2022 Grant outcomes

Collaboration and Innovation Fund grant outcomes

We received a number of high-quality project applications and would like to thank all universities who applied for the Collaboration and Innovation Fund.

After the assessment process detailed in the application information, the following projects were selected for funding in round 2:

Title Lead university Partners Funding
Start @ Uni: Equity-focused student and staff toolkits University of New South Wales University of Sydney $350,000
Addressing the academic skills gap between high school and university among students from regional and remote areas, those who are culturally and linguistically diverse, and those who have a migrant/refugee background.
UNE Academy University of New England Dhiiyan Centre, six NSW public schools $402,802
Implementing a place-based, innovative education strategy to prepare First Nation learners for higher education.
Collaborative Teacher's Aide Pathway Charles Sturt University TAFE NSW, Regional Development Australia (RDA), Orana, NSW public schools $500,000
Delivering a teaching degree to upskill teachers’ aides who are currently employed in NSW schools and aspire to be teachers.
UTS Startup@Schools University of Technology Sydney University of Newcastle $500,000
Encouraging Year 9 and 10 students across NSW to pursue technology-enabled entrepreneurship.

Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Skills (TIES) and Priority Project grant outcomes

In 2022 the Department created two new grant streams to support the Minister’s aims in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship skills and other identified priorities with NSW universities.

The following projects were selected for funding:

TIES grants


Title Lead university Partners Funding
Immersive technological training tools for teachers Australian Catholic University Goodstart Early Learning, TAFE NSW $997,317
Providing teacher training technologies to ensure teachers are classroom and profession ready, particularly in skills shortage areas.
Short courses and microcredentials in areas of skills shortages Charles Sturt University IBM $1,000,000
Developing industry-engaged, co-designed microcredentials in data analysis and business analytics targeting skills shortages in the regions by upskilling existing professionals and widening participation.
Digital Tech Frontier course suite Macquarie University
$1,000,000
Developing a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in areas of high demand: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, IT Networking, Digital Marketing and Analysis.
Scenario-based learning and work-based projects Southern Cross University Business NSW $1,000,000
Implementing work-integrated learning in STEM courses through the development of a broad suite of curriculum units as a foundational model across degrees in Engineering, Science, IT, and Business & Enterprise.
Technical infrastructure to deliver microcredentials University of New England UNE Partnerships, UNE Smart Region Incubator, Tamworth Regional Council, Moree Shire Plains Council $1,000,000
Developing microcredentials to address low levels of tertiary education attainment in Armidale, Tamworth, Moree and Taree using a place-based model of engagement to support access to education and enable functional workforce growth and adaptation.
TIES@UNSW University of New South Wales
$1,000,000
Expanding technology, innovation and entrepreneurship skills through: innovative micro-credentials, expanding the Founders start up program, and expanding work-integrated learning, including through the Future Leaders Lab.
Enterprise Skills for Founders University of Newcastle
$1,000,000
Buidling on the university’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N), the program will expand the base of students exposed to technology-led enterprise skill development and entrepreneurship, and strengthen the quality of training and intensify ties to the Hunter and Central Coast innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
UTS Startups: Secondary Microcredentials Program University of Technology Sydney
$1,000,000
Expanding its existing UTS Startups program, developing three microcredentials for high school students across NSW, allowing completing student to earn credit towards an undergraduate program at UTS.
Entrepreneurs @ UOW University of Wollongong iAccelerate $1,000,000
Leveraging the expertise, resources, industry networks and existing iAccelerate program, alongside UoW’s institutional ‘Compass Framework’, to develop three embedded microcredentials for undergraduate degrees with historically lower graduate outcomes.
Western Sydney Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program Western Sydney University
$1,000,000
Fostering innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship skills to improve job readiness and expand career opportunities for students through microcredentials in priority technology areas, as well as business immersions, onsite visits, and applied industry projects.

Priority Project grants

Title Lead university Partners Funding
Expand higher education attainment for CALD communities in Western Sydney Australian Catholic University
$981,759
Expanding its existing 'Uni Step Up' program to include non-recent school leavers, focusing on women and people from Low-SES and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. Participants study two undergraduate units and articulate into a related degree on completion.
Lismore Education Hub Southern Cross University NSW Department of Education, TAFE NSW, Catholic Education Office, Living School $3,000,000
Developing an integrated education hub for the region. The project will produce an actionable roadmap for ongoing operations and investment to support the region after flood disasters.
Wanago (STEM education for high schools) University of Technology Sydney NSW public, independent and Catholic schools $750,000
Expanding the Wanago program, which provides students from public, independent, and Catholic schools with the opportunity to attend STEM classes at UTS and in community settings, with a focus on equal gender representation in classes.
Innovation program access for women and CALD communities Western Sydney University
$1,000,000
Expanding the engagement of female and CALD groups across the entrepreneurship landscape through initiatives including: the Academy U Schools engagement program; targeted streams of the Venture Makers entrepreneurship training program; targeted streams with Launch Pad accelerator programs; and a minimum of five research commercialisation investments from WSU’s Western Ventures program allocated to female/CALD led projects.
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