National Innovation and Science Agenda released

Monday 7 December 2015


Today the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, welcomed an exciting new National Innovation and Science Agenda for Australia.

The Agenda will see a focus on building world-class research including new funding for national scale research infrastructure and preparing students from the earliest years for the digital age.

National Innovation and Science Agenda

The Government has committed to the following initiatives in the Education and Training portfolio as part of the agenda:

  • A sustainable, whole of government approach to critical research infrastructure through $1.5 billion over 10 years for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) as part of a broader a ten year commitment of $2.3 billion over 10 years
  • Sharper incentives for university-industry engagement through streamlining university research block grants – in 2017, around $885 million will support the costs of research at Australian universities and around $948 million will support the training of the next generation of researchers and innovators.
  • Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM – by providing $64.6 million in new funding for Department of Education and Training initiatives to help students embrace the digital age and prepare for the jobs of the future.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects Scheme – continuous application process to ensure the application process and funding scheme is more responsive to the needs and priorities of business
  • Measuring impact and engagement in university research – through the introduction of a national impact and engagement assessment system which will assess the benefits flowing from university research and incentivise university-industry collaboration

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