THE HON DAN TEHAN MP
Minister for Education

THE HON DR JOHN MCVEIGH MP
Member for Groom

MEDIA RELEASE

8 November 2019

$1.2 million towards world-leading research projects in Toowoomba

World-leading research will take place in Toowoomba thanks to Morrison Government funding.

The Morrison Government is providing $1.2 million to fund three research projects at the University of Southern Queensland, through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Member for Groom John McVeigh joined University of Southern Queensland Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie at USQ today to announce the funding and congratulate the researchers on this significant achievement.

“These are incredible research projects taking place in our local community, from investigating the role of gas giant planets in making earth habitable, to researching a new type of high performance combustion engine that will be cheaper, lighter and more efficient,” Dr McVeigh said.

“These are world-leading research projects addressing important issues that will make a real difference to every Australian.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said research done at our universities led to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains.

“The productive capacity of our nation relies on educated workers, able to access innovation and research, to drive growth and opportunity,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our Government is making a significant investment in Australia’s next generation of researchers working in key priority areas to grow our research and innovation capacity.

“This research will generate new knowledge, develop new technologies, and lead to new products and jobs. The research targeting natural disasters will make Australians safer and improve how we prepare for future challenges.”

The Morrison Government is providing $81.8 million to fund 200 research projects through the DECRA program.


Media contact:
Tehan: Byron Vale 02 6277 7350 | minister.media@education.gov.au
McVeigh: Clare Siddins 07 4632 4144