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MINCHIN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MAJOR NATIONAL RESEARCH FACILITY IN WEST AUSTRALIA

The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin today announced the successful West Australian proposal in the allocation of $155 million under the Commonwealth Government’s Major National Research Facilities (MNRF) Program. 21 August 2001

21 August, 2001                   01/384

MINCHIN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MAJOR NATIONAL RESEARCH FACILITY IN WEST AUSTRALIA

The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin today announced the successful West Australian proposal in the allocation of $155 million under the Commonwealth Government’s Major National Research Facilities (MNRF) Program.

Fifteen proposals from across Australia will receive MNRF funding.

The National Networked Tele-Test Facility for Integrated Systems, a computer chip testing facility, will be established at Edith Cowan University.

In addition, nodes of the Nanostructural Analysis Network Organisation and the Australian Computational Earth Systems Simulator are to be located in Western Australia.

“The Major National Research Facilities Program was announced as part of the Commonwealth Government’s $3 billion Backing Australia’s Ability statement, a five-year commitment to strengthen innovation,” Senator Minchin said.

“The 15 proposals announced today will provide Australia with the scientific infrastructure required to build leading-edge research capabilities.

“These facilities will provide increased opportunities for excellence in scientific research and attract talented overseas researchers and organisations to our shores while retaining our own high achievers.

“I am very impressed with the high quality of the proposals and am pleased that enhanced research opportunities have been provided in wide range of industry sectors - biotechnology, information technology, medicine, agriculture, astronomy, mining, manufacturing and marine research,” Senator Minchin said.

The MNRF committee originally received 86 proposals with 37 short-listed for further consideration. Senator Minchin also said the geographic spread of the successful proponents ensured that the MNRF was truly a national program.

“We are fortunate in having facilities located across all the State and Territories.A number of facilities will also be located in rural and regional Australia. This not only means opportunities for jobs and economic growth in those areas but also gives access to our researchers working outside the metropolitan areas.”

Senator Minchin congratulated the MNRF committee members and Chairman Peter Jonson for their commitment to this project and to fostering scientific research in Australia.

A short description of the West Australian proponent is attached. Further information on the Program and other Commonwealth assistance measures can be found at the AusIndustry website at www.ausindustry.gov.au or calling the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46.

Contact:  Jennifer Eddy, Senator Minchin’s Office, 02 6277 7580

Col Hickey, AusIndustry, 02 6213 6432

CMR 445-01

National Networked Tele-Test Facility for Integrated Systems - Grant: $4.75 million

The facility will be based on a state-of-the-art semiconductor tester located at Edith Cowan University in Perth that will operate as a virtual centre spanning Australia.  Testing nodes will be located at the University of Western Australia, Griffith University, Macquarie University, Victoria University and the University of Adelaide. The facility will provide vital equipment to take Australia to the frontier of critically important and expanding fields in microelectronics research.

The facility will provide a capability for the electronics and microelectronics researcher and industry community around Australia to test and prototype very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits and other systems on a chip (SOC) device, prior to moving to the manufacturing stage.  Such testing is absolutely essential to ensure that the device performs to specification.

Principal Proponent:  Edith Cowan University

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