Innovative partnerships connecting researchers and industry

New research to find novel ways to recover metals from waste and electronics, develop guidelines for the installation of offshore wind turbines, and create new food business opportunities to empower vulnerable communities can get underway with the announcement of research partnerships today.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, said five successful innovative research projects totalling $2.4 million were announced today by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, under the ARC Linkage Projects scheme. 

“The Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme supports university-based researchers to engage in essential collaborations with other parts of the innovation system, including industry partners and community organisations,” said Professor Thomas.

“These important collaborations with their research partners allow researchers in Australian universities to work towards practical solutions to ‘real world’ industry and community challenges, in practical settings.

“These five projects, to be carried out over the next five years, will involve cash and in-kind support of a further $6.8 million from 12 partner community and industry organisations, in addition to this substantial Australian Government funding support.”

The five new ARC Linkage Projects awarded funding today are:

  • $423,500 for Professor David Schlosberg at The University of Sydney—collaborating with the Council of the City of Sydney;  TAFE NSW; and FoodLab Detroit—to address food insecurity by assisting vulnerable populations to participate in the development of new food enterprises, to empower individuals and communities and create new economic development opportunities.  
  • $824,948 for Professor Evgueni Jak at The University of Queensland—collaborating with Nyrstar Port Pirie Pty Ltd;  Umicore NV;  Aurubis AG;  Kazzinc Ltd; and Boliden Group—to generate advanced chemical thermodynamic models and tools to develop novel processes for the efficient recovery and recycling of metals from complex sources such as electronic components and hazardous wastes.
  • $460,000 for Professor Jian-Feng Nie at Monash University—collaborating with Baosteel Company; and Magontec Limited—to develop novel alloys and processing technologies that can produce more lightweight, more fuel-efficient and better performing magnesium products and consumer goods with lower processing costs.
  • $395,000 for Associate Professor Britta Bienen at The University of Western Australia—collaborating with Lloyd’s Register EMEA—to develop an industry guideline for the installation of suction caisson foundations, a new form of fixed platform anchor for offshore wind turbines, to contribute to the economic and reliable design of suction caisson foundations and more rapid take-up of offshore wind energy.
  • $290,521 for Professor Michael Johns at The University of Western Australia—collaborating with Chevron Energy Technology Pty Ltd—to assess the viability of potential shale oil and gas reserves—which have the potential to provide a rapidly dispatchable energy source and could play a key role as a transition fuel to renewable energy—using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) core analysis and well logging techniques to characterise shale samples.

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

The ARC accepts proposals under the Linkage Projects scheme on a continuous basis—with successful grants announced throughout the year.

 

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