National Competitive Grants Program
National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training has been established to support novel, innovative and cross-disciplinary research and training in the field of groundwater which enhances and underpins the National Water Initiative. The Centre will provide scale and focus to Australia’s groundwater research effort, building research capacity and providing outcomes of significant national benefit. It will undertake research in all aspects of groundwater and will lead the training of a new generation of hydrogeologists and groundwater specialists. The Centre is an important investment in helping to secure Australia’s future water supply.
The Centre is jointly funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Water Commission (NWC) under the Special Research Initiatives scheme. The ARC and NWC are jointly committing up to $29.5 million over five years. An additional $30 million, over five years, has been committed by organisations affiliated with the Centre which will be based at Flinders University.
The Centre is hosted by Flinders University with research nodes at University of New South Wales, The Australian National University and The University of Queensland.
Centre partners include:
- Charles Sturt University
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- Geoscience Australia (GA)
- James Cook University
- La Trobe University
- Monash University
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of South Australia
- University of Western Australia
- University of Technology Sydney
- SA Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC)
- NSW Department of Primary Industries
- United Water
- SA Water
- Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM)
- Aquaterra Consulting Pty Ltd