The Australian Research Council (ARC) funds a research initiative, the PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) Remediation Research Program through the ARC’s Special Research Initiatives scheme. 

Scope

The Special Research Initiative: PFAS Remediation Research Program aims to facilitate the development of innovative technologies to investigate and remediate PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) contaminated media including soil and other solid contaminated debris, groundwater, waterways and marine systems.
The Program funds research to: 

  • minimise PFAS in the environment
  • develop effective technologies that can be applied to remediate PFAS contaminated soil, waterways, waste, debris and/or large volumes of groundwater
  • develop options and mechanisms through which these effective technologies can be applied in the field.

Announcements

On 18 September 2019, the outcomes for Round 2 of the PFAS Remediation Research Program were released. Four projects were awarded a total of $2.7 million. Project details are available from the ARC’s dynamic Funding Announcements web page.

On 10 August 2018, the Government announced the funding outcomes for Round 1 of the PFAS Remediation Research Program. Nine projects were awarded a total of $8.2 million. Project details are available from the ARC’s dynamic Funding Announcements web page.

There are no new funding rounds planned under this scheme. However, the ARC will continue to support PFAS remediation research projects through funding opportunities under other schemes of the National Competitive Grants Program.

For more information about PFAS, please visit the​​​ Australian Government’s PFAS website

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