THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP 
MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND YOUTH

MEDIA RELEASE

11 August 2021

$93 million to keep Australia at the forefront of global research

The Morrison Government is investing a further $93 million to ensure world-leading research continues to be carried out right here in Australia.

The 2021 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships scheme will see 100 new research projects funded at universities around Australia, focussed on areas of national priority.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the additional funding would ensure Australia is at the forefront of research that will deliver real-world solutions to global challenges. 

“We want Australian researchers developing the breakthrough ideas, new products and innovations that will create jobs, grow our economy and improve our society,” Minister Tudge said.

“Importantly, these research projects will keep some of the world’s finest minds right here in Australia so that we directly reap the benefits of their research.

“From better understanding microscopic cells and molecules, to using solar energy to explore the expanses of space, these projects will unlock new knowledge and increase our standing on the world stage.

Projects being funded include:

  • $810,000 to RMIT University for research that will boost growth, resistance and yields from local crops and increase productivity in Australian agriculture.
  • $919,000 to Australian National University to develop new, cheaper, more compact and robust quantum technologies.
  • $755,000 to University of NSW to design new antimicrobial materials to fight drug-resistant bacteria in healthcare and agriculture. 
  • $995,000 to University of Queensland to investigate new ways to support people with a disability into work.
  • $1,126,000 to University of Western Australia to advance 3D computer vision for use in 3D mapping, surveying, robotics and autonomous vehicles.

Future Fellowships provide successful researchers with an opportunity to dedicate four years to their research endeavours in Australia.

To date in 2021, more than $673 million dollars has been injected into more than 1100 research projects through the ARC.

Further information about the ARC Future Fellowships scheme, including a full list of successful projects will be available on the ARC website

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