22 December 2021 

Setting up our researchers with the tools for innovation 

Building an automated mobility facility, new technologies for data governance for cultural heritage records, developing a portable sea laboratory and creation of a national fire simulation facility are just some of the exciting new research projects now possible with funding through the Australian Research Council (ARC). 

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, today welcomed the approval by Acting Minister for Education and Youth, The Hon Stuart Robert MP of more than $32.6 million in funding for 46 new collaborative research infrastructure projects to be undertaken as part of the ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme. 

‘The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme provides critical funding for the tools required for universities to conduct vital research in our national priority areas,’ Professor Thomas said. 

‘The scheme fosters important research collaboration through cooperative use of these national and international research facilities allowing large-scale infrastructure, equipment and facilities to be shared and accessed by researchers in partnered organisations.’ 

Some of the research projects set to receive funding in this LIEF round include: 

  • $549,000 to the Queensland University of Technology to establish a new future mobility research facility that will support research on new generations of connected and automated transport systems. 

  • $620,000 to The University of Melbourne to build on the award-winning Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures collection, building new technologies for metadata harvesting, temporal mapping, crowdsourced metadata, and automated transcription. 

  • $552,000 to the University of Tasmania to deliver a portable, sea-going laboratory for the analysis of ocean salinity, dissolved oxygen and dissolved nutrients.  

  • $1.2m to Western Sydney University to establish a national facility for physical fire simulation to conduct high-quality research in fire-related disciplines. 

More details on the LIEF Projects announced today are available on the ARC Announcement Kit page

For further information about the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme, visit the LIEF page on the ARC website. 

ENDS 

Media contact:

ARC Stakeholder Relations 
0412 623 056 or ARCcommunications@arc.gov.au