Our program is available to all Australian universities and is designed to support industry-university relationships to drive research translation and commercialisation. Guide your PhD candidates to develop solutions to real-world problems in partnership with industry and CSIRO.
Expressions of interest
If you are a university researcher who has a project idea in mind, or work in a Graduate Research School and would like to learn more about how the program can be integrated into your university, please contact us.
Expressions of interest will open from 1 February to 19 April 2024 for new projects.
- access an industry PhD training program aligned to national priorities
- develop new or strengthen existing relationships with industry and CSIRO
- enhance innovation and the commercialisation potential of research with industry and CSIRO
- provide PhD students with an opportunity to develop industry-focused professional skills
- gain access to CSIRO and industry facilities, infrastructure, and expertise.
Program funding and support
The iPhD program is funded by the Australian Government and the industry partner for up to four years. Funding for each year consists of three components:
- Student Scholarship of $47,020 p.a. (2025 rate) comprising of $35,020 p.a. provided by the Government and $12,000 p.a. provided by the industry partner.
- Project Expense and Development package of up to $13,000 p.a. provided by the Government for research operating costs and research skill development.
- Student career and professional development training funding provided by the Government and developed/delivered by CSIRO.
Program funding amounts increase annually. Please refer to our Program Rules for yearly rates.
iPhD projects must:
- align with CSIRO and Government priorities
- address an industry problem while complying with the university PhD requirements
- be with an Australian industry partner or an industry partner with an Australian presence
- be limited to domestic students
- be up to four years duration
- include at least 60 workdays of project related activities under the guidance of the industry partner, which is referred to as the Industry Engagement component.
- provide a suitably experienced researcher to supervise the PhD student
- lead student advertising, recruitment, and enrolment processes with support from CSIRO
- provide access to facilities and infrastructure if required for the project
- provide a fee off-set for the student
- monitor and assess the student in accordance with the university’s Higher Degree by Research policies.
Project development stages
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are accepted from 1 February each year. The round will be divided into two phases, a primary phase with EOIs due on 19 April, and a secondary phase with EOIs due on 23 August. EOIs must meet program eligibility requirements and will be evaluated against assessment criterion. Please refer to our Program Rules for further information. If successful, a Collaboration Agreement will be executed between the involved parties and the project is then advertised via the participating university for a student. For EOI's submitted in 2024, projects are expected to start late 2024/early 2025.
- Program Rules PDF (498 KB)
- Program Rules TXT (28 KB)
- Expression of Interest form PDF (1 MB) (read only, request editable copy by emailing the iPhD team)
- Expression of Interest form TXT (15 KB)
- University partner brochure PDF (116 KB)
- University partner brochure TXT (3 KB)
- Program factsheet PDF (59 KB)
- Program factsheet TXT (2 KB)
Activities should provide students with relevant tools and experience to better contextualise and apply research in an industry setting. Potential activities may include:
- understanding the research needs of the industry partner and/or the broader industry
- undertaking practical research translation activities under the guidance of the industry partner
- testing research assumptions and innovations in an industry setting with end-users.