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Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for Education and Training
Senator for South Australia

Media release

30 October 2015

$37.9 million for new research infrastructure, equipment & facilities

Expanding our capability to observe the universe, establishing an advanced DNA identification and forensics facility, and improving ore deposits discovery and recovery are some of the new research projects that will commence following the announcement of Australian Government funding today.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced the funding in Adelaide as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Major Grants Announcement.

The $37.9 million was awarded for 54 new research projects under the ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities funding (LIEF) scheme, which provides researchers with the tools they require to undertake their research.

Senator Birmingham said an important feature of the LIEF scheme is collaboration.

“This scheme fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of international or national research facilities.

“A total of 54 new LIEF research projects will commence next year with a total of 72 collaborating organisations and industry partners from across the globe.

“These collaborating organisations will contribute a further $52 million in cash and in-kind, further strengthening Australia’s research linkages with industry, business and international researchers.”

Examples of some of the 54 projects funded today include:

  • $1,000,000 to researchers at Curtin University of Technology to build a second phase of the Murchison Widefield Array in Western Australia, which will double the number of antennas in the array and the maximum baseline length, and boost our all-sky survey capabilities
  • $250,000 for researchers at The University of Adelaide to establish an advanced DNA identification and forensics facility that will deliver outcomes such as improved pest and threatened species identification, as well as missing person and disaster victim identification
  • $600,000 to researchers at the University of Tasmania for a new state-of-the-art field emission electron microprobe that will establish new research strengths in the field of earth and materials science and may improve efficiencies of discovery and recovery of ore deposits.

For more information about the funding awarded today please visit ARC Funding Announcements or the ARC website.

Minister’s Media Contact: 0447 644 957
ARC Media Contact: communications[@]arc.gov.au or 0412 623 056

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2016 funding outcomes—snapshot by State and Organisation 

Administering Organisation

Total number of projects

Total ARC funding

Australian Capital Territory

2

$13,000,000

The Australian National University

2

$13,000,000

New South Wales

19

$9,110,000

Macquarie University

2

$1,195,000

The University of New South Wales

9

$4,245,000

The University of Newcastle

1

$155,000

The University of Sydney

5

$2,180,000

University of Wollongong

2

$1,335,000

Queensland

3

$2,290,000

The University of Queensland

3

$2,290,000

South Australia

6

$2,160,000

The Flinders University of South Australia

1

$500,000

The University of Adelaide

4

$1,290,000

University of South Australia

1

$370,000

Tasmania

1

$600,000

University of Tasmania

1

$600,000

Victoria

17

$7,203,900

Deakin University

1

$367,900

Monash University

6

$2,460,000

RMIT University

2

$641,500

Swinburne University of Technology

1

$367,000

The University of Melbourne

7

$3,367,500

Western Australia

6

$3,610,000

Curtin University of Technology

2

$1,320,000

The University of Western Australia

4

$2,290,000

Total

54

$37,973,900