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This instrument revokes the Higher Education Support Act 2003 - Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010 (DIISR) and sets out the purpose and programs under which grants may be made for research and research training under subsection 41-10(1), items 7, 8, 10 and 11(b), Part 2-3 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003.
Administered by: Education and Training; Prime Minister and Cabinet
General Comments: Transitional Arrangements: The revocation of the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, dated 10 November 2010, does not affect the validity of a payment or decision made under those guidelines. A decision made under those guidelines is taken to continue to have effect as if it were made under these Guidelines.
Made 24 Sep 2012
Registered 10 Oct 2012
Tabled HR 11 Oct 2012
Tabled Senate 11 Oct 2012
Date of repeal 11 Oct 2016
Repealed by Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2017
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ATTACHMENT B

Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012

Higher Education Support Act 2003

I, CHRIS EVANS, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, pursuant to section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 ("the Act"), revoke the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, dated 10 November 2010 and make the attached Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012 for the purposes of section 41-5 of the Act.

Dated 24/9/12

 

 

CHRIS EVANS

Senator the Hon Chris Evans

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research


 

Part 1                     Preliminary

1              Name of Guidelines

These Guidelines may be cited as the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012.

2              Commencement

                These Guidelines commence on the day after they are registered.

3              Authority

These Guidelines are made under section 238‑10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 for the purposes of items 7, 8, 10 and 11(b) of the table in subsection 41-10(1).

4              Revocation

The Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, dated 10 November 2010 (F2010L03010), are revoked.

5              Transitional Arrangements

                The revocation of the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, dated 10 November 2010, does not affect the validity of a payment or decision made under those guidelines.

 

A decision made under those guidelines is taken to continue to have effect as if it were made under these Guidelines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Part 2                   Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012

 

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                                            page

 

CHAPTER i           INTRODUCTION. 5

i.i       PURPOSE. 5

i.v      INTERPRETATION. 5

i.x      OTHER GRANT FUNDING APPROPRIATION AND PAYMENTS. 6

CHAPTER 1          GRANTS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH BY, AND THE RESEARCH CAPABILITY OF, HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS. 7

INTRODUCTION  7

1.1     Purpose. 7

RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE BLOCK GRANTS. 7

1.10   RIBG Description. 7

1.12   RIBG Objectives 7

1.14   Conditions that Apply to RIBG Scheme Grants 8

1.16   Extra Conditions of Eligibility for RIBG Grants 8

1.18   RIBG Scheme Grant Amounts 8

JOINT RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT. 8

1.30   JRE Description. 8

1.32   JRE Objectives 8

1.34   Conditions that Apply to JRE Grants 8

1.36   JRE Grant Amounts 9

SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE (IN UNIVERSITIES) 9

1.50   SRE Description. 9

1.52   SRE Objectives 9

1.54   Conditions that Apply to SRE Grants 9

1.56   Extra Conditions of Eligibility for SRE Grants 9

1.58   SRE Grant Amounts 10

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE SCHEME. 10

1.70   CRIS Description. 10

1.72   CRIS Objectives 10

1.74   Conditions that Apply to CRIS Grants 10

1.76   CRIS Grant Amounts 11

CHAPTER 2          GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE TRAINING OF RESEARCH STUDENTS. 12

INTRODUCTION  12

2.1     Purpose. 12

RESEARCH TRAINING SCHEME. 12

2.10   RTS Description. 12

2.15   RTS Objectives 12

2.20   Conditions that Apply to RTS Grants 13

2.25   RTS Grant Amounts 13

COMMERCIALISATION TRAINING SCHEME. 13

2.35   CTS Description. 13

2.40   CTS Objective. 13

2.45   Conditions that Apply to CTS Grants 13

2.50   Extra Conditions of Eligibility for CTS Grants 13

2.55   How CTS Grants will be Determined. 14

2.60   Payment of CTS Grants 16

2.65   Use of CTS Grants 16

2.70   Student Eligibility for CTS Training. 16

2.75   CTS Training. 17

2.80   Interruptions to CTS Training. 18

2.85   Termination of CTS Training. 19

2.90   Application, Selection and Offer Processes for CTS Training. 19

CHAPTER 3          GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMIC INFRASTRUCTURE. 21

3.1     Purpose. 21

3.5     Bodies Corporate Eligible to Receive IAP and ASHER Grants 21

AUSTRALIAN SCHEME FOR HIGHER EDUCATION REPOSITORIES. 21

3.15   ASHER Description. 21

3.20   ASHER Objective. 21

3.25   Conditions that Apply to ASHER Grants 21

3.30   ASHER Grant Amounts 22

IMPLEMENTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.. 22

3.40   IAP Description. 22

3.45   IAP Objective. 22

3.50   Conditions that Apply to IAP Grants 22

3.55   IAP Grant Amounts 22

CHAPTER 4          GRANTS FOR ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE OF, OR PROMOTE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP IN, SCIENCE, SOCIAL SCIENCE OR THE HUMANITIES IN AUSTRALIA  24

4.1     Purpose. 24

HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH PROMOTION. 24

4.5     Organisations Eligible to Receive Grants 24

4.10   HERP Description. 25

4.15   HERP Objectives 25

4.25   HERP Grant Amounts 26

Appendix 1: Conditions of CTS Grants 27

 


CHAPTER i  INTRODUCTION

i.i           PURPOSE

The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide for Other Grants under Part 2-3 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (the Act).

i.v          INTERPRETATION

i.v.i        Unless the contrary intention appears, the terms used within the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010 have the same meaning as in the Act.

 

i.v.ii       The following terms are defined specifically for these Guidelines:

the Act                       means the Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

AAH                          Australian Academy of the Humanities

 

AAS                           Australian Academy of Science

 

AATSE                      Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering

 

ACCP                        Australian Centre for Child Protection

 

ACGR                       Australian Competitive Grants Register

 

ACoLA                      Australian Council of Learned Academies

 

ANZAAS                    Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science

 

APA                           Australian Postgraduate Awards

 

ASCED                     Australian Standard Classification of Education

 

ASHER                      Australian Scheme for Higher Education Repositories

 

ASSA                         Academy of Social Sciences of Australia

 

CHASS                      Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

 

CRIS                          Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme

 

CTS                           Commercialisation Training Scheme

 

DEEWR                    means the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

 

DIISRTE or Innovation           means the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

 

ERA                           Excellence in Research for Australia, a process for determining the quality of research in higher education providers that is administered by the Australian Research Council.

 

FASTS                       Federation Australian Scientific and Technological Societies Incorporated

 

Grant Year                means the year in respect of which the grant is made, and of which DIISRTE has notified the relevant HEP

 

Guidelines                 means these Other Grant Guidelines (Research) 2012

 

HDR                          means a higher degree by research which is a Research Doctorate or Research Masters course for which at least two-thirds of the student load for the course is required as research work

 

HEP                          means a higher education provider as specified in section 16-15 of the Act (Table A Providers) or section 16-20 of the Act (Table B Providers)

 

HERDC                    is the Higher Education Research Data Collection which is managed by DIISRTE

 

HERP                        Higher Education Research Promotion

HESDC                     is the Higher Education Student Data Collection which is managed by DEEWR

 

IAP                            Implementation Assistance Program

 

 

JRE                           Joint Research Engagement

 

Research Doctorate  has the meaning as described in the Australian Qualifications Framework

 

Research Masters      has the meaning as described in the Australian Qualifications Framework

 

RIBG                         Research Infrastructure Block Grants

 

RTS                           Research Training Scheme

 

RPF                           Regional Protection Fund

 

SRE                           Sustainable Research Excellence (in Universities)

 

the Minister               means the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

 

i.v.iii      Unless stated otherwise, references to paragraphs refer to paragraphs in these Guidelines.

i.x          OTHER GRANT FUNDING APPROPRIATION AND PAYMENTS

i.x.i        The funding for the other grants (research) grants are appropriated on a financial year basis but calculated and paid on a calendar year basis.


CHAPTER 1  GRANTS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH BY, AND THE RESEARCH CAPABILITY OF, HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS

INTRODUCTION

1.1         Purpose

 

1.1.1      The purpose of this chapter is to specify:

 

(1)                   In accordance with section 41-15(1) of the Act for the purpose described at Item 7 of the table in section 41-10 of the Act:

 

(a)            Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBG);

(b)           Joint Research Engagement (JRE);

(c)            Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE) in Universities; and

(d)           Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (CRIS).

 

(2)                   Under section 41-15(2) of the Act, some other matters relevant to the grants to support research by, and the research capability of, HEPs listed in paragraph 1.1.1(1) above.

RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE BLOCK GRANTS

1.10      RIBG Description

 

1.10.1    The RIBG scheme provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible HEPs to maintain and strengthen Australia’s knowledge base and research capabilities by developing an effective research and research training system.

1.12      RIBG Objectives

 

1.12.1    The objectives of the RIBG scheme are to:

(1)                   Remedy deficiencies in current research infrastructure;

(2)                   Enhance support for areas of research strength; and

(3)                   Ensure that areas of recognised research potential, in which institutions have taken steps to initiate high quality research activity, have access to the support necessary for development.

1.14      Conditions that Apply to RIBG Scheme Grants

 

1.14.1    Conditions that apply to RIBG scheme grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act. The latest version of the Conditions of Grant for the RIBG scheme is linked from the RIBG page on the Innovation Internet’s “Research Block Grants” web site.

1.16      Extra Conditions of Eligibility for RIBG Grants

 

1.16.1    Before the end of the year immediately preceding any particular Grant Year, DIISRTE will contact all HEPs to seek written confirmation of their intention to comply with the requirements set out in these Guidelines for the RIBG for the Grant Year. The process for seeking confirmation and its timing will be determined by DIISRTE and provided annually to HEPs.

 

1.16.2    Only HEPs that confirm their intent will be eligible for RIBG funding in respect of the Grant Year.

1.18      RIBG Scheme Grant Amounts

 

1.18.1        The RIBG scheme grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-30(b) of the Act.

 

1.18.2        Grants made through the RIBG scheme are indexed in accordance with Part 5-6 of the Act.

JOINT RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT

1.30      JRE Description

 

1.30.1    The JRE scheme provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible HEPs and has replaced the IGS from 1 January 2010. The JRE scheme gives greater emphasis to end-user research by encouraging and supporting collaborative research activities between universities, industry and end-users, beyond those specifically supported by competitive grants.

1.32      JRE Objectives

 

1.32.1    The objectives of the JRE scheme are to:

(1)                   Continue to support soft infrastructure;

(2)                   Continue to support the maintenance of capital items (not capital purchases); and

(3)                   Change the way that the level of funding for each university is calculated.

1.34    Conditions that Apply to JRE Grants

 

1.34.1    Conditions that apply to JRE grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act. The latest version of the Conditions of Grant for the JRE scheme is linked from the “JRE” page on the Innovation Internet’s “Research Block Grants” web site.

1.36      JRE Grant Amounts

 

1.36.1  The JRE grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-30(b) of the Act.

 

1.36.2  Grants made through the JRE scheme are indexed in accordance with Part 5-6 of the Act.

SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE (IN UNIVERSITIES)

1.50      SRE Description

 

1.50.1    The SRE scheme provides block grants on a calendar year basis to eligible HEPs to ensure that these institutions are better placed to meet the indirect cost of research activities that are not entirely met by the various competitive grant programs.

1.52      SRE Objectives

 

1.52.1    The SRE scheme ensures that institutions are better placed to meet the cost of research activities that are not entirely met by the various grant programs listed on the ACGR. In addition, it will contribute to the sustainability of current research strategies within universities over the longer term.

 

1.52.2    Specifically, the objectives of the SRE scheme are to:

(1)                   Address an identified shortfall in the funding available to meet the indirect costs associated with Australian competitive grant research; and

(2)                   Support universities to build and maintain research excellence through the implementation of best practice financial management, performance and reporting frameworks.

1.54      Conditions that Apply to SRE Grants

 

1.54.1    Conditions that apply to SRE grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.

1.56      Extra Conditions of Eligibility for SRE Grants

 

The SRE scheme has three separate funding elements:

(1)          Base;

(2)          Threshold 1; and

(3)          Threshold 2.

 

1.56.1        Every HEP is eligible for funding under the Base element.

 

1.56.2        Only those HEPs that agree to participate in transparent costing of the indirect costs of research, and the ERA process will be eligible for funding under Threshold 1 or Threshold 2.

 

1.56.3        The methodology for undertaking the transparent costing process will be determined by DIISRTE.

 

1.56.4        For each year where DIISRTE determines that the transparent costing process is required, DIISRTE will, before the end of the year immediately preceding that year, contact all HEPs to seek written confirmation of their intention to participate in the process. The process for seeking confirmation and its timing will be determined by DIISRTE. Only HEPs that confirm their intention will be eligible for funding under the SRE Threshold 1 and Threshold 2 elements in respect of all Grant Years to which the transparent costing process outcomes apply.

1.58      SRE Grant Amounts

 

1.58.1        The SRE grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-30(b) of the Act.

 

1.58.2        Grants made through the SRE scheme are indexed in accordance with Part 5-6 of the Act.

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE SCHEME

1.70      CRIS Description

 

1.70.1    The CRIS provides block grants, in the 2013 and 2014 calendar years, to eligible HEPs. The CRIS will provide interim funding to support the ongoing operation of critical national collaborative research infrastructure facilities to 31 December 2014.

1.72      CRIS Objectives

 

1.72.1    The objective of the CRIS is to keep operational until 31 December 2014 critical national collaborative research infrastructure facilities so that the facilities are able to provide researchers with the infrastructure and networks they require for world-class research.  

 

1.74      Conditions that Apply to CRIS Grants

 

1.74.1    Conditions that apply to CRIS grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.

 

1.76      CRIS Grant Amounts

 

1.76.1    The CRIS grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate under section 41-30(b) of the Act.

 

1.76.2    Part 5-6 of the Act will not apply to the CRIS grant amounts.

 


CHAPTER 2 GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE TRAINING OF RESEARCH STUDENTS

INTRODUCTION

2.1         Purpose

 

2.1.1      The purpose of this chapter is to specify:

 

(1)                   In accordance with section 41-15(1) of the Act for the purpose described at Item 8 of the table in section 41-10 of the Act:

 

(a)            The RTS as a program under which grants can be paid for the purpose of supporting the training of HDR students; and

 

(b)           The CTS as a program under which grants can be paid for the purpose of supporting the training of HDR students in research commercialisation.

 

(2)                   Under section 41-15(2) of the Act, some other matters relevant to the grants to support the training of research students listed in paragraph 2.1.1(1) above.

RESEARCH TRAINING SCHEME

2.10      RTS Description

 

2.10.1    The RTS provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible HEPs to support research training for domestic students undertaking Research Doctorate and Research Masters degrees. 

 

2.10.5    These students, referred to as ‘RTS students’, are exempt from payment of student contribution amounts and tuition fees for units undertaken as part of an HDR course of study.

2.15      RTS Objectives

 

2.15.1        The objectives of the RTS are to:

 

(1)                   Enhance the quality of research training provision in Australia;

 

(2)                   Improve the responsiveness of HEPs to the needs of their research students;

 

(3)                   Encourage HEPs to develop their own research training profiles;

 

(4)                   Ensure the relevance of research degree programs to labour market requirements; and

 

(5)                   Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of research training.

2.20      Conditions that Apply to RTS Grants

 

2.20.1    Conditions that apply to RTS grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act. The latest version of the Conditions of Grant for the RTS is linked from the “RTS” page on the Innovation Internet’s “Research Block Grants” web site.

2.25      RTS Grant Amounts

 

2.25.1  The RTS grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-30(b) of the Act.

 

2.25.2  Grants made through the RTS are indexed in accordance to Part 5-6 of the Act.

 

COMMERCIALISATION TRAINING SCHEME

2.35      CTS Description

 

2.35.1    The CTS provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible HEPs to support research commercialisation training for domestic HDR students. The CTS will be terminated as at 31 December 2011.

 

2.35.2    These students, referred to as ‘CTS students’, are exempt from payment of student contribution amounts and tuition fees for units undertaken as part of CTS training.

2.40      CTS Objective

 

2.40.1    The objective of the CTS is to provide high quality research commercialisation training for the next generation of Australian researchers (Research Doctorate and Research Masters students) as a means of equipping them with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to bring research-based ideas, inventions and innovations to market.

2.45      Conditions that Apply to CTS Grants

 

2.45.1    Conditions that apply to CTS grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act. The latest version of the Conditions of Grant for the CTS is at paragraph 2.50 and Appendix 1 to these Guidelines.

2.50      Extra Conditions of Eligibility for CTS Grants

 

2.50.1    Before the end of the year immediately preceding any particular Grant Year, DIISRTE will contact all HEPs to seek written confirmation of their intention to comply with the requirements set out in these Guidelines for the CTS for the Grant Year. The process for seeking confirmation and its timing will be determined by DIISRTE and provided annually to HEPs.

 

2.50.2    Only HEPs that confirm their intention to comply with those requirements will be eligible for CTS funding in respect of the Grant Year.

2.55      How CTS Grants will be Determined

 

2.55.1    HEPs preliminary CTS grant amounts will be determined according to the total CTS funds available (as determined by the Minister or his or her delegate) multiplied by each HEPs share of the initial CTS performance index which includes all eligible HEPs and is calculated according to paragraph 2.55.3. If all preliminary grant amounts are greater than the minimum CTS grant amount (as specified in paragraph 2.55.4), then the preliminary grant amounts become the final CTS grant amounts.

 

2.55.2    Where one or more HEPs have a preliminary grant amount less than or equal to the minimum CTS grant amount, but greater than zero, these  HEPs final CTS grant amount will be equal to the minimum CTS grant amount. The final CTS grant amounts for all “remaining HEPs” (i.e. those HEPs not allocated a minimum grant amount) are then determined according to a formula calculated as follows:

 

(1- ratio) x secondary grant amount + minimum CTS grant amount

 

Where:

 

(1)          The "ratio” is equal to the “excess amount” divided by the sum of the remaining  HEPs “secondary CTS grant amounts”; and

 

(2)          The “excess amount” is equal to the remaining HEPs preliminary grant amounts plus all minimum grant amounts previously allocated minus the total CTS funds available for the Grant Year; and

 

(3)          For each remaining HEP, the secondary CTS grant amount is equal to its preliminary CTS grant amount minus the minimum CTS grant amount.

 

The CTS performance index

 

2.55.3    The CTS performance index is a list of the relative performances of a group of HEPs defined for a particular purpose.

 

(1)                   The relative performances are expressed as a percentage of the sum of all performances within the defined group. Each HEPs percentage is known as a share.

 

(2)                   A share is the sum of three performance components after each has been multiplied by a proportioning factor:

 

(a)            HDR student completions performance has a proportioning factor of 0.5;

 

(b)           Research income performance has a proportioning factor of 0.4; and

 

(c)            Research publications performance has a proportioning factor of 0.1.

 

HDR student completions performance

 

(3)                   HDR student completions performance for a HEP is equal to a HEPs weighted completions divided by total weighted completions of a defined group of HEPs.

 

(4)                   Weighted completions equals the sum of all categories of completions after each has been multiplied by the specified weighting factor:

 

(a)            Research Doctorate degree has a weighting factor of 2; and

 

(b)           Research Masters degree has a weighting factor of 1.

 

(5)                   Each category of data is the average of the most recent two years for which data is available and is sourced from the HESDC.

 

Research income performance

 

(6)                   Research income performance for a HEP is equal to a HEPs weighted research income divided by total weighted research income of a defined group of HEPs.

 

(7)                   Weighted research income equals the sum of the following categories of research income:

 

(a)            Australian competitive grants income has a weighting factor:

 

(b)           Other public sector research income has a weighting factor of 1;

 

(c)            Industry and other research income has a weighting factor of 1; and

 

(d)           Cooperative Research Centres research income has a weighting factor of 1.

 

(8)                   Each category of data is the average of the most recent two years for which data is available and is sourced from the HERDC.

 

Research publications performance

 

(9)                   Research publications performance for a HEP is equal to a HEPs weighted research publications divided by total weighted research publications of a defined group of HEPs.

 

(10)               Weighted research publications equals the sum of all categories of research publications after each has been multiplied by the specified weighting factor:

 

(a)            Books have a weighting factor of 5 ;

 

(b)           Book chapters have a weighting factor of 1;

 

(c)            Journal articles have a weighting factor of 1; and

 

(d)           Conference papers have a weighting factor of 1.

 

(11)               Each category of data is the average of the most recent two years for which data is available and is sourced from the HERDC.

 

Minimum Grant Amounts

 

2.55.4    2011 and later years. The minimum CTS grant amount of $22,480 that applied in 2011 will be indexed for subsequent years in accordance with the method of indexation set out in Part 5‑6 of the Act.

2.60      Payment of CTS Grants

 

2.60.1    CTS grants will be made to the HEPs by instalments in the manner and at the times determined by the Minister, or his or her delegate, respectively, under sections 164-5(1) and (2) of the Act.

2.65      Use of CTS Grants

 

2.65.1    A HEP must spend CTS grants only on:

 

(1)                   Providing CTS training to its CTS students; or

 

(2)                   Payments to another HEP to provide CTS training on behalf of the HEP in accordance with a separate written agreement between the HEPs.

 

2.65.2    In addition to providing CTS training as specified in paragraph 2.65.1, a HEP may make payments to its CTS students in order to assist them to meet the direct costs of undertaking CTS training such as the provision of a stipend for living costs or the provision of allowances.

2.70      Student Eligibility for CTS Training

 

2.70.1    To be eligible to receive benefit under the CTS, a student must:

 

(1)                   Be enrolled in a HDR; and

 

(2)                   Be a domestic student, as defined in the Act; and

 

(3)                   Not have previously completed CTS training or training consistent with that described in paragraph 2.75.

 

2.70.2    Students who, under any circumstances, are entitled to receive credit towards the CTS qualification from prior studies can only receive benefit under the CTS for the remaining period of study necessary to complete CTS training.

 

2.70.3    Students who fail to complete CTS training within 24 months from the date of commencement of the CTS training (plus any periods of suspension or leave approved by HEPs) are ineligible to receive further support under the CTS.

 

2.70.4    Students who have commenced CTS training prior to submitting their HDR thesis may be exempted from paragraph 2.70.1(a) for a period of six months from the date of submission of their HDR thesis (subject to paragraph 2.70.3) only to allow them to complete CTS training.

 

2.70.5    HEPs must monitor students’ ongoing eligibility to ensure that each student continues to meet the eligibility requirements set out in these Guidelines.

 

Provision of False Information

 

2.70.6    If a HEP knows or has reason to believe that a student in receipt of benefit under the program has provided false or misleading information to the HEP in relation to the program, the HEP must immediately:

 

(1)                   Re-assess the student’s entitlement to benefit under the program; and

 

(2)                   Notify DIISRTE of the suspected offence and provide a copy of the student’s application and any other relevant information requested by DIISRTE.

2.75             CTS Training

 

General Requirements

 

2.75.1        CTS training must:

 

(1)                   Result in a graduate certificate qualification being awarded by a Table A or Table B HEP (as specified in section 16-15 or section 16-20 of the Act) to students that complete CTS training to the satisfaction of the HEP; and

 

(2)                   Take no longer than six months full-time study or equivalent part-time study to complete; and

 

(3)                   Be in addition to a student’s HDR course load; and

 

(4)                   Add value to a student’s HDR experience; and

 

(5)                   Enhance a student’s career prospects; and

 

(6)                   Be customised to meet individual student needs wherever possible; and

 

(7)                   Involve industry and other relevant expertise in the on-going development, delivery and evaluation of the training.

 

Course Requirements.

 

2.75.2    CTS training courses must demonstrate capacity to provide learning in three knowledge areas, being commercialisation know-how, technical commercialisation skills and organisational behaviour skills. Details are:

 

(1)                   Commercialisation know-how: Students must gain an understanding of commercialisation processes and activities commonly employed to bring research-based ideas, inventions and innovations to market;

 

(2)                   Technical commercialisation skills: Students must gain a comprehensive understanding of relevant technical commercialisation subject areas. Intellectual Property management is a mandatory area of learning. Other technical commercialisation subject areas covered may be determined by HEPs taking into account individual student needs but, wherever possible, should include financial management, project management and market research; and

 

(3)                   Organisational behaviour skills: Students must gain a comprehensive understanding of subject areas that cover interpersonal and communication skills relevant to research commercialisation activities including leadership, teamwork and presentation skills.

 

2.75.3    CTS training must provide for significant elements of practical, non-lecture based learning where students are given the opportunity to participate in team-based learning exercises centred on research commercialisation scenarios.

 

2.75.4    The requirements at paragraphs 2.75.2 and 2.75.3 comprise the minimum requirements only and may be supplemented by HEPs on condition that any additional training is consistent with the program objective.

2.80      Interruptions to CTS Training

 

Suspensions

 

2.80.1    Students may apply to their HEP for a suspension of their CTS training. The approval of suspensions will be at the discretion of the HEP.

 

Leave

 

2.80.2    Students may apply to their HEP for leave during their CTS training. The approval of leave will be at the discretion of the HEP.

 

Transfer to another HEP

 

2.80.3    Students who transfer to another HEP may continue to receive CTS training from the new HEP and associated assistance only if their new HEP agrees to its continuation and subject to the new HEP having sufficient CTS grant amounts of its own available.

 

2.85      Termination of CTS Training

 

2.85.1        A HEP must terminate a student’s CTS training:

 

(1)                   If the student ceases to meet the eligibility criteria specified in paragraph 2.70.1, other than during a period in which the CTS training has been suspended or during a period of leave under paragraphs 2.80.1 or 2.80.2; or

 

(2)                   When the student completes the course of study; or

 

(3)                   If the HEP determines that:

 

(a)            The CTS training is not being carried out with competence and/or diligence by the student or in accordance with the offer of CTS training; or

 

(b)           The student has committed serious misconduct, including, but not limited to the provision of false or misleading information in terms of paragraph 2.70.6.

 

2.85.2    If CTS training is terminated, it cannot be re-activated unless the termination occurred in error.

2.90      Application, Selection and Offer Processes for CTS Training

 

2.90.1    HEPs are responsible for CTS training application, selection and offer processes and must make information about the processes, policies and conditions readily and publicly available.

 

Application Process

 

2.90.2    The HEP must conduct a competitive application process for selecting students to receive CTS training.

 

2.90.3    All applications by students for CTS training must be submitted to the HEP in the form approved and by the date determined by the HEP.

 

2.90.4    The HEP must include the following statement on the application form, immediately prior to the applicant’s signature block: “Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence under the Criminal Code (Commonwealth)”.

 

Selection Process

 

2.90.5    The HEP must maintain a CTS selection policy which accords with these Guidelines and the relevant provisions in the Act, including the fairness requirements in Subdivision 19-D of Part 2-1 of the Act. A HEP must select students for CTS training in accordance with the policy.

 

2.90.6    The HEP must preferentially select students the HEP considers will have the best prospects of pursuing a career that will utilise the skills, knowledge and experience gained during CTS training.

 

2.90.7    The HEP must be satisfied that CTS training would neither unduly hinder a student’s HDR progress nor compromise the quality of the outputs of the HDR.

 

Offer Process

 

2.90.8        The HEP must offer CTS training to as many students as it can support through its CTS grant, taking into account:

 

(1)                   Any liabilities arising from previous offers of CTS training to students;

 

(2)                   Any liabilities arising from CTS training arrangements with other HEPs to deliver CTS training; and

 

(3)                   Any roll-over of grant amounts as provided for in section 41-40 of the Act.

 

2.90.9        The HEP must only offer a student CTS training as a result of:

 

(1)                   An application lodged as part of a competitive application process; or

 

(2)                   The HEPs agreeing to continue CTS training for a student who is transferring from another HEP.

 

2.90.10    The HEP must offer CTS training to a student in writing and advice the student in writing of the assistance to which they are entitled and the conditions of CTS training. The written offer must detail any arrangements under which CTS training will be delivered by another HEP or the graduate certificate qualification will be conferred by another HEP or jointly with another HEP.


CHAPTER 3  GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMIC INFRASTRUCTURE

3.1         Purpose 

 

3.1.1      The purpose of this chapter is to specify, in accordance with section 41-15(1) of the Act for the purpose described at Item 10 of the table in section 41-10 of the Act, the IAP.

3.5         Bodies Corporate Eligible to Receive IAP and ASHER Grants

 

3.5.1      In addition to the provision of IAP and ASHER grants to eligible HEPs, pursuant to item 10 of the table in section 41-10(1) of the Act the following bodies corporate are eligible to receive grants under the ASHER and the IAP:

 

(1)                   Bond University Limited;

 

(2)                   The University of Notre Dame Australia; and

 

(3)                   Melbourne College of Divinity.

AUSTRALIAN SCHEME FOR HIGHER EDUCATION REPOSITORIES

3.15      ASHER Description

 

3.15.1    The ASHER assists eligible HEPs and the bodies corporate listed in paragraph 3.5.1 with establishing university digital data storage.

3.20      ASHER Objective

 

3.20.1    The objectives of ASHER are to:

 

(1)                   Provide support to establish and refine a digital repository; and

 

(2)                   Provide support to populate digital repositories with research outputs and publications with the aim of increasing the amount of open access material.

3.25      Conditions that Apply to ASHER Grants

 

3.25.1    Conditions that apply to ASHER grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.

3.30      ASHER Grant Amounts

 

3.30.1    The ASHER grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-30(b) of the Act.

 

3.30.2    The ASHER grants are terminating payments under the Act with the last payments due in calendar year 2009.

IMPLEMENTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

3.40      IAP Description

 

3.40.1    The IAP assists eligible HEPs and the bodies corporate listed in paragraph 3.5.1 in meeting the costs of changing the nature and amount of information they collect about researchers and research.

3.45      IAP Objective

 

3.45.1    The objectives of the IAP are to provide support to:

 

(1)                   Develop and implement new data gathering and reporting systems for bibliometrics and other data as part of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative; and

 

(2)                   Assist HEPs in meeting the costs of gathering and reporting bibliometrics and other data.

3.50      Conditions that Apply to IAP Grants

 

3.50.1    Conditions that apply to IAP grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.

3.55      IAP Grant Amounts

 

3.55.1    The IAP grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-30(b) of the Act.

 

3.55.2    The IAP grants are terminating payments under the Act with the last payment due in calendar year 2010.


CHAPTER 4  GRANTS FOR ACTIVITIES THAT FOSTER AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE OF, OR PROMOTE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP IN, SCIENCE, SOCIAL SCIENCE OR THE HUMANITIES IN AUSTRALIA

4.1         Purpose

 

4.1.1      The purpose of this chapter is to specify:

 

(1)                   In accordance with section 41-15(1) of the Act, for the purpose described at Item 11(b) of the table in section 41-10 of the Act, the Higher Education Research Promotion (HERP); and

 

(2)                   Under section 41-15(2) of the Act, some other matters relevant to the HERP grants.

HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH PROMOTION

4.5         Organisations Eligible to Receive Grants

 

4.5.1            The following organisations are eligible to receive grants under the HERP

(1)                   The Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) (an academic centre within the University of South Australia);

(2)                   The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS);

(3)                   The Council for the Humanities, the Arts and the Social Sciences (CHASS);

(4)                   The Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies Incorporated (FASTS);

(5)                   The Learned Academies as follows:

(a)            The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH);

(b)           The Australian Academy of Science (AAS);

(c)            The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Limited (AATSE);

(d)           The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia Incorporated (ASSA); and

(e)            The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACoLA) (peak body for the Learned Academies).

4.10      HERP Description

4.10.1    The HERP provides grants under the Act to foster an understanding of the importance of, and/or promote research and scholarship in, science, social science or the humanities in Australia.

 

4.15      HERP Objectives

 

4.15.1    The objectives for each HERP grant to each of the relevant eligible organisations are: 

(1)                   ACCP: To work collaboratively across disciplinary and organisational boundaries, undertake research and facilitate its translation into policy, program development, professional education and service delivery in order to enhance the life opportunities of children at risk of abuse or neglect in Australia;

(2)                   ANZAAS: To cover the costs of transportation and accommodation for approximately five students from each Australian State and Territory to attend the annual Youth Conference;

(3)                   CHASS: To promote and provide advocacy for the humanities, arts and social sciences, and to serve as a coordinating forum for academies, students, business, practitioners and the broader community;

(4)                   FASTS: To support FASTS role in policy formulation, raising public awareness, and promoting the importance of science and technology in addressing important national issues; and

(5)                   Learned Academies, as follows:

(a)            The AAS, AATSE, AAH, and ASSA: To provide secretariat and other administrative support to enable the Academies and their fellows contribute advice and assistance on issues of national importance, to conduct workshops, forums, symposia and similar events so that the Academies and their fellows can engage on issues of national importance, to manage the development and conduct of policy, education and other programs, and to support relationships with international communities including exchange programs and joint research programs, and

(b)           The ACoLA (peak administrative body for the Learned Academies): To support cooperation between the four Learned Academies, to provide a common point of access to the four Learned Academies for outside organisations and individuals, and promote a unified national vision, helping to enhance interactions between the four Learned Academies without compromising their individual priorities or activities.

 

4.20      Conditions that Apply to HERP Grants

 

4.20.1    Conditions that apply to the HERP grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.

4.25      HERP Grant Amounts

 

4.25.1    The HERP grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his or her delegate, under section 41-30(b) of the Act.

 

4.25.2    Grants made through the HERP are indexed in accordance with Part 5-6 of the Act.

 


Appendix 1: Conditions of CTS Grants

Note: Under subparagraph 41-25(b)(i) of the Act, the Guidelines (which are defined in section 41-5 of the Act) may specify conditions that apply to a grant.

MEANING OF WORDS

Unless the contrary intention appears, the following meanings apply in this appendix. Unless a term is defined differently in this appendix, terms defined in the Guidelines have the same meaning in this appendix as in the Guidelines.

“the Act” means the Higher Education Support Act 2003;

Auditor-General” means the office established under the Auditor-General Act 1997 and includes any other entity that may, from time to time, perform the functions of that office;

Conditions of Grant” means these conditions of grant;

Department” or “DIISRTE” means the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education;

Grant” means a CTS grant;

Grant Amount” means the amount of the Grant calculated in accordance with chapter 2 of the Guidelines, and of which the Department has notified the Recipient;

Guidelines” means the Other Grant Guidelines (Research) 2010;

HERDC Specifications” means the specifications for “Higher Education Research Data Collection”. The latest version of the HERDC Specifications is linked from the HERDC page on the DIISRTE Internet’s “Research Block Grants” web site.

HDR” means higher degree by research which is a Research Doctorate or Research Masters course for which at least two-thirds of the student load for the course is required as research work;

HEP” has the same meaning as it does in the Act;

Intellectual Property Rights” or “IPRs” includes all copyright (including rights in relation to phonograms and broadcasts), all rights in relation to inventions (including patent rights), plant varieties, registered and unregistered trademarks (including service marks), registered designs, circuit layouts and all other rights resulting from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary or artistic fields;

Material” means any document, software (including source code and object code), or information or data stored by any means;

Minister” means the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research;

personal information” has the same meaning as it does in the Privacy Act;

Privacy Act” means the Privacy Act 1988;

Program” means the Commercialisation Training Scheme (CTS);

Program Delegate” means the person from time to time holding the office of Manager in the Department’s Research Division;

Recipient” means the body corporate to which the Grant is made, being a Table A provider or a Table B provider specified in section 16-15 or section 16-20 of the Act, respectively;

Reporting Year” means the year following the year in respect of which the Grant is made;

Reports” means the reports specified in clause 2.1;

“Secretary” means the Secretary of the Department;

Third-party IPRs” means the IPRs in any Third-party Material;

Third-party Material” means any Material incorporated or supplied with the Reports in which the IPRs are owned by a third party alone or jointly with any other party; and

Year” means the year in respect of which the Grant is made.

1.      THE GRANT

1.1     The Grant is made in respect of the Year, and must be spent only in accordance with the Conditions of Grant and chapter 2 of the Guidelines made under section 238-10 of the Act.

1.2  If the Recipient fails to spend an amount of the Grant (the “Unspent Amount”), the Recipient may request in writing to the Secretary, or the Program Delegate, in accordance with requirements for the “Request for Rollover of Unspent Grant Amount” (the “Request”) specified in clauses 1.3 and 1.4, that the Secretary:

1.2.1    determine under paragraph 41-40(1)(b) of the Act that section 41-40 of the Act applies to the Recipient in respect of the Grant;

1.2.2    specify under subsection 41-40(1) of the Act a part of the Unspent Amount that is taken to be granted to the Recipient under Part 2-3 of the Act in respect of the year next following the Year (the “Rollover Grant”); and

1.2.3    determine under paragraph 41-40(3)(b) such other conditions under which the Rollover Grant is taken to be made.

1.3  Requirements concerning the Request (including a pro forma that the Recipient may use for making a Request) are set out on the ‘Research Block Grants’ page on the DIISRTE Internet web site.

1.4  The Recipient must not spend any of the Unspent Amount for any purpose without first receiving written notice from the Secretary (or a person acting on behalf of the Secretary) giving details of the Secretary’s determinations and specification referred to in clauses 1.2.1 to 1.2.3, above.

1.5  The Recipient must:

1.5.1    notify the Minister (or the Minister’s delegate) in writing of any event that may significantly affect the Recipient’s capacity to meet these Conditions of Grant; and

1.5.2    provide the Minister (in the form required by the Minister and at such times specified by the Minister) with such other information that the Minister by notice in writing requires from the Recipient in respect of the Grant or compliance by the Recipient with these Conditions of Grant.

1.6  The CTS will be terminated as at 31 December 2011.

2.   REPORTING

2.1  The Recipient must provide DIISRTE with the Reports and other information specified in the following table in accordance with any requirements specified in the table or in clause 2.2:

Description of Report

Form of Submission

Due Date

Request for Rollover of Unspent Grant Amount

Electronic

30 June of the Reporting Year (or unless otherwise notified)

 

 

 HERDC Research Income Return-Return 1, as specified in the HERDC Specifications

Electronic

HERDC Research Publications Return-Return 2, as specified in the HERDC Specifications

Electronic

HERDC Audit Certificate

Hard Copy

HERDC Vice-Chancellor’s Certification Statement

Hard Copy

Commercialisation Training Scheme Non-Financial Report

Electronic

2.2  From time to time, the Department will notify the Recipient of any requirements applying to electronic submission of Reports under clause 2.1.

3.   DISSEMINATION

3.1  The Commonwealth may publicise the award of any Grant to the Recipient and information about any aspect of these Conditions of Grant at any time, in such manner and to such parties as it sees fit.

4.   ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLICITY

4.1  In all CTS training related promotional material, publications, speeches, media releases, and brochures the Recipient must acknowledge the contribution made by the Commonwealth. In particular, the Recipient should ensure that:

4.1.1    the acknowledgment is prominently recorded and commensurate with that given to state or local government, corporate or other sponsors;

4.1.2    any formal statement issued in relation to any aspect of the project, including speeches, media releases, brochures, should make reference to the Commonwealth contribution;

4.1.3    any signs and plaques erected in association with a project must acknowledge the Commonwealth’s assistance; and

4.1.4    where an official opening or launch is proposed for a project the Minister is to be invited to attend or to send a representative.

5.   DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

5.1  DIISRTE gives no undertaking to keep confidential the Conditions of Grant or any information in the Reports.

6.   INDEMNITY

6.1  The Recipient must indemnify the Commonwealth against any:

6.1.1    loss or liability incurred by the Commonwealth;

6.1.2    loss of or damage to Commonwealth property; or

6.1.3    loss or expense incurred by the Commonwealth in dealing with any claim against the Commonwealth, including legal costs and expenses on a solicitor/own client basis and the cost of time spent, resources used, or disbursements paid by the Commonwealth;

arising from:

6.1.4    any act or omission by the Recipient, or any of the Recipient’s employees, agents, or subcontractors in connection with these Conditions of Grant, where there was fault on the part of the person whose conduct gave rise to that liability, loss, damage, or expense;

6.1.5    any breach by the Recipient or any of the Recipient’s employees, agents, or subcontractors of obligations or warranties under these Conditions of Grant;

6.1.6    any use or disclosure by the Recipient, or its officers, employees, agents or subcontractors of personal information held or controlled in connection with these Conditions of Grant; or

6.1.7    the use by the Commonwealth of the Reports, including any claims by third parties about the ownership or right to use Intellectual Property Rights (including moral rights, as defined in the Copyright Act 1968) in the Reports.

6.2  The Recipient’s liability to indemnify the Commonwealth will be reduced proportionally to the extent that any fault on the part of the Commonwealth contributed to the relevant loss, damage, expense, or liability.

6.3  The Commonwealth’s right to be indemnified is in addition to, and does not exclude, any other right, power, or remedy provided by law, but the Commonwealth is not entitled to be compensated in excess of the amount of the relevant loss, damage, expense or liability.

6.4  In this clause 6, “fault” means any negligent or unlawful act or omission or wilful misconduct.

7.   ACCESS TO PREMISES AND RECORDS

7.1  The Recipient must at all reasonable times give:

7.1.1    the Auditor-General;

7.1.2    the Privacy Commissioner (meaning the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, established under the Privacy Act, including any other entity that may, from time to time, perform the functions of that Office);

7.1.3    the person occupying the position of Head of Research Division in DIISRTE;

7.1.4    or any person authorised in writing by the Secretary:

(i)     reasonable access to:

A.           the Recipient’s employees;

B.           premises occupied by the Recipient;

C.           Material; and

(ii)    reasonable assistance to:

A.           locate and inspect Material;

B.           make copies of Material and remove those copies,

relevant to any Grant.

7.2. The rights referred to in clause 7.1 are subject to:

7.2.1    the provision of reasonable prior notice to the Recipient; and

7.2.2    the Recipient’s reasonable security procedures.

7.3  If a matter is being investigated which, in the opinion of any person authorised in writing by the Secretary of DIISRTE, may involve an actual or apprehended breach of the law, clause 7.2.1 will not apply.

7.4  The requirement for access specified in clause 7.1 does not in any way reduce the Recipient’s responsibility to perform its obligations under these Conditions of Grant.

8.   INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE REPORTS

8.1  Subject to this clause 8, ownership of the Reports and the Intellectual Property Rights in them vest immediately in the Recipient.

8.2  The Recipient grants to the Commonwealth a permanent, irrevocable, free, world wide, non-exclusive licence (including a right to sub-license) to use, reproduce, adapt the Intellectual Property Rights in the Reports for any purpose.

8.3  If requested to do so, the Recipient must arrange for the grant to the Commonwealth of a licence over Third-party IPRs in the same terms as set out in clause 8.2.

8.4  The Recipient must, if requested by the Commonwealth to do so, bring into existence, sign, execute or otherwise deal with any document which may be necessary or desirable to give effect to this clause 8.

8.5  The Recipient warrants that it:

8.5.1    is entitled, or will be entitled at the relevant time, to deal with the Intellectual Property Rights in the Reports (including Third-party IPRs) in accordance with this clause 8; and

8.5.2    will obtain valid written consents from all authors (including any authorised subcontractors under these Conditions of Grant) involved in creating Reports and Third-party Material so that the Commonwealth’s use of the Reports or Third-party Material in any way will not infringe any author’s moral rights under the Copyright Act 1968.

9.   COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND POLICIES

9.1  The Recipient must:

9.1.1    comply with the “Information Privacy Principles” (as defined in the Privacy Act) when doing any act or engaging in any practice in relation to personal information for the purposes of these Conditions of Grant as if the Recipient were an agency as defined in the Privacy Act; and

9.1.2    deal with personal information received, created or held by the Recipient for the purposes of these Conditions of Grant only to fulfil its obligations under these Conditions of Grant; and

9.1.3    ensure that any contractor engaged by the Recipient to perform any of the Recipient’s obligations under these Conditions of Grant are contractually bound to comply with the Information Privacy Principles.

9.2  The Recipient acknowledges that where it is required to give information to DIISRTE, giving false or misleading information is a serious offence under the Criminal Code.

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