5 November 2014

THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House
MEDIA RELEASE


$30 million to support research infrastructure


Australian universities will receive almost $30 million from the Australian Government to fund important infrastructure, capitalizing on links with industry, which will equip researchers with tools to conduct world-class research.

Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, announced the funding today, awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) under its Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme.

“This scheme is an important funding source as it provides our researchers with the resources they need to undertake their research and ability to collaborate with industry and international partners.

“A total of 66 new LIEF research projects will commence next year and our universities will collaborate with 86 organisations and industry partners from across the globe. These collaborating organisations will contribute a further $95 million in cash and in-kind.”

University projects set to receive funding in the 2015 LIEF funding round include:

  • Southern Cross University who will use cutting edge geo-chemical infrastructure to study abiotic and biotic interactions in changing environments ($170 000).
  • Charles Darwin University who will develop state-of-the-art Unmanned Airborne System capability to support field data acquisition with applications for environmental monitoring, disaster management and recording significant indigenous cultural sites ($183 413).
  • The University of Tasmania who will deploy geophysical equipment, including global navigation satellite systems, in Antarctica, to further understand how Earth responds to changes in stress within the crust and upper mantle, and to further strengthen Australia's emerging expertise in polar geophysics ($190 000).
  • The University of New South Wales who will partner with the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), to massively expand free online access to Australasian legal history through digitisation and data aggregation ($410 000).
  • The University of Adelaide who will develop a world-class (and Australian first) three-dimensional dynamic testing facility, including blast and earthquake simulations, field robotics, automotive safety research, and flight/vehicle simulation ($400 000).

This announcement of 66 LIEF projects is part of the 2015 ARC Major Grants announcement totalling $354 million for 941 research projects. A table of funding awarded across Australia is attached.

For a full list of funded LIEF projects please visit the ARC website. To view a selection of projects by State and Territory please view the example sheets in the media announcement kit.

Mr Pyne’s media:
0407 691 050 or pynemedia@education.gov.au

ARC Media:
ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au

Administering Organisation

Total number of Projects

Total ARC Funding

Australian Capital Territory

3

$1,580,000

The Australian National University

3

$1,580,000

Northern Territory

1

$183,413

Charles Darwin University

1

$183,413

New South Wales

20

8,510,068

Macquarie University

1

$440,000

Southern Cross University

1

$170,000

The University of New South Wales

12

$5,770,000

The University of Sydney

4

$1,280,068

University of Technology, Sydney

1

$430,000

University of Wollongong

1

$420,000

Queensland

6

$2,160,000

James Cook University

1

$270,000

Queensland University of Technology

1

$390,000

The University of Queensland

4

$1,500,000

South Australia

7

$2,490,000

The Flinders University of South Australia

1

$860,000

The University of Adelaide

5

$1,340,000

University of South Australia

1

$290,000

Tasmania

2

$760,000

University of Tasmania

2

$760,000

Victoria

18

$8,661,066

Deakin University

2

$510,000

Monash University

7

$3,870,000

RMIT University

1

$410,000

Swinburne University of Technology

2

$1,130,000

The University of Melbourne

6

$2,741,066

Western Australia

9

$4,650,916

Curtin University of Technology

1

$560,000

The University of Western Australia

8

$4,090,916

Total

66

$28,995,463