In 2012–13, the Australian Government funded the Special Research Initiative for a Science of Learning Research Centre.

The Centre will bring together education professionals and high quality researchers in areas ranging from neuroscience and cognitive development through to pedagogy and educational technology. The research undertaken through the Centre will aim to identify new teaching practices that are based on solid scientific evidence.

The initiative was developed with support from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and is a key recommendation of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council Expert Working Group report, Transforming Learning and the Transmission of Knowledge (2009).

The successful proposal is titled 'The Science of Learning Research Centre' (SLRC).

Please visit the Science of Learning Research Centre website for further information.

Funding: $16 000 000 over four years

Centre Director: *Professor Pankaj Sah

Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

Collaborating Organisations:

  • Australian Council for Educational Research
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Deakin University
  • Macquarie University
  • The Flinders University of South Australia
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of New England.

Partner Organisations:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Institute of Education, London
  • North Caroline State University
  • Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment
  • Questacon—The National Science and Technology Centre
  • SA Department of Education and Child Development
  • The Benevolent Society
  • University College London
  • Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

*Initial Centre Director: Professor Ottmar Lipp

Key documents relating to the application and selection process are available below:

Selection Report - Funding Outcome for funding commencing in 2012