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

Media release

1 November 2016

Turnbull Government announces funding for ground-breaking research

Creating a new laser system for satellite tracking and mitigating the impacts of space debris, investigating how smartphones can assist people with a disability to navigate essential services, and developing high-performance batteries for electric vehicles are among 989 new research projects that will receive funding from the Turnbull Government.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced the $416.6 million in funding as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) National Competitive Grants Programme.

The schemes for which projects have received funding include:

  • Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2017—$234.7 million for 630 projects
  • Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2017—$4.6 million for 11 projects
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for funding commencing in 2017—$71.7 million for 200 projects
  • Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2016—$77.0 million for 100 projects.
  • Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities for funding commencing in 2017—$28.6 million for 48 projects

Minister Birmingham said the funding announced today was a crucial investment in growing a smart Australia, driving innovation and delivering real outcomes that benefit all Australians.

“This funding represents a significant investment in a wide variety of fundamental and applied research projects, growing Australia’s research capacity and infrastructure, and supporting the next generation of researchers,” Minister Birmingham said.

Highlights include:

  • $117,000 to a Discovery Projects researcher at Queensland University of Technology, who will develop best practice solutions to improve the living environment of retirement villages and the quality of life for ageing Australians.
  • $187,222 for a Discovery Projects researcher at Curtin University of Technology to understand how people with a disability use smartphones to navigate the urban environment, for improving access to public space and essential services.
  • $652,000 for a Future Fellow at The University of Wollongong to develop innovative technologies for high-performance lithium-ion batteries for portable electronic devices, including electric vehicles.
  • $372,000 to an Early Career Researcher at The University of Adelaide to discover the genes for developing crops with enhanced salt tolerance.
  • $502,453 for infrastructure at The Australian National University to create a laser system for the first laser guide star for use in astronomy, satellite tracking and mitigation of the threat of space debris.

“The Turnbull Government is investing record amounts in supporting our best and brightest fellowship researchers and is correcting the funding cliff left by Labor,” Minister Birmingham said.

A snapshot with details of the funding outcomes is attached.

For more information about the funding outcomes, including statistics and full project details please visit the  ARC website or view the ARC  media announcement kit.

 

Minister Birmingham’s media contact:
Nick Creevey 0447 644 957


ARC media contact: 
0412 623 056 or communications[@]arc.gov.au

 


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November 2016 Major Grants Announcement—Overall Snapshot by State and Organisation

 

State/Administering Organisation

Discovery Project 
2017

Discovery Indigenous 2017

DECRA 
2017

Future Fellowships
2016

LIEF 
2017

Total Projects funded

Total funding

Projects funded

$
funding

Projects funded

$
funding

Projects funded

$
funding

Projects funded

$
funding

Projects funded

$
funding

Australian Capital Territory

48

$20,434,500

 

 

26

$9,409,949

15

$11,637,782

4

$3,233,453

93

$44,715,684

The Australian National University

46

$18,887,000

 

 

26

$9,409,949

15

$11,637,782

4

$3,233,453

91

$43,168,184

University of Canberra

2

$1,547,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

$1,547,500

New South Wales

220

$77,634,771

2

$660,400

67

$23,929,575

25

$19,307,859

10

$5,605,275

324

$127,137,880

Australian Catholic University

5

$1,892,500

 

 

2

$704,506

 

 

 

 

7

$2,597,006

Charles Sturt University

 

 

1

$348,000

1

$372,000

 

 

 

 

2

$720,000

Macquarie University

20

$6,582,598

 

 

7

$2,562,000

2

$1,457,054

 

 

29

$10,601,652

Southern Cross University

2

$608,110

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$552,000

3

$1,160,110

The University of New England

2

$840,068

 

 

3

$1,056,029

1

$719,313

 

 

6

$2,615,410

The University of New South Wales

88

$32,091,545

 

 

21

$7,511,404

8

$5,847,386

3

$2,358,275

120

$47,808,610

The University of Newcastle

8

$2,632,000

 

 

6

$2,181,000

1

$930,000

 

 

15

$5,743,000

The University of Sydney

54

$18,481,061

1

$312,400

13

$4,652,298

7

$5,916,706

4

$2,045,000

79

$31,407,465

University of Technology, Sydney

15

$5,324,987

 

 

5

$1,762,208

3

$2,027,400

1

$450,000

24

$9,564,595

University of Wollongong

16

$5,341,402

 

 

8

$2,759,130

2

$1,515,000

1

$200,000

27

$9,815,532

Western Sydney University

10

$3,840,500

 

 

1

$369,000

1

$895,000

 

 

12

$5,104,500

Northern Territory

 

 

1

$358,313

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$358,313

Charles Darwin University

 

 

1

$358,313

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$358,313

Queensland

90

$33,875,012

2

$975,000

30

$10,809,346

13

$10,244,250

8

$4,015,000

143

$59,918,608

Griffith University

16

$5,616,738

 

 

5

$1,728,624

4

$3,200,168

2

$915,000

27

$11,460,530

James Cook University

3

$1,093,774

 

 

1

$372,000

1

$940,000

 

 

5

$2,405,774

Queensland University of Technology

16

$5,382,000

 

 

4

$1,409,000

1

$652,000

2

$1,150,000

23

$8,593,000

The University of Queensland

55

$21,782,500

2

$975,000

19

$6,954,598

7

$5,452,082

4

$1,950,000

87

$37,114,180

University of Southern Queensland

 

 

 

 

1

$345,124

 

 

 

 

1

$345,124

South Australia

36

$14,166,000

1

$337,000

10

$3,562,271

6

$5,334,576

6

$3,402,000

59

$26,801,847

The Flinders University of South Australia

7

$2,805,000

 

 

1

$359,586

 

 

1

$465,000

9

$3,629,586

The University of Adelaide

23

$9,117,000

 

 

5

$1,761,708

3

$2,730,464

5

$2,937,000

36

$16,546,172

University of South Australia

6

$2,244,000

1

$337,000

4

$1,440,977

3

$2,604,112

 

 

14

$6,626,089

Tasmania

11

$4,787,451

 

 

2

$742,159

2

$1,332,540

 

 

15

$6,862,150

University of Tasmania

11

$4,787,451

 

 

2

$742,159

2

$1,332,540

 

 

15

$6,862,150

Victoria

183

$67,207,050

3

$1,200,474

55

$19,685,969

35

$26,406,136

13

$7,702,000

289

$122,201,629

Deakin University

12

$4,202,000

 

 

3

$1,093,124

3

$2,654,992

1

$350,000

19

$8,300,116

La Trobe University

12

$3,836,881

 

 

1

$343,000

3

$2,061,054

 

 

16

$6,240,935

Monash University

62

$24,006,553

 

 

21

$7,495,303

18

$12,978,216

5

$3,439,000

106

$47,919,072

RMIT University

14

$4,685,260

 

 

5

$1,761,593

3

$2,579,108

1

$250,000

23

$9,275,961

Swinburne University of Technology

10

$3,535,000

 

 

2

$720,000

1

$652,000

1

$458,000

14

$5,365,000

The University of Melbourne

72

$26,702,356

3

$1,200,474

23

$8,272,949

7

$5,480,766

4

$2,730,000

109

$44,386,545

Victoria University

1

$239,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$475,000

2

$714,000

Western Australia

42

$16,555,868

2

$1,103,704

10

$3,561,404

4

$2,760,520

7

$4,671,000

65

$28,652,496

Curtin University of Technology

12

$4,642,722

 

 

2

$720,000

1

$652,000

1

$780,000

16

$6,794,722

Edith Cowan University

 

 

 

 

1

$372,000

 

 

1

$170,000

2

$542,000

Murdoch University

2

$652,572

1

$371,000

1

$304,080

 

 

1

$2,168,000

5

$3,495,652

The University of Western Australia

28

$11,260,574

1

$732,704

6

$2,165,324

3

$2,108,520

4

$1,553,000

42

$17,820,122

Total

630

$234,660,652

11

$4,634,891

200

$71,700,673

100

$77,023,663

48

$28,628,728

989

$416,648,607