HDR Research End User Engagement


Research end-user

Research end‑user is defined as an individual, community or organisation external to academia that will directly use or directly benefit from the output, outcome or results of the research.

Examples of end‑users includes businesses, governments, non‑governmental organisations, communities and community organisations.

Specific exclusions of research end‑user are: other higher education providers, Organisations that are affiliates, controlled entities or subsidiaries (such as Medical Research Institutes) of a higher education provider, equivalents (international or domestic) of the above exclusions.

Research Internship

Research internship is defined as a temporary position with a research end‑user where a student has undertaken research and development (R&D) related to their higher degree by research (HDR). A research internship must be for a period of at least 30 days, can be either paid or unpaid, and can form part of the enrolment or be undertaken during an HDR period of suspension.

Jointly supervised by a research end-user

Jointly supervised by a research end–user is defined as an HDR student that has at least two HDR supervisors, with at least one supervisor from a research end‑user organisation. The supervision arrangements must be endorsed by the HDR student's HEP and the research end‑user supervisor must be actively engaged in the student's HDR

Jointly or fully funded by a research end-user

Jointly funded or fully funded by a research end–user is where a research end‑user contributes financially to the cost of an HDR student's course of study or to other costs borne by the student during their study (such as a stipend for general living costs). The arrangement must be awarded specifically in relation to an HDR student rather than a general HEP research project that a student may be involved with.

Formal training on end-user engagement

Formal training on end‑user engagement is defined as any formal training recognised by the HEP that focusses on preparing a student for work with a research end‑user. This includes intellectual property, management/leadership, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and research commercialisation. Training can be administered by a research end‑user organisation or by the HEP.

Other commercialisation and engagement activities

Other commercialisation and engagement activities is defined as an arrangement with a research end‑user that enables experiential learning related to the student's HDR. This includes practicums or performances, R&D consultancy work, R&D commercialisation work, entrepreneurship, community engagement/outreach, and research extension work either with or for a research end‑user.

These activities can be paid or unpaid, and no minimum amount of learning days applies. The activities exclude research internships unless they are shorter than 30 days, and exclude joint funding arrangements