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Thursday, 12 June 2014 

Critical industry issues to be addressed through seven Research Hubs

The Australian Government has committed more than $23.9 million to establish seven new industry research hubs that will address critical industry challenges across areas such as mining and resources, grain improvement, aquaculture and manufacturing.

The funding has been provided through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme.

Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, said the announcement was an important commitment that would assist in securing Australian industries—including mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and food—into the future.

"These new research hubs will support collaborative R&D projects that address challenging industry issues; indeed 26 industry partner organisations are contributing more than $36.4 million cash and in-kind for these new research projects," Mr Pyne said.

"The Australian Government is committed to a vibrant research sector with strong industry collaboration. This particular scheme allows us to deliver exactly that.

"Industry partners range from multinational companies such as BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd to regionally based businesses such as Intrepid Geophysics."

World-class researchers and industry partners at the University of Tasmania will work together to improve profitability and productivity in Australia's mining industry, while researchers at The University of NSW will focus on creating value from mixed plastic and glass waste in manufacturing.

Producing new stress-tolerant wheat varieties will be the focus of a research hub at The University of Adelaide, while researchers at James Cook University in Queensland will look to transform prawn aquaculture, with a focus on the black tiger prawn.

For more information about these funding outcomes please visit the ARC website or view the media announcement kit. A list of the new research hubs is attached.

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (Rd 2—funding commencing in 2014)

Research Hub Administering Organisation Hub Director

ARC funding

(over five years)

ARC Research Hub for transforming waste directly in cost-effective green manufacturing The University of New South Wales

Professor Veena Sahajwalla

$2 181 756
ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore The University of Newcastle

Professor Kevin Galvin

$3 273 780
ARC Research Hub for Basin GEodyNamics and Evolution of SedImentary Systems (GENESIS) The University of Sydney

Professor Dietmar Muller

$2 748 358
ARC Research Hub for advanced breeding to transform prawn aquaculture James Cook University

Professor Dean Jerry

$4 979 922
ARC Research Hub for genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate University of Adelaide Associate Professor Sigrid Heuer $4 308 668
ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium University of Adelaide

Professor Stephen Grano

$2 526 617
ARC Research Hub for Transforming the Mining Value Chain University of Tasmania

Professor David Cooke

$3 966 350