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Research to benefit Australians

Research to benefit Australians

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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education


4 December 2019

Research to benefit Australians

The Morrison Government is funding innovative research that will benefit Australians.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced almost $285 million in funding for 660 new research collaborations to start next year.

Projects include:

  • Research into the effects of screen time on children’s development by using wearable cameras to measure what children are doing on devices and for how long ($658,544, Australian Catholic University).
  • The development of new computer methods to design cheaper and safer infrastructure ($395,000, University of Newcastle).
  • Research to improve trust and confidence in financial markets and make them work better for the benefit of society ($191,352, University of Technology Sydney).
  • Research into how much physical activity and sleep children need each day to best support development ($388,333, University of Wollongong).

"Our Government is investing in high-quality research and the future of Australian research being carried out in our universities," Mr Tehan said. "The research done by our universities can lead to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains.

"This investment will help develop solutions to problems in areas such as health, infrastructure, economics and the environment. "Our Government is strategically investing in partnerships between universities, industry and government to drive the commercialisation of research."

New applications from researchers whose proposals for research were not approved by the previous Minister had been submitted in this funding round and have been successful.

"The public accountability of these projects have been improved by the application of the national interest test which uses plain English to explain the value of research to the country," Mr Tehan said. "The ARC recommended three projects that had previously been rejected but are now markedly different and these have been approved in this round."

More information about the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects is available online.

Media contact:
Tehan: Byron Vale 02 6277 7350 |


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