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

ON Prime empowers Australian researchers to attract the resources they need to create impact.

Purpose built for researchers, the hands-on learning program provides you with the skills to take your projects and career forward by navigating the changing research landscape. ON Prime is a free national program open to researchers from Australian universities and public research organisations.

The Experience

During the eight weeks of ON Prime, you will develop a deeper understanding of the people who could benefit the most from your research and sharpen skills to communicate with that audience. Across six full-day sessions, expert facilitators and mentors will support you to build evidence for the impact of your research, so you can make a difference in the world and attract the resources you need along the way.

Time is carved out in the sessions for you to work on your project and connect with potential beneficiaries, new partners or industry. In addition to the face-to-face sessions, teams find opportunities during the week to have short, sharp conversations to get insights from people outside the program. Through the journey, you will explore the impact your research can make and build new networks to create real change in the world.

As teams continue to advance their work, there is 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.

The Outcomes

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)

The benefits

  • Support and guidance from expert facilitators
  • 400+ strong national network of mentors
  • Develop cross-discipline network amongst peers, stakeholders or industry
  • Straightforward application process (average time to prepare and complete application is one hour)
  • Potential access to significant follow-on support
  • All ON programs are free and do not take any equity from your project
  • All Intellectual Property (IP) remains with you or your institution

"I'm much better equipped to articulate to grant funders or industry why our projects are worthy of success. We're better set up to deliver those results too – it's given our team a massive confidence boost."

"Don't think that your project is too early for ON Prime, I wish we had done it right at the start – it's really helped clarify the direction and saved us loads of time in the long run."

"To be completely honest, I didn't think we would get much benefit. But it's really changed what we're doing now. I strongly encourage anyone at any career stage to go."

"It's completely changed the way I think about my research and its role in society. I can't recommend it highly enough."

"If you care about your work genuinely making a difference in the world, you need to do ON Prime – don't just assume you're on the right pathway, you might be wasting your time."

Dates for 2019

Winter session

  • Applications open 4 February – 4 March
  • Program runs for eight weeks between May – July (exact dates depend on location)

Spring session

  • Applications open 1 July – 26 July
  • Program runs for eight weeks between September – December (exact dates depend on location)

Locations

We set up ON Prime hubs based on the locations of successful applicants. We aim for 6-10 teams per hub.

In the past, we have run ON Prime hubs in: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Toowoomba and Townsville.

We may have capacity to add locations if there are at least six successful teams from a new region.

Some travel funding is available for successful teams to travel to their closest hub. If your team is geographically spread out, we can also support people to travel interstate to join their team.

For further information about your application or the program, please contact on@csiro.au to talk to one of our team.

Eligibility

ON runs national programs open to researchers from any Australian university or public research organisation.

For ON Prime, you must apply with a team of 2-6 people.

ON Prime is open to researchers at any stage of their project, in any discipline.

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Brian Spak: I’m Brian Spak. I lead CSIRO’s work in grids and renewable energy integration.

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So, at Prime I was part of a team called Fair Dinkum Batteries and we were looking at our ability to apply CSIRO’s knowledge and research into battery performance to see how the battery industry might respond to it and whether there was interest in applying our research to benefit industry.

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I had a great experience with ON Prime. I think our whole team did. It really provided us with a ton of new insight and knowledge about what the battery industry was after in terms of CSIRO, CSIRO’s research.

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A lot of the assumptions we came in to ON Prime with about who was the right audience for our research were proven to be wildly incorrect. And yet, we found another great audience for our research.

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So, the actual experience I had with ON Prime and I think I speak for my team mates as well, it was great. It was a lot of fun.

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The commitment wasn’t, wasn’t too much and I think we learned a lot, not just about batteries and battery research and how our research could have potential but more just about how to, on an ongoing basis better engage with industry to make sure that whatever we’re working on batteries or something else, that it finds a market.

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So, if you’ve got an idea for a business or just for, for a research programme but you’re not sure how to let it grow in the world, just go for Prime. It’s really not a big commitment either to do the application or to do the full programme and you get a lot out of it. So, I think the, sort of the investment end versus what you come out on the other, the other side is really good. The juice is worth the squeeze.

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Brian Spak talks about his experiences with ON Prime

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