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Improve your organisation's competitiveness, productivity and sustainability by harnessing research expertise

Industry Partners

We provide a cost-effective solution to tackle your organisation's R&D challenges


  • A multidisciplinary team of two or three PhD students

  • Cost effective, potentially eligible for R&D tax incentive & subsidies

  • 100% ownership of intellectual property

  • Select students appropriate to your project and skill-gap

  • 'Test-drive' students prior to potential employment

  • A flexible participation mode (virtual, in-person, combination)

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 Our support: 

  • We source appropriate skill-sets and offer guidance in selecting the best suited researchers to your project 

  • We provide students with weekly support and specialised training to assist with the scoping of your project, meeting deliverables and translation of research abilities into tangible outcomes 

  • We focus on value creation by actively looking for synergistic opportunities and connections to like-minded industry partners, educational institutions and research centres 

What Is The Cost?

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How Does It Work?

  • Outline your project needs & desired skill-sets

  • Allocate a mentor/s from your organisation 

  • Check your mentor's availability for the industry placement & compulsory induction events 

  • Submit your online application

For more information, please refer to our process diagram


Are all businesses and organisations eligible to participate?

The program is available to all industry sectors, inclusive of not-for-profit and government entities. Past industry partners range from small start-up companies to large corporate businesses. 

What types of projects are best suited to this program?

Short term projects are best suited to fit the timeframes available. This may include new research, proof-of-concept activities, or activities with commercial outputs (new products, processes or services). Students should not undertake day-to-day commercial activities, but focus on a short-term research project related to their area of expertise. 

If I don't find the right match, can I withdraw my application?

There is no obligation to commence the program and no charges associated if you decide that the candidates sourced are not the right fit for your project.

Can I participate remotely?

Absolutely. We offer in-person, remote or combined modes of participation for both students and industry partners. Online collaborative tools and training are provided. 

Do I have the final say on the allocation of students?

You will be asked to submit your top three candidates in order of preference, as well as two reserve students. If the same student is selected by multiple companies, the program coordinator will contact you to negotiate. 

Why do multidisciplinary teams produce stronger research outcomes?  

It is well known that blending of varied expertise leads to more productive and higher impact experimentation and analysis. Innovations are of a higher calibre as problems are solved using a multi-faceted approach. 

Can I interview the students?

Absolutely. We provide you with every opportunity to question or interview the students prior to finalising your team.

How will the Biodesign training help the students meet the deliverables of my project?

The Biodesign training is based on Stanford Biodesign Methodology, which focuses on a prescriptive method of identifying unmet needs, inventing solutions and creating implementation strategies. The training has been generalised to accommodate all industry sectors and will help the students define objectives and create more impactful solutions, particularly for projects that have a broader scope.       

What is expected from me during the placement period?
  • Provide students with at least two hours each week of guidance 

  • Complete feedback forms regarding the program and student team performance 

  • Attend the final presentation event, where students present project outcomes to all participants, industry partners and other invited guests.

Can I offer employment to student/s after the placement?

Absolutely. Please ensure that the offer is made after the conclusion of the placement. 

I have submitted an application, what are the next steps?
  • Once the student recruitment period concludes, you will be sent the student CV's and application details 

  • You will be invited to attend an online induction event where you have the opportunity to listen to each student's one minute pitch 

  • You will be given an opportunity to contact the students directly for further questioning, if required 

  • You will be asked to select your top 3 candidates, plus 2 reserve candidates, in order of preference 

  • You will be contacted to confirm your final team 

  • You will be asked to organise a preliminary meeting with your confirmed student team prior to placement commencement

For more information, please refer to our process​ diagram 

Got more questions? Contact us - we are here to help!

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