30 June 2012

SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research
MEDIA RELEASE
 

Industry-based research solving 21st Century challenges


Researchers, industries, communities and governments are partnering to solve some of the key challenges in areas such as medicine, the environment and the economy.

This research and more is being supported by a $58.4 million investment from the Gillard Government, provided through the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme.

Announcing 185 new research projects today, Science and Research Minister Senator Chris Evans said quality research and development was helping transform industries, build communities and strengthen the Australian economy.

“The Government is encouraging collaboration between researchers, industries, and communities to work together and find solutions to everyday problems like healthcare, skills shortages, food security and our changing climate,” Senator Evans said.

“These projects will deliver tangible, economic outcomes for all Australians.

“It is important to invest in science and research to drive innovation and growth in the Australian economy—after the mining boom is over, Australia will remain a smart country.” 

Linkage Projects include:

  • University of Adelaide partnership with Gamma Vaccines to develop a single vaccine that provides long-lasting protection against the flu and pneumonia
  • Development by Queensland University of Technology and partners of a program in schools to teach students the value of engineering
  • University of Wollongong development of a high-energy, longer life lithium-ion batteries for cleaner energy
  • Deakin University development to protect cyberspace that is essential to the daily work of Australian people, safeguarding Australia from cybercrime and terrorism
  • A University of Tasmania project to safeguard the southern rock lobster fishery for the future
  • A Griffith University project to identify the Queensland regions most at risk of flood
  • A University of Western Australia project to develop and install new sensors to monitor blockages in liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, which often cause expensive unplanned plant shutdowns.

For more information on all 185 projects, visit the ARC website.

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.

Senator Evans’ Media Contact: 
Amy McKenna 0408 570 603