Automotive Engineering Graduate Program

At a glance

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Provides universities with grants of between $200,000 and $1 million to deliver stipends and research support for post graduate students to undertake industry-based projects in areas of knowledge priorities for automotive engineering.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a higher education provider listed at Table A or Table B of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and
  • offer student research programs related to automotive engineering knowledge priorities as listed in Appendix B of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

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Overview

The Automotive Engineering Graduate Program provides funding to universities to deliver stipends and research support through existing research programs for post graduate students to undertake industry-based projects in areas of knowledge priorities for automotive engineering.

The objective of the program is to help automotive businesses grow, improve productivity and be globally competitive by increasing the pipeline of high quality graduate engineers into Australia’s automotive engineering sector. The program will develop job-ready graduate engineers with skills and experience that match future automotive industry requirements.

  • The minimum grant amount is $200,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $1 million.
  • The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • Projects must be completed by 30 June 2021.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a higher education provider listed at Table A or Table B of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and
  • offer student research programs related to automotive engineering knowledge priorities as listed in Appendix B of the grant opportunity guidelines in the key documents section below.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • provision of stipends to support post graduate students undertaking industry-based projects that provide industry experience in areas of knowledge priority for automotive engineering
  • use of facilities to undertake research outside of the university
  • activities that support delivery of your project, for example activities to engage automotive industry partners to support student projects.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • Merit criterion 1 The extent that your project will increase the pipeline of high quality graduate engineers into Australia’s automotive engineering sector (40 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (40 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 Impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)

How to apply

The Automotive Engineering Graduate Program is currently closed to applications.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project. We set aside a minimum of 5 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample grant agreement - simple
  • Knowledge priorities

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