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$360m investment in uni research to benefit Australians

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


5 November 2012

$360m investment in uni research to benefit Australians

Australian universities will receive almost $360 million from the Gillard Government for a range of research programs across a variety of disciplines, including personal safety, resources, astronomy and health.

The Australian Research Council’s major grants will also increase opportunities for Indigenous researchers and researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today announced the 1014 successful research projects, plus a new National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

“The Gillard Government is investing in research and researchers to help deliver solutions to national problems and improve the lives of Australians,” Senator Evans said.

“The projects span a variety of topics - mapping the universe, reducing Indigenous incarceration, gravitational waves, energy efficient lighting, the role of mentoring, local and foreign diseases and parasites.

“This research will deliver results that not only benefit Australians, but keeps Australia at the forefront of global science.

“The Gillard Government recognises the vital contribution science and research makes in driving innovation and keeping Australia competitive.

“From 2012 to 2015, we will invest $58.9 billion in core university funding - that’s $30.1 billion in additional funding for universities - more than double the level of funding on the previous four years under John Howard.”

At QUT, Dr Christine Satchell will investigate the potential for mobile technology to be designed to enhance personal safety in urban environments at night to keep the streets safer.

As an early-career researcher, Dr Satchell will receive more than $370,000 over three years under the Discovery Early Career Researchers Award scheme.

“The mix of salary and projects costs will give Dr Satchell the ability to better focus on her research, with the aim of providing great outcomes that will improve personal safety,” Senator Evans said.

Dr Satchell’s project is just one of the 1014 new research projects to be funded under the ARC Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.

Senator Evans also announced QUT as the lead organisation for the Government’s new $3.2 million National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network.

“This new network will help develop much-needed connections between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers across the country—and at all career stages—to build Australia’s research capacity, expertise and experience,” Senator Evans said.

QUT is partnering with other Australian universities, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and partner organisations to deliver this important initiative.

Funding is being provided through the ARC Special Research Initiative for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Network.

For information on all 1014 new projects, the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network and ARC funding schemes, visit the ARC grants announcement web pages.

Senator Evans’ Media Contact: Amy McKenna 0408 570 603