8 November 2013

Minister for Education 
Leader of the House

Coalition announces $522 million 1177 new research projects

Australia’s research and innovation sector will receive a $522 million boost with Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne today announcing 1177 new research projects funded by the Australia Research Council (ARC).

The funding has been announced as part of the ARC’s Future Fellowships scheme (commencing 2013) and major grants schemes (commencing 2014).

The schemes for which these projects have received funding include:

  • 201 projects under the Future Fellowships scheme
  • 703 projects under the Discovery Projects scheme
  • 200 projects under the Discovery Early Career Research Award scheme
  • 63 projects under the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme
  • 10 projects under the Discovery Indigenous scheme.

Mr Pyne said the announcement of more than one thousand new research projects, many with international collaborations, was an significant investment.

“If Australia is continue to produce ground-breaking research outcomes, ‘eureka’ moments and Nobel Laureates, then a strong investment in research is needed.

“The Coalition Government is committed to enabling our researchers to investigate, explore and discover and to deliver outcomes that benefit the nation.

“In the past ARC funding has produced award winning research. Only last week Professor Ruth Bishop received the Florey Medal for her 1973 discovery of rotavirus; and Professor Terry Speed received the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.“

“I am confident that the research funding announced today will in time appear in prizes like these announced last week,” Minister Pyne said.

For more information about these funding outcomes please visit the ARC website or view the media announcement kit.

Mr Pyne’s media: 0407 691 050, pynemedia@education.gov.au 
ARC Media: 0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au