Australian Postgraduate Research Intern
Northern Territory (NT) businesses can now access specialist research skills to accelerate research and development through the Australian Postgraduate Research Intern (APR.Intern) program.
A not-for-profit, APR.Intern provides a platform for small and medium enterprises, large corporates and government agencies to connect with Australia’s brightest PhD research talent from across the country. After a research challenge is defined, APR.Intern will match your business with a PhD student specialised in the area and facilitate a three to five month, results-driven research project - you retain the intellectual property.
Supported by the Australian Government, all Australian businesses that place a domestic PhD student can access a 50% rebate, bringing down the cost of a three month research project to $10,000.
Manufacturing businesses can also benefit from additional Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) funding support that brings down the net cost of a three month research project to $5,000 (existing IMCRC partner) or $7,500 (non-IMCRC partner). The funding agreement between APR.Intern and IMCRC puts new technologies in reach of local businesses to drive advanced and digital manufacturing solutions.
Businesses that have benefited from APR.Intern PhD research projects include Boral, Telstra, Royal Australian Airforce, Fusetec, Omni Tanker and more. Following a successful project, Omni Tanker’s PhD intern was employed full-time in a newly-created role.
Read the Omni Tanker case study on the APR.Intern website.