We have a supportive and collaborative community dedicated to developing future global leaders and working with Defence and other industries to make deep links for ground-breaking discoveries. We can advise on potential access to Commonwealth and state-level funding dedicated to supporting collaborations between industry partners and universities. We have expertise and experience working with our research partners, from conception through to commercialisation.
Explore how you can partner with UNSW Canberra to facilitate knowledge transfer and scale the impact of your organisation.
The ARC Linkage Program is a funding scheme that enables external partner organisations to undertake collaborative research projects with UNSW Canberra at ADFA.
The program supports research projects with industry, government, defence, and community organisations. It’s designed to advance Australian research and innovation globally to benefit the broader Australian community. The scheme works alongside researchers to apply advanced knowledge to answer questions and solve problems.
Grant funding is predominantly provided by the ARC, with partner organisations providing a mix of cash and in-kind support. Almost all public, private, community, government and not-for-profit organisations are eligible as partner organisations, provided they are not primarily funded for research or research-related activities by government.
For important dates, compliance and eligibility advice, please see Research Grants and Contracts.
The CRC Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers, and the community. With an emphasis on solving industry-identified problems through outcome-focused research partnerships, the CRC Program aims to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.
The CRC Program offers support to industry, research and the community through two grants:
Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) grants - to support medium to long term industry-led collaborative research, up to 10 years.
Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants - to support short term, industry-led collaborative research, up to three years.
For support with CRC Program application and administration contact the Research Strategy Office at linkage.RSO@unsw.edu.au
Innovation Connections allows the research sector to be matched with relevant businesses to undertake collaborative research projects, leading to imaginative solutions to business development challenges.
As part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda Entrepreneurs' Program, the Innovation Connections Grant scheme is a facilitation service to encourage and assist small and medium businesses to access knowledge, engage with researchers, and foster innovation. Following a facilitated service, your business may seek matched financial assistance in the form of an Innovation Connections Grant.
Up to $50,000 of funding is available from the Australian Government, to be matched by an eligible Australian company, for a project up to 12 months duration. Company eligibility is based on turnover/expenditure – between $1.5 and $100 million. The company must operate in a defined sector:
This scheme is ideal as a prelude to an ARC Linkage proposal, or for a component of a Linkage proposal that may not have been funded in the recent round, with a view to a future re-submission.
The NSW Government’s TechVouchers Scheme aims to facilitate research collaborations between small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) incorporated in NSW and research organisations like UNSW Canberra. TechVouchers up to a value of $15,000 are available to companies interested in accessing research and development expertise to enhance or validate their products and services. TechVouchers can be used to fund product or process design, technical assistance, product trials and collaborative research projects.
Eligible businesses can use a TechVoucher to:
seed a research project in partnership with a Boosting Business Innovation Program (BBIP) delivery partner
support a research project that will lead to an application for an Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Programme Research Connections or Accelerating Commercialisation, or another similar scheme
fund product or process design activities, such as engineering or technical design expertise to determine prototype structure, function, and or materials
access technical assistance
trial production runs or processes to demonstrate technical concepts
validate or demonstrate technical capabilities of a product, process, or technology
In order to be eligible, companies must:
be incorporated in NSW
have fewer than 200 employees
turnover less than AU$30 million per annum
have been in operation for at least one year
be able to demonstrate the ability to match the applicable voucher amount in cash
conduct the majority of the proposed activities in NSW, in partnership with a BBIP delivery partner.
Further details regarding eligibility and funding are available at the NSW Government website.
The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) aims to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals by supporting innovative, industry-driven research into pressing cybersecurity problems.
We're looking for talented PhD and Master by Research candidates, and honours students to join our team in solving challenging problems across all areas in cybersecurity – from technical to human aspects. Potential postdoctoral research fellows may also be interested in developing research proposals with the team for consideration.
Successful candidates will be awarded a CSCRC graduate research scholarship or postdoctoral research fellowship.
Applications accepted on a continuous basis
Dependent upon chosen program
Up to $50,000 per annum for PhD and MRes students
Up to $113,138 per annum for postdoctoral research fellowships
PhD; Masters by Research (MRes); Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PDoc)
Australian Permanent Residents
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International students from other 5-Eyes countries (US, UK, Canada, New Zealand) 
Dependent upon chosen program
UNSW Canberra Cyber
In the first instance, prospective applicants should discuss their qualifications and research proposal with UNSW Canberra Cyber’s Director of Research, Professor Monica Whitty. In addition to an Expression of Interest (EOI), you will also need to provide:
For further information relating to admission requirements for High Degree by Research programs and program application deadlines for UNSW Canberra, please visit Postgraduate Research.
Visit the Cyber Security CRC website for more information about the organisation.
We're a global university with an international reputation for providing exceptional education and world-leading research. Whether you want to broaden your general knowledge, pursue postgraduate research, or upskill to take the next step in your career, our unique range of degrees and study options will propel you into an exciting and fulfilling future.
Explore our postgraduate degrees, professional education programs, and scholarship opportunities to discover the career development options available to you.
Expand your knowledge and expertise with one of our postgraduate coursework degrees. We offer a range of flexible, online programs that can be completed in as little as one year.
We’re at the forefront of many new developments and offer superior programs and research opportunities. Earn a highly respected and internationally recognised qualification and work with leading academics and researchers in your chosen field.
Our flexible short courses are the perfect way to upskill or revamp your knowledge in cybersecurity.
We know you're juggling other commitments, so we offer flexible study options.
In addition to these research funding opportunities, UNSW offers a wide range of scholarships and funding to both domestic and international students at all levels of study.
If you're interested in partnering with us on one of the schemes listed above, please contact us and provide brief details about your organisation and research needs.