1 November 2011

SENATOR KIM CARR
Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research


Research for a healthier future

Better treatment for cancer, improved communication in hospitals and tackling obesity in families at risk are likely to flow from the Gillard Labor Government’s $310 million investment in research.

Announcing funding for over 1,000 national research projects, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Government was encouraging health research to secure a healthier future for all Australians.

“Researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney, will use a $170 000 grant to examine experiences of patients and doctors to improve reporting of medical incidents to save lives.

“University of Queensland researchers will receive a $405 000 grant to produce a novel image-guidance system to better target cancer tumours during radiotherapy, for more effective cancer treatments.

“And the University of Adelaide will use a $162 885 grant to see what messages about healthy eating and increased physical activity work—or don’t work—to help families at risk of obesity.”

The research projects were announced as part of the Australian Research Council’s 2012 Major Grants Announcement, with $310 million announced for over 1,000 research projects nationwide. Funding will begin in 2012 and be administered over a period of up to five years under the Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Projects, Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Projects and Linkage Projects schemes.

To view the summaries of all funding outcomes and information on the funding schemes, visit the Funding Announcement Kits page.

For more information on the ARC and the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio, including the research grants available, visit  their websites.

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