28 June 2013

Collaboration to drive innovation: ARC Linkage Projects

A vaccine  to protect Tasmanian devils against contagious facial tumours, creating new  technology for the next generation of smartphones and wireless devices, and  preventing anxiety and depression in girls are just some of the research  projects to be granted funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). 

Researchers will partner with industry, business and community organisations in a $101.8 million investment that will drive innovation and deliver outcomes and solutions to benefit all Australians.

Announcing 306 new research projects through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme today, ARC CEO Professor Aidan Byrne said collaboration for quality research and development was fundamental to transforming industries, building communities and strengthening the Australian economy.

"We need to encourage collaboration between researchers, industries, and communities to work together and find solutions to real, everyday challenges and issues," Professor Byrne said.

"It's  about bringing together the scientists in our research institutions with industry, business and community organisations—those who can apply the outcomes of research—to tap into research expertise and share knowledge.

"576  partner organisations will be involved in these varied projects, to contribute a total additional investment (cash and in-kind) of $193.8 million."

The ARC Linkage Projects scheme supports collaborative research projects between higher  education researchers and partner organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Partners must make a significant cash and/or in kind contribution to the project. ARC funding is awarded on a basis of a competitive  process and rigorous assessment to support the highest-quality researchers and  research projects across disciplines.

Funding breakdown by state and territory is provided in attachment.

Details of Linkage Project examples above are included in attachment.

For  information on all 306 projects to be funded from 2013 under the ARC Linkage Projects scheme, visit the ARC website or view the Linkage Projects 2013  funding outcomes media announcement kit.

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