Call for Research Proposals
AutoCRC Scholarships for Postgraduate Research
In order to achieve both the educational and research objectives of the company, AutoCRC is offering
research scholarships for studies towards a PhD or Masters degree by research. The following areas
are deemed significant to the future of the Australian automotive industry and are identified as being
areas of research focus for this program:
• Modeling and analysis of the lead time requirements for major automotive dies, with emphasis.
on opportunities for lead time reduction.
• Stamping die design methodology for low volume, customized automobiles.
• Strategies for zero waste from automotive and component manufacturing plants.
• Effects of manufacturing variation on vehicle or sub-assembly performance, for example crash
performance, stiffness or HVAC noise.
• Behaviour of non-ferrous metals for use in chassis and suspension components.
• Virtual manufacturing tools for enterprise simulation or agile manufacturing or supply chain
analysis or design for assembly.
• Knowledge Management systems and tools for manufacturing enterprises.
• Optimal system models for implementation of hybrid and next generation technologies.
• Sensor networking and integration of vehicle electronic systems.
• AutoCRC will look favorably at quality research proposals outside of the above topics but related
to the broad research themes of :
o Materials and Manufacturing o Safety and Intelligent Vehicle Systems
o Powertrains, Fuels and Emissions o Virtual Design and Manufacturing
AutoCRC wishes to support at least 30 new student research projects across 2008/2009 but will only
proceed to allocate funding upon the basis of submission of high quality research proposals that have
the potential of making a positive impact on the Australian automotive industry.
Scholarships will only be offered on the basis that the student and the University agree to the conditions
set out at http://www.autocrc.com/edutrain-postgraduate.htm
Full scholarships consist of:
$28000pa scholarship + $5000pa project support + up to $1000 advertising grant
Top- up scholarships (for holders of APA or University scholarships are):
Top – up to $28000pa scholarship + $5000pa project support + up to $1000 advertising grant
Universities will be responsible for recruiting students before 30th August, 2008.
AutoCRC requires that students have a minimum of Honours 2a or equivalent.
AutoCRC will facilitate an association between students and its industry participants where appropriate.
It will also encourage the formation of student “clusters” between and within universities where there
may be synergies between projects.
AutoCRC will encourage recipients of full scholarships to apply for APA or other scholarships in order to
transfer to Top-Up scholarships.
Please note that AutoCRC is unable to award scholarships to students who hold an APA(I) award, or
towards any research funded by the ARC.
Proposals should include:
• CV of the leading research supervisor
• A note regarding whether you already have a student for the proposed project
• A note regarding whether you would like to have involvement by an industry participant
• A statement, of not more than 2 pages (+ references), indicating:
o Relevance of the proposed research to AutoCRC’s research aims
o Quality of the researcher or research group
o Quality of the research proposal – methodology etc..
o Impact that the research will potentially have on the automotive industry
Proposals will be assessed by the AutoCRC Research and Training Committee and by industry
participants, based on the above criteria.
Universities are asked to submit up to 5 research proposals per university by 4pm on Thursday
6th December to:
AutoCRC Education Coordinator
4 Central Boulevard
OR via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
OR by fax to (03) 96475451
For further information please contact Kate by email or phone on (03)96472990