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MEDIA RELEASE  

24 February 2017

Linkage Projects: Continuing to facilitate industry collaboration

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, has today announced $4.9 million for another 11 successful research projects funded under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, including research to: strengthen anti-counterfeiting features for Australian banknotes; ensure safe drinking water supplies; develop lighter and stronger plastics; advance faster, higher resolution 3D printing technology; and measure driving patterns to help establish ‘fitness to drive’ for older Australians.

ARC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Leanne Harvey, said the ARC continues to deliver on an important National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) measure—a continuous application and assessment process for the ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme with the aim of improving research-industry collaboration and fast-tracking research.

“This new funding is provided to six universities across Australia to support 11 new Linkage Projects that involve significant collaboration between higher education institutions and their partner organisations—25 national and international partner and industry organisations will provide cash and in-kind contributions of over $8.4 million,” Ms Harvey said.

“Among six new Linkage Projects awarded to The University of Melbourne, researchers will work with the Reserve Bank of Australia to develop anti-counterfeiting features for future Australian banknotes; and Melbourne Water Corporation to develop a program to prevent waterborne diseases in drinking water.

“Researchers at The University of Queensland will work with Eden Innovations to develop lighter and stronger plastics for manufacturing applications.

“University of Tasmania researchers will collaborate with Young Optics to develop high speed, high fidelity 3D printing that will provide manufacturing with unprecedented capability.

“Curtin University of Technology will create a partnership with the Road Safety Commission, Alzheimer’s Australia and other key partners to comprehensively investigate the impact of mild dementia on driving performance.

“Queensland University of Technology will work with six partner organisations, including the National Heart Foundation of Australia, to assess and improve South East Queensland parks to more effectively encourage physical activity and improve health and wellbeing.

“The University of Adelaide will work with four partner organisations, including Origin Energy, to develop a 4D tectonic geography framework to support the effective exploration of the Australian McArthur Basin.”

More details about all the Linkage Projects announced today are available from the ARC website.

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