5 November 2012

Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

$360m investment in uni research to benefit Australians

Australian universities will receive almost $360 million from the Gillard Government for a range of research programs across a variety of disciplines, including personal safety, resources, astronomy and health.

The Australian Research Council’s 1014 major grants, to be announced today by Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, will also increase opportunities for Indigenous researchers and researchers in the early stages of their careers.

“The Gillard Government is investing in research and researchers to help deliver solutions to national problems and improve the lives of Australians,” Senator Evans said.

“The projects span a variety of issues—mapping the universe, reducing Indigenous incarceration, gravitational waves, energy efficient lighting, the role of mentoring, diseases and parasites.

“This research will deliver results that not only benefit Australians, but keeps Australia at the forefront of global science.

“The Gillard Government recognises the vital contribution science and research makes in driving innovation and keeping Australia competitive.

“From 2012 to 2015, we will invest $58.9 billion in core university funding—that’s $30.1 billion in additional funding for universities—more than double the level of funding on the previous four years under John Howard.”

The new research projects will be funded under the ARC Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.

Senator Evans will announce the successful recipients at Queensland University of Technology on Monday.

Senator Evans’ Media Contact: 
Amy McKenna 0408 570 603