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Monitoring changing eco-systems and fighting cyberbullies



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Monday, 30 May 2011

MONITORING CHANGING ECO-SYSTEMS AND FIGHTING CYBERBULLIES

Queensland universities are partnering with governments and industry to help stop cyberbullying, better understand the Great Barrier Reef and increase pre-flood warning times.

These research projects are among 43 Queensland projects receiving a total of $16.9 million from the Australian 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 Queensland 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 $2.65 million grant, the University of Queensland will lead a research project to upgrade the satellite monitoring toolkit used by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Queensland University of Technology will use a $143,226 grant to develop and test a legal-based program to increase student, parent and teacher knowledge of the law to prevent cyberbullying.

Griffith University will use a $92,000 grant to identify ways to rapidly estimate flood water levels and increase pre-flood warning times.

For more information on these projects and to see a list of all projects, visit the media kit at http://www.arc.gov.au/media/major_announce.htm.

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 www.arc.gov.au and www.innovation.gov.au.

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