ON Prime applications open 4 February 2019 and we couldn't be more excited

If you haven't heard of Prime before, it's our eight week learning program offer that operates nationwide. ON Prime Manager, Andy Barley explains "We run sessions across the country for researchers from any Australian university or public research organisation, at any stage of their project, in any discipline. The eligibility is deliberately very open to make sure that if you've got a great idea, you can access the support and guidance to take it to the next stage."

Want to see your research make a difference in the world?

ON Prime exists to empower Australian researchers to attract the resources they need to create impact. What does that mean? Put simply, led by the best innovation mentors and facilitators in the country, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the people who could benefit the most from your research and sharpen the skills you'll need to communicate with them.

You'll meet others like you in local hubs, over six full day sessions, with plenty of time to put theory into practice - meaning that quite quickly, you'll walk away ready to make a difference in the world and attract the resources you need along the way.

Andy says "Every team's pathway through ON Prime is different. However, common outcomes from the 253 teams who have completed the program in the past 2.5 years include:

  • attracting new funding sources
  • establishing new partnerships
  • increasing industry engagement
  • improving clarity around the impact and focus of your research
  • increasing confidence communicating your research
  • forming team bonds in a new project group
  • licensing IP or creating a new startup venture (ON provides additional free programs and support for people on these pathways).

"This year we'll be offering a performance bonus of up to $3000 available for every team at the completion of the program. Teams who really excel have an opportunity to gain an extra $2000 to further their project.

"And we have some extra great opportunities for certain teams. For our Winter 2019 session, we've partnered with ARENA to offer exclusive extra support for eligible renewable energy research teams.

"ARENA are offering our teams a chance to apply for a share in up to $1million dollars funding in addition to any of the bonuses they are awarded by ON Prime to continue their work. This type of boost can really make a difference to seeing innovation come to life so we're really thrilled to have ARENA on board.

"I'd really encourage any researcher who has been thinking about giving ON Prime a shot, to get involved. We're happy to talk through your ideas and goals before you put in the application, so feel free to come and talk to the team."

Dates for 2019

Winter session

Applications open 4 February – 4 March

Program runs for eight weeks between May – July (exact dates depend on location)

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For further information, please contact on@csiro.au to talk to Andy Barley, ON Prime Manager.

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