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

Media release

6 May 2016                                                                                      

Research that drives innovation for Australia’s future

Real-world problems in infrastructure, health and cybersecurity will be tackled by Australia’s brightest minds after the Turnbull Government today announced funding for 258 new research projects.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government had committed $163 million to researchers across the country from 31 universities to collaborate with industry and business and to address pressing issues as diverse as identity theft, different disease strains and farming crop yields.

Minister Birmingham said the funding was another example of the Turnbull Government’s work to support innovation in Australia and to ensure it was targeted at those things that make a difference to Australia and generate meaningful social and economic benefits.

“This $163 million Turnbull Government commitment to the latest round of research grants will improve the lives of everyday Australians through encouraging research that will be able to partner with industry and create real-world benefits,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The impacts and benefits from these 258 research projects will be felt in hospitals and schools, on farms and in homes across the country.”

Minister Birmingham said the latest round of grants, funded through the Australian Research Council (ARC), includes:

  • 16 new Fellowships worth $44.1m under the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme
  • 231 new research projects worth $81.2m under the Linkage Projects scheme
  • 5 new hubs worth $15.7m under the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme
  • 6 new centres worth $22m under the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

“The new research projects under the Linkage Projects scheme are also supported by 477 partner organisations where researchers team up with businesses and corporate Australia, think-tanks and other institutions to deliver breakthroughs that solve real-world problems,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Those partners have pledged support—cash and in-kind—of $162.9 million. That represents $2.01 for every dollar from the Commonwealth and highlights the value of research done at Australian universities and labs.

“The 16 Laureate Fellows we’ve appointed and supported include two Australians returning from overseas and four international researchers, all bringing some of the world’s leading thinking to our shores. We must continue to encourage not only the brightest Australian minds to explore opportunities here, but also to attract the best from overseas to share their knowledge in Australia.

“We know the important value of the Future Fellowships scheme but the previous Labor government left a funding cliff for this vital research program. The Coalition is committed to supporting our world class researchers.

“Our new Research Hubs and Training Centres are poised to be incubators for the next generations of researchers who will learn to view their research and work from the perspective of its end-users—the Australian public and industries.

“That level of collaboration with industry will ensure research is more responsive to the needs and priorities of our society and economy, a key concept of the Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.”

 

Minister Birmingham’s media contact: 
James Murphy 0478 333 974
Nick Creevey 0447 644 957

ARC Media Contact: 
communications@arc.gov.au
0412 623 056

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2016 May Grants funding outcomes—snapshot by State and Organisation

State/Administering Organisation

 LP Projects funded

LP funding

 ITTC Projects funded

ITTC funding

 ITRH Projects funded

ITRH funding

 FL Projects funded

FL funding

Total Projects funded

Total funding

Australian Capital Territory

11

$4,073,684

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

$4,073,684

The Australian National University

10

$3,733,684

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

$3,733,684

University of Canberra

1

$340,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$340,000

New South Wales

72

$25,181,762

2

$6,074,143

1

$3,708,510

2

$4,937,213

77

$39,901,628

Australian Catholic University

3

$1,219,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

$1,219,000

Charles Sturt University

1

$355,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$355,000

Macquarie University

7

$2,340,445

 

 

 

 

1

$2,409,738

8

$4,750,183

Southern Cross University

1

$401,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$401,000

The University of New England

1

$440,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$440,000

The University of New South Wales

25

$7,609,952

1

$3,815,143

 

 

 

 

26

$11,425,095

The University of Newcastle

8

$2,971,804

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

$2,971,804

The University of Sydney

12

$4,724,026

1

$2,259,000

 

 

1

$2,527,475

14

$9,510,501

University of Technology, Sydney

6

$1,889,000

 

 

1

$3,708,510

 

 

7

$5,597,510

University of Western Sydney

2

$1,099,335

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

$1,099,335

University of Wollongong

6

$2,132,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

$2,132,200

Queensland

43

$14,280,017

2

$8,063,791

2

$4,376,338

5

$13,723,455

52

$40,443,601

Griffith University

6

$1,388,464

 

 

 

 

1

$2,553,690

7

$3,942,154

James Cook University

1

$490,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$490,000

Queensland University of Technology

5

$1,729,892

1

$3,722,989

 

 

2

$5,316,179

8

$10,769,060

The University of Queensland

29

$9,906,061

1

$4,340,802

2

$4,376,338

2

$5,853,586

34

$24,476,787

University of the Sunshine Coast

2

$765,600

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

$765,600

South Australia

15

$4,692,299

 

 

1

$2,611,346

 

 

16

$7,303,645

The Flinders University of South Australia

1

$300,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$300,000

The University of Adelaide

8

$2,685,194

 

 

1

$2,611,346

 

 

9

$5,296,540

University of South Australia

6

$1,707,105

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

$1,707,105

Tasmania

3

$1,073,000

 

 

 

 

 2

 $5,361,019

5

$6,434,019

University of Tasmania

3

$1,073,000

 

 

 

 

 2

 $5,361,019

5

$6,434,019

Victoria

67

$23,381,815

2

$7,906,133

1

$5,000,000

6

$17,184,541

76

$53,472,489

Deakin University

5

$1,956,204

1

$4,881,754

 

 

 

 

6

$6,837,958

La Trobe University

3

$848,026

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

$848,026

Monash University

17

$6,361,969

 

 

1

$5,000,000

2

$5,767,295

20

$17,129,264

RMIT University

8

$2,300,975

1

$3,024,379

 

 

 

 

9

$5,325,354

Swinburne University of Technology

2

$697,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

$697,000

The University of Melbourne

32

$11,217,641

 

 

 

 

4

$11,417,246

36

$22,634,887

Western Australia

20

$8,535,861

 

 

 

 

1

$2,917,224

21

$11,453,085

Curtin University of Technology

6

$1,808,669

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

$1,808,669

Murdoch University

4

$1,515,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

$1,515,000

The University of Western Australia

10

$5,212,192

 

 

 

 

1

$2,917,224

11

$8,129,416

Total

231

$81,218,438

6

$22,044,067

5

$15,696,194

16

$44,123,452

258

$163,082,151