12 June 2014 

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


Critical industry issues to be addressed through seven Research Hubs


The Australian Government has committed more than $23.9 million to establish seven new industry research hubs that will address critical industry challenges across areas such as mining and resources, grain improvement, aquaculture and manufacturing.

The funding has been provided through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme.

Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, said the announcement was an important commitment that would assist in securing Australian industries—including mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and food—into the future.

"These new research hubs will support collaborative R&D projects that address challenging industry issues; indeed 26 industry partner organisations are contributing more than $36.4 million cash and in-kind for these new research projects," Mr Pyne said.

"The Australian Government is committed to a vibrant research sector with strong industry collaboration. This particular scheme allows us to deliver exactly that.

"Industry partners range from multinational companies such as BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd to regionally based businesses such as Intrepid Geophysics."

World-class researchers and industry partners at the University of Tasmania will work together to improve profitability and productivity in Australia's mining industry, while researchers at The University of NSW will focus on creating value from mixed plastic and glass waste in manufacturing.

Producing new stress-tolerant wheat varieties will be the focus of a research hub at The University of Adelaide, while researchers at James Cook University in Queensland will look to transform prawn aquaculture, with a focus on the black tiger prawn.

For more information about these funding outcomes please visit the ARC website or view the media announcement kit. A list of the new research hubs is attached.

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

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (Rd 2—funding commencing in 2014)
Research Hub
Administering Organisation
Hub Director
ARC funding
(over five years)
ARC Research Hub for transforming waste directly in cost-effective green manufacturing
The University of New South Wales
Professor Veena Sahajwalla
$2 181 756
ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore
The University of Newcastle
Professor Kevin Galvin
$3 273 780
ARC Research Hub for Basin GEodyNamics and Evolution of SedImentary Systems (GENESIS)
The University of Sydney
Professor Dietmar Muller
$2 748 358
ARC Research Hub for advanced breeding to transform prawn aquaculture
James Cook University
Professor Dean Jerry
$4 979 922
ARC Research Hub for genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate
University of Adelaide
Associate Professor Sigrid Heuer
$4 308 668
ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium
University of Adelaide
Professor Stephen Grano
$2 526 617
ARC Research Hub for Transforming the Mining Value Chain
University of Tasmania
Professor David Cooke
$3 966 350