28 June 2013
COLLABORATION TO DRIVE INNOVATION: ARC LINKAGE PROJECTS
A vaccine to protect Tasmanian devils against contagious facial tumours, creating new technology for the next generation of smartphones and wireless devices, and preventing anxiety and depression in girls are just some of the research projects to be granted funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
Researchers will partner with industry, business and community organisations in a $101.8 million investment that will drive innovation and deliver outcomes and solutions to benefit all Australians.
Announcing 306 new research projects through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme today, ARC CEO Professor Aidan Byrne said collaboration for quality research and development was fundamental to transforming industries, building communities and strengthening the Australian economy.
"We need to encourage collaboration between researchers, industries, and communities to work together and find solutions to real, everyday challenges and issues," Professor Byrne said.
"It's about bringing together the scientists in our research institutions with industry, business and community organisations—those who can apply the outcomes of research—to tap into research expertise and share knowledge.
"576 partner organisations will be involved in these varied projects, to contribute a total additional investment (cash and in-kind) of $193.8 million."
The ARC Linkage Projects scheme supports collaborative research projects between higher education researchers and partner organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Partners must make a significant cash and/or in kind contribution to the project. ARC funding is awarded on a basis of a competitive process and rigorous assessment to support the highest-quality researchers and research projects across disciplines.
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