The objective of the CTS was to provide high quality research commercialisation training for the next generation of Australian researchers as a means of equipping them with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to bring research-based ideas, inventions and innovations to market.
CTS students received training in three areas:
- Commercialisation know-how (a strategic understanding of commercialisation processes)
- Technical commercialisation skills (eg intellectual property management, financial management, project management and market research)
- Organisational behaviour skills (eg leadership, teamwork and presentation skills)
CTS students were exempt from payment of student contribution amounts and tuition fees for units undertaken as part of CTS training. Students are awarded a graduate certificate on successful completion.
Funding for the CTS terminated at the end of 2011. Students enrolled in CTS units prior to the end of 2011 are able to complete their training by the end of 2012.
To ensure a timely finalisation of the scheme all CTS funds must be fully expended by 31 December 2012. CTS funds not expended by 31 December 2012 must be returned to the department by 30 June 2013.
Guidelines and conditions
The guidelines and conditions applying to CTS are contained within Chapter 2 and Appendix 1 of the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010 which can be downloaded from the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislative Instruments at:
For more information, please email RBGrants@innovation.gov.au with "CTS" as the subject line.
- January 2006
- June 2006
- July 2010