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Funding research to tackle real-world problems

Funding research to tackle real-world problems

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Minister for Education  


17 February 2019 

Funding research to tackle real-world problems

The Morrison Government is funding new cutting-edge research to keep Australians safe and our economy strong, including a project to catch more drug cheats in the horse racing industry.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced almost $6 million in funding for 14 new research partnerships, including:

  • $313,659 to improve the detection of the illicit use of natural steroids in the thoroughbred racing industry to enhance integrity and animal welfare. This project is a collaboration between The Australian National University and Racing New South Wales.
  • $540,000 to detect and prevent data leaking from the cloud which will improve cyber security for individuals and businesses. This project is a collaboration between Swinburne University of Technology and Joowing Australia Pty Ltd.
  • $418,407 to increase the academic achievement and improve the social and economic wellbeing for children with autism. This project is a collaboration between Griffith University and AEIOU Foundation.

"Detecting the illicit use of natural steroids, like testosterone, is one of the greatest challenges facing all sports," Mr Tehan said.

"This important research will help protect the health and welfare of our race horses as well as guarantee the integrity of our horse racing industry, which contributes $3.2 billion to our economy and directly employs more than 159,000 Australians.

"Australians love their sport and they hate a drug cheat and the Morrison Government is funding research that will help us fight drug cheats in all sports. This research will also help protect the horses from being abused by unscrupulous individuals who would inject them with performance-enhancing substances.

"The Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme brings together higher education and industry to conduct research into pressing issues that affect Australians. These collaborations will make a difference to the lives of everyday Australians."

More details about all Linkage Projects are available from the ARC website.

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