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Countering cane toads and making needle-free vaccines

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Monday, 30 May 2011


New South Wales universities are partnering with governments and industry to help investigate of the likely impacts from the cane toad’s southern march, develop needle-free vaccinations and reduce the toxic fumes that occur after blasting in mines.

These research projects are among 64 New South Wales projects receiving a total of $19.7 million from the Government's Linkage Projects scheme.

Announcing funding of $67 million for 219 new Australian research projects Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects scheme encourages research and development projects that will enhance the lives of Australians.

“This vital funding will help New South Wales researchers work with industry and other partners outside the higher education sector, like manufacturers here and overseas, to find tangible, workable solutions to real issues,” Senator Carr said.

“The Linkages Projects scheme supports research that helps Australian manufacturers become more innovative and create high-wage, high-quality jobs by tackling important issues and improving the quality of life for all Australians.”

Using a $530,000 grant, the University of Sydney will continue their research into the effects of cane toads on southern biodiversity and ways to lessen their impact.

The University of New South Wales will use a $330,000 grant to develop new technology allowing vaccines to be formulated for oral delivery, with potential for considerable societal and economic impacts in developing countries.

The University of Newcastle will use a $500,000 grant to develop new explosives that reduce the toxic fumes that occur after blasting in mines.

For more information on these projects and to see a list of all projects, visit the media kit at

Nationally, 436 national and international partner organisations will top-up the Australian Government’s $67 million investment with an additional $139 million in cash and in-kind support.

For more information on the ARC and the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio, visit and

Media contacts: Sheena Ireland, Minister's office, 0427 092 100 Tamsin Allen, ARC, 0412 623 056