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24 July  2017

Advancing industry-research linkages 

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, today announced $1.2 million to support two new research projects funded under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme.

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, said the two projects involve significant partnerships between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, including industry, with cash and in-kind contributions also provided by their Partner Organisations.

“The funding of these two projects will support collaboration between researchers in our universities with industry, government and other organisations—ultimately the end-users of research—to combine their expertise for solving important ‘real-world’ challenges,” said Professor Thomas.

“Partner Organisation’s will provide a total of $2.6 million in cash and in-kind contributions to further support these two projects, representing $2.16 for every dollar funded by the ARC.”

The two new projects awarded funding today include:

  • $860,000 for a project led by Professor Richard Shine from The University of Sydney will develop a novel approach to address the devastating ecological problems caused by invasive species. Professor Shine will work on this project with: WA Department of Parks and Wildlife; Kimberley Land Council; Matsos; World Wide Fund for Nature Australia; Rangelands NRM WA; Australian Wildlife Conservancy; and Dunkeld Pastoral Co. Pty. Ltd.
  • $365,608 for a project led by Professor Wing Chiu from Monash University to develop a new approach to assess and manage the structural health of large floating covers used by sewage treatment plants to control odour and harvest biogas. Professor Chiu will work on this project with Melbourne Water Corporation; and Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty. Ltd.

“It has now been one year since the ARC commenced a continuous application and assessment process for the Linkage Projects scheme, an important new measure announced by the Australian Government as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda in December 2015,” Professor Thomas added.

“Continuous application and assessment processes are ensuring the Linkage Projects scheme is facilitating successful collaboration between industry and higher education institutions.”

More details about the Linkage Projects announced today, and about the Linkage Projects scheme are available from the ARC website.

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