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Government of South Australia - Department of State Development

    Industry Doctoral Training Centre pilot programs

    Strengthening SA’s research-industry connections in critical technologies

    The South Australian Government has partnered with the state’s major universities to establish two Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC) pilot programs.

    Based on the UK Centres of Doctoral Training model, these 4-year pilot programs are facilitating collaboration between research and business, developing innovations for translation to market, and supporting greater mobility of graduates between research and industry.

    A total cohort of 30 domestic and international students are completing their PhD research projects in partnership with a business from their chosen industry sector, with a focus on two growing critical technologies fields – industrial application of quantum technologies, and biomanufacturing.

    Each IDTC has accepted up to 15 PhD students from different research fields. They have been matched with both a research supervisor and an industry mentor to develop the transferrable skills required to deliver ground-breaking research, and to gain an understanding of how research applies to industry.

    The South Australian Government has appointed two organisations to deliver IDTC Plus programs that complement participants’ studies with interactive learning sessions to build their knowledge, leadership and research translation.

    MTPConnect is delivering the PhD Plus program to participants of the biomanufacturing stream, while Shalau Consulting is delivering to participants of the industrial application of quantum technologies stream.