We are Australia’s #1 consultancy for international research collaboration. Our staff have considerable experience in providing advice and managing projects for international clients including governments, institutions, universities and not-for-profit organisations.
Bio-plastics are revolutionising our use of natural resources, and deliver positive economic and environmental outcomes.
Montroix has begun a new journey: developing bio-plastics and production chains to directly address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in our region.
Read our peer-reviewed article Green Bioplastics as Part of a Circular Bioeconomy, and our op-ed on ocean plastics.
World leaders in building global knowledge platforms, such as COST and FEAST, we are Australia’s foremost experts in the European Union’s large research and innovation program, Horizon 2020.
We’re located in Brisbane and Canberra, Australia, and invite you to contact us to discover how we can assist you and your organisation make greater impacts through your global interactions.
Previously Martin was the Director, International and Business Relations at the Group of Eight (Go8) Ltd. The Go8 is a coalition of Australia’s leading research intensive universities. Martin’s responsibilities included guiding and supporting the Go8’s activities in the international domain and with respect to improved industry/university interactions.
Before coming to Australia in November 2010 Martin was the Director of the COST Office (European Co-operation in Science and Technology) in Brussels. COST is an intergovernmental research networking program of 36 Member States, bringing together about 50,000 researchers in some 300 objective driven networks (COST Actions) in all domains of research. COST is funded through a contract with the EU’s R&D Framework Programme. In this capacity he organised a Strategic Workshop “Benefits of Research Infrastructures beyond Science” in Rome, March 2010.
Prior to this he was the Inaugural Director of KoWi, the European liaison office of the German research organisations, established in 1991 with offices in Brussels and Bonn. Martin played a key role in the creation of the EUROHORCs (European Heads of Research Councils) which is now known as “Science Europe”. He also contributed to the formation of the Informal Group of Research Liaison Offices in Brussels. His networking capacities on all levels in academia and politics supported several strategic developments in the EU, for instance the creation of the European Research Council.
Before moving to Brussels he headed the research unit in the central administration of the Technical University Berlin, Germany. He has a PhD in aeronautical engineering.
Rado was previously the Executive Director of the Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology cooperation (FEAST), and has held a number of teaching and IT positions at The Australian National University (ANU). FEAST was established by the European Union and the Australian Government to highlight, promote, and facilitate research collaboration between Europe and Australia.
He holds a PhD in shock tunnel tomography, and his other research projects have included the spatial modelling of water flows in de-forested landscapes, and adaptive seismic tomography.
Rado has broad-ranging professional experience in higher-education and research, business and the not-for-profit sectors. His core strengths are an ability to effectively communicate complex issues, a flair for questioning assumptions and exploring alternative solutions to problems, and flexibility in his approach to tasks that makes him easy to work with and quick to adapt to new situations.
In addition to his professional work with Montroix, Rado also enjoys coding for fun, and is currently working on a creative art app based on the surprising world of mathematical transforms.
How public policy, research and industry are approaching opportunities and risks of AI in an international context — a contribution to the way forward in EU-Australia collaboration.
by Hakan Karan, Christiane Funk, Martin Grabert, Melanie Oey, Ben Hankamer
Fossil fuel and plastic production are currently integrated. About 80% of manufactured plastic accumulates as waste in landfills and natural environments, presenting an increasing hazard. Biodegradable and bio-based plastics present a viable and attractive alternative.
This half-day workshop aims to define the necessary next steps to devise a roadmap for improved European-Australian collaboration in ICT research and innovation.
Opportunities to support Slovenia-Australia research collaboration
This workshop introduces the paradigms and practices of international research collaboration and international funding opportunities. The workshop focuses on skills needed to confidently and professionally support organisations with international research activities.
At this vibrant networking event panel members discussed and answered question about: the future of Europe’s economic landscape; how a European Free Trade Agreement will work; how innovation and technology is playing a key role in the growth of bilateral trade; Australian business leaders perspectives on where emerging markets are rising and how market access can successfully be achieved, and; negotiations for a European Free Trade agreement.
We throw 8 billion kilograms of plastic waste into the ocean every year. Let’s work the solution… now!
The handbook equips EU stakeholders with a clear panorama of local research programmes open to collaboration with Europeans, detailing the possibilities and the conditions to access, participate, or being funded. It is composed of three dedicated chapters for Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand.
by Martin Grabert
The era of bio-plastics is upon us. New innovations and commercial opportunities in bio-plastics promise to make significant progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr Erich Prem, coordinator of EPIC and CEO of Eutema, introduced the European ICT context, including the large research and innovation funding program — Horizon 2020.
Dr Erich Prem, CEO of Eutema, presented an analysis of the currently changing European regulatory environment in the area of ICT (such as the Digital Single Market and Data Protection Rules) that will provide new opportunities for innovators.
Funding opportunities to support Slovenia-Australia research collaboration
How is Horizon 2020 progressing?
A Pacific ST&I Framework will support nations in the development of their national ST&I efforts and hence facilitate the creation of much-needed capacities to address their individual concerns. This will enable all nations to better contribute to regional solutions via the leverage of national and regional ST&I resources, and make positive progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
by Caroline Moss, Nick Mulhernand, Andrew Cherry, Rado Faletič, Martin Grabert, Cynthia Cripps & Jane Lattimore
This report collates accumulated experience in promoting EU-Pacific ST&I partnerships, to articulate the lessons learned, and to formulate recommendations for policy makers and programme owners in the design of future cooperation programmes.
Horizon 2020 – the largest research funding program in the world
This document addresses regional leadership to develop a regional vision for ST&I in the Pacific to enable them to define their joint future. This is a powerful tool for regional leadership to inform decision-making on national and regionally derived findings of scientific research.
Evaluation report on this project, which aimed to address the gap between theoretical learning and practical experience in university social justice education.
We are pleased to announce a new collaboration between Science Leads, based in Berlin and Brussels, and Montroix, based in Canberra and Brisbane.
by Martin Grabert
In Australia, government, in collaboration with business, can provide for another decade of economic growth only by setting clear goals for different sectors based on a deep understanding of their competitive position. Government must design policy in a purposeful way so that as many sectors as possible can be as globally competitive as possible.
by Rado Faletič & Martin Grabert
Horizon 2020 is the largest research and innovation funding program in the world. It provides funds and instruments for the entire spectrum of research and innovation activities. This document distils the enormous array of opportunities into an easy-to-read subset suitable for Australian actors to absorb.
Ensuring sustainable collaborations amidst rapidly changing regional and global dynamics
by Martin Grabert
… coal is important for mankind, and it will be for a long while yet. But it is too valuable to be burnt, and not only because burning it pollutes the atmosphere that sustains our life.
Report on International Cooperation around the World
Horizon 2020: EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation
by Rado Faletič
Horizon 2020 – the European Union’s massive research and innovation program – presents a range of excellent opportunities for CRCs to deliver on their mission. However, being a foreign program, Australian actors can find it difficult to comprehend and even more difficult to access.
(Lack of) funding is the root of all risk
by Rado Faletič
The European Commission has the mandate of implementing programs that no single country in Europe could ever do by themselves, and also has the luxury of being able to deliver programs and budgets that focus on the long-term. With a budget of €80 billion, and spanning 2014-2020, Horizon 2020 provides an enormous ecosystem of initiatives that supports all aspects of the research game. For CRCs, this program offers an incredible opportunity to become involved with large global research endeavours, showcase your own research and capabilities to a large public and private sector audience, build and extend your international networks and foster long-term international partnerships.
by Martin Grabert
Many of the problems that confront us in Australia also affect other countries. Issues related to climate change are not uniquely Australian challenges; nor is water and energy supply; food or security both for citizens and nations, to name just a few. Enduring links with the rest of the world are important to find workable solutions. Any country with aspirations for the future seeks to collaborate with others in these endeavours. As the Chief Scientist put it: Global collaboration is essential, not an optional add-on.
Unwritten rules and strategies for research collaboration with Europe
Connecting Research and Innovation for Development in the Pacific
by Rado Faletič
In the concluding part of this extended conversation, Rado Faletič extols the virtues of international collaboration and knowledge exchange to foster meaningful growth in science and technology.
Management of Science and Technology in International Collaborative Projects: Background and Practice
Supporting International Collaboration
by Rado Faletič
While there is clearly much to be gained from bilateral and multilateral research collaboration, too often these partnerships are inhibited by difficulties in funding and other infrastructural issues. In the first of an enlightening two-part discussion with International Innovation, Dr Rado Faletič explains how FEAST has facilitated European-Australian collaboration.