The Joint Research Engagement (JRE) scheme gives emphasis to end-user research by encouraging and supporting collaborative research activities between universities, industry and end-users, beyond those specifically supported by competitive grants.
The JRE provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible Australian higher education providers (HEP) to support research and research training activities. HEPs have discretion in the way they spend their JRE grant. The JRE may be used to fund any activity related to research.
Specifically, the objectives of the JRE scheme are to:
- continue to support soft infrastructure;
- continue to support the maintenance of capital items (not capital purchases); and
- change the way that the level of funding for each university is calculated.
Important note: Payments are made to HEPs who administer research block grant schemes on behalf of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. Individual students or researchers need to approach their HEP to obtain funding support.
JRE Grant - Engineering Cadetships
The JRE Grant - Engineering Cadetships enables HEPs to support the research training costs associated with higher degree by research students undertaking a cadetship in relevant areas of engineering or science. Cadetships involve a combination of formal research training with the HEP and concurrent employment with a business to carry out R&D activities.
Participating HEPs receive a cadetship supplementation amount to supplement the research training costs for each domestic student participating in the program. This funding will enable the HEP to customise the student’s research training experience to enhance their career prospects as well as to increase overall collaboration between universities and industry to strengthen R&D outcomes.
Further detailed information relating to the conditions of student participation and other matters is available in the 2013 JRE Conditions of Grant.
JRE Cadetship Supplementation Amounts
The JRE Cadetship Supplementation amount for 2013 is $5,195*.
The JRE Cadetship Supplementation amount for 2012 was $5,000.
*The JRE Cadetship Supplementation amount is indexed each year in accordance with section 6.1 in the JRE Conditions of Grant.
The guidelines applying to JRE are contained within the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012 which can be downloaded from the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislative Instruments at:
The JRE grant amounts for 2013 have been provided to HEPs on the basis of the conditions outlined in the following document.
2013 JRE Conditions of Grant (including conditions of participation for the JRE Grant - Engineering Cadetships) [PDF 63KB] [DOC 231KB]
Process for determining JRE grant amounts
For more information, please email: RBGrants@innovation.gov.au with "JRE" as the subject line.