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$25 million research infrastructure grants to promote collaboration.

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I am delighted to announce $25.213 million in funding for equipment and facilities for 67 research projects in 2003. The funds are allocated through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage - Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) program.

LIEF grants are designed to support collaborative arrangements to acquire expensive research infrastructure, particularly where there is evidence of research strength and recognised research potential.

Twenty-seven universities will collaborate with 53 research organisations across the 67 projects. I am particularly pleased to note that rural and regional universities are participating in 48 of the 67 projects.

Projects include:

a native plant mesocosm facility that will allow researchers to gain insight into how native plants persist in and adapt to changing environmental conditions. ●

Australia’s first dedicated public research laboratory for assessing consumer motivation, evaluating program usability and theorising audience response to interactive television applications. ●

One of the largest grants, valued at $1.584 million, is for an 800 MHz high-resolution magnetic resonance spectrometer that will allow scientists to examine previously unknown details of the basic building blocks of life such as protein molecules.

As well as enabling institutions to purchase new equipment and facilities, LIEF funding will support AusLit: the Australian Literature Gateway website which I launched in August at the National Library.

Australian membership of selected international research consortia, such as the International Gemini Partnership (Astronomy) and the Ocean Drilling Program, will also be continued through this round of LIEF funding. Australia’s participation in the Ocean Drilling Program has supported a highly successful and valuable research program in the vital field of Marine Geoscience for more than 10 years. Participation in Gemini is providing opportunities for Australia to showcase its capabilities in advanced scientific instrumentation as well as supporting our world-renowned astronomers.

A full list of LIEF grants is available on the ARC’s website,

For further information:  


Dr Nelson’s Office Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

ARC Communications Unit Ray Johnson 02- 6284 6635


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