of $20,000 in an income year.
Confirmation of eligibility for the R&D tax concession should be sought from the company taxation advisers. This advice cannot be given by the University.