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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

$5 MILLION BOOST FOR RESEARCH WITH INDIA

Top scientists will benefit from a multi-million dollar program with India that could lead to better vaccines, more temperature tolerant crops, healthier foods and greater protection for our marine systems.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said 18 collaborative projects involving Australian and Indian scientists have been awarded $5 million under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, with matching funding provided by the Government of India.

"This is Australia's largest bilateral research fund, providing $65 million over eight years from 2006-07,” Senator Carr said.

"India is a strong research nation in its own right and a rising scientific power. Both countries have much to gain from collaboration in science and technology.

"This funding will enable leading Australian and Indian scientists to combine their unique strengths and tackle the big issues facing both communities, such as growing healthy crops and protecting precious groundwater environments.”

Grants have been awarded to 12 Australian universities and research institutes, including James Cook University, the CSIRO, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, the Australian National University, Melbourne University, the University of

Western Australia and the University of Queensland.

Projects to be supported under Round five of the fund include:

 the development of a novel class of anti-cancer agents targeting the immune system;  the design of malaria vaccines;  developing methods for the production of omega-3 concentrates for

functional foods, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals;  improving high-temperature tolerance in crop plants; and  advancing our ability to predict plant distributions under changed climates.

Other projects supported by the fund are in nanotechnology, marine and earth sciences, biomedical devices and implants, and stem cells. For further information on the fund, please visit www.innovation.gov.au.

Successful projects are below.

Media contacts: Aban Contractor, Minister's Office, 0457 989 842 Damir Ivkovic, Department, 0410 028 495

AISRF  Indo ‐ Australian   B

iotechnology   Fund   Round   5   -   Successful   projects   

No  

Project   Description  

Australian   Organisation 

Indian   Organisation  

Priority   Area  

Aust   Govt   Funding    (AUD)  

Main   Activity  

1  

Development   of   selenazole   drugs   as   a  novel   class   of   anti ‐ cancer   agents   targeting   the   immune   system.  University   of   New  

South   Wales  

Indian   Institute   of   Science  

Vaccines   /   medical   diagnostics  $300,000  

Collaborative   Research   Project   2   Therapeutic   approaches   to   augmentation   of   adult   cardiac   stem   cells.   Victor   Chang   Cardiac   Research   Institute 

Institute  for   Stem   Cell   Biology   and   Regenerative   Medicine  Stem   Cells   $400,000  

Collaborative   Research   Project   with   End   User    3  

Development   of   a  novel   bioreactor  and   cell   sorter   for   more   efficient   production   of   stem   cell  culture.   Monash   University  

Indian   Institute   of   Technology   Bombay  

Biomedical   Devices   and   Implants   $299,539  

Collaborative   Research   Project   4  

Production   of   omega‐ 3   concentrates   for   functional   foods,   pharmaceuticals   and   nutraceuticals.   Deakin   University  

Centre  for   Cellular  and   Molecular  Biology  

Nutraceuticals  and   Functional   Foods   $298,755  

Collaborative   Research   Project   5   Structure ‐ based   design   of   malaria   vaccines   to   elicit   stronger   immune   responses.   Monash   University   Indian   Institute   of   Science  

Vaccines   /   medical   diagnostics  $299,340  

Collaborative   Research   Project   6  

Identifying   and   testing   molecules  which   can   be   used   as   tools  to   simultaneously   manipulate   multiple   genes   to   improve   temperature   tolerance   in   crop   plants  

The  University   of   Queensland  

International   Centre   for   Genetic   Engineering   and   Biotechnology  

Transgenic   Crops  and   Marker ‐ assisted   Breeding   $299,700   Collaborative  

Research   Project   7  

Planning   a  programme   of   collaborative   laboratory   and   clinical  research   on   the   role   of   lactoferrin   derived   from   cow's   milk   to   prevent  prematurity,   neonatal   infections   and   mortality   in   humans.  

The  University   of   Sydney 

Postgraduate   Institute  of   Medical   Education   &   Research   Chandigarh  

Nutraceuticals  and   Functional   Foods   $11,200  

Workshop   in   India   8  

Using   a  natural   anti ‐ viral  system   (RNA  interference)   to   combat   disease   to   make   aquaculture   more   economically   and   environmentally   sustainable.    James   Cook   University  

Karnataka   Veterinary   Animal   and   Fisheries   Sciences   University  

Vaccines   /   medical   diagnostics  $294,099  

Collaborative   Research   Project  

3

AISRF  Indo ‐ Australian   Science   and   Technology   Fund   Round   5   -   Successful   projects   

No  

Project   Description  

Australian   Organisation 

Indian   Organisation  

Priority   Area  

Aust   Govt   Funding    (AUD) 

Main   Activity  

1  

Preparing   for   climate   change   on   marine   systems   in   Australia   and   India   University   of   Tasmania   Central   Marine   Fisheries   Research   Institute  Marine   Sciences   $78,930  

Workshop   in   Australia   2   The  changing   risks   posed   by   petroleum   hydrocarbons   in   groundwater   environments   CSIRO  

Indian   Institute   of   Technology   Madras  

Environment   Sciences   (including   climate  change   research)   $400,000  

Collaborative   Research   Project  with   End   User    3  

Examining   the   efficiency   of   materials   with   nonlinear  optical   properties   for   potential   in   optical   processing,   switching,   frequency   generation,   data   storage,   optical   communication   and   optical   computing  

The  Australian   National   University   Raman   Research   Institute  Nanotechnology   $299,038  

Collaborative   Research   Project  4  

Improving   our   understanding   of   the   evolution   of   the   Indian   Ocean   to   develop   better   global   plate   models  which   can   inform   oil   and   gas   exploration.  The  University   of   Sydney  

National   Institute   of   Oceanography   Marine   Sciences   $295,766  

Collaborative   Research   Project  5  

Development   of   innovative   protocols  for   a   new   methodology   for   assessing   seismic   cycles   associated   with   high   risk   great   earthquakes.   The  University   of   Melbourne  Indian   Institute   of   Science   Earth   Sciences   $225,536  

Collaborative   Research   Project  6  

Investigating   physical   and   chemical   changes   associated   with   catalytic  reactions  directly   relevant   to   energy   conversion   in   fuel   cells.   Monash   University   Central   Electrochemical  

Research   Institute  Nanotechnology   $299,439  

Collaborative   Research   Project  7  

Preparation   of   new   kinds  of   molecular   magnetic   materials   ("molecular   nano‐ magnets")   that  could   yield   new   nanotechnological   applications.   Monash   University  

Indian   Institute   of   Technology   Bombay   Nanotechnology   $300,000  

Collaborative   Research   Project  8  

Securing   chickpea   productivity   under   conditions   of   stress   due   to   heat,   drought   and   salinity.   The  University   of   Western  

Australia  

International   Crops   Research   Institute  for   the   Semi ‐ Arid   Tropics  Agricultural   Research   $299,837  

Collaborative   Research   Project  9  

Optimizing   highwall  mining   design   to   extend   the   life   of   opencast   mines   by   making   them   safer   and   more   economic.  CSIRO  

Central   Institute   of   Mining   and   Fuel   Research   Earth   Sciences   $286,292  

Collaborative   Research   Project  with   End   User    10 

Improving   our   ability   to   predict  plant   distributions   under   changed   climates.   CSIRO   Indian   Institute   of   Science  

Environment   Sciences   (including   climate  change   research)   $288,342  

Collaborative   Research   Project 

AISRF   Indo ‐ Australian   Biotechnology   Fund   Round   5   -   Successful   projects   

No  

Project   Description  

Australian   Organisation  

Indian   Organisation  

Priority   Area  

Aust   Govt   Funding    (AUD)  

Main   Activity  

1  

Development   of   selenazole   drugs   as   a   novel   class   of   anti ‐ cancer   agents   targeting   the   immune   system.   University   of   New  

South   Wales  

Indian   Institute   of   Science  

Vaccines   /   medical   diagnostics   $300,000  

Collaborative   Research   Project   2   Therapeutic   approaches   to   augmentation   of   adult   cardiac   stem   cells.   Victor   Chang   Cardiac   Research   Institute  

Institute   for   Stem   Cell   Biology   and   Regenerative   Medicine   Stem   Cells   $400,000  

Collaborative   Research   Project   with   End   User    3  

Development   of   a   novel   bioreactor   and   cell   sorter   for   more   efficient   production   of   stem   cell   culture.   Monash   University  

Indian   Institute   of   Technology   Bombay  

Biomedical   Devices   and   Implants   $299,539  

Collaborative   Research   Project   4  

Production   of   omega ‐ 3   concentrates   for   functional   foods,   pharmaceuticals   and   nutraceuticals.   Deakin   University  

Centre   for   Cellular   and   Molecular   Biology  

Nutraceuticals   and   Functional   Foods   $298,755  

Collaborative   Research   Project   5   Structure ‐ based   design   of   malaria   vaccines   to   elicit   stronger   immune   responses.   Monash   University   Indian   Institute   of   Science  

Vaccines   /   medical   diagnostics   $299,340  

Collaborative   Research   Project   6  

Identifying   and   testing   molecules   which   can   be   used   as   tools   to   simultaneously   manipulate   multiple   genes   to   improve   temperature   tolerance   in   crop   plants  

The   University   of   Queensland  

International   Centre   for   Genetic   Engineering   and   Biotechnology  

Transgenic   Crops   and   Marker ‐ assisted   Breeding   $299,700   Collaborative  

Research   Project   7  

Planning   a   programme   of   collaborative   laboratory   and   clinical   research   on   the   role   of   lactoferrin   derived   from   cow's   milk   to   prevent   prematurity,   neonatal   infections   and   mortality   in   humans.  

The   University   of   Sydney  

Postgraduate   Institute   of   Medical   Education   &   Research   Chandigarh  

Nutraceuticals   and   Functional   Foods   $11,200  

Workshop   in   India   8  

Using   a   natural   anti ‐ viral   system   (RNA   interference)   to   combat   disease   to   make   aquaculture   more   economically   and   environmentally   sustainable.    James   Cook   University  

Karnataka   Veterinary   Animal   and   Fisheries   Sciences   University  

Vaccines   /   medical   diagnostics   $294,099  

Collaborative   Research   Project  

AISRF   Indo ‐ Australian   Science   and   Technology   Fund   Round   5   -   Successful   projects   

No  

Project   Description  

Australian   Organisation  

Indian   Organisation  

Priority   Area  

Aust   Govt   Funding    (AUD)  

Main   Activity  

1  

Preparing   for   climate   change   on   marine   systems   in   Australia   and   India   University   of   Tasmania   Central   Marine   Fisheries   Research   Institute   Marine   Sciences   $78,930  

Workshop   in   Australia   2   The   changing   risks   posed   by   petroleum   hydrocarbons   in   groundwater   environments   CSIRO  

Indian   Institute   of   Technology   Madras  

Environment   Sciences   (including   climate   change   research)   $400,000  

Collaborative   Research   Project   with   End   User    3  

Examining   the   efficiency   of   materials   with   nonlinear   optical   properties   for   potential   in   optical   processing,   switching,   frequency   generation,   data   storage,   optical   communication   and   optical   computing  

The   Australian   National   University   Raman   Research   Institute   Nanotechnology   $299,038  

Collaborative   Research   Project   4  

Improving   our   understanding   of   the   evolution   of   the   Indian   Ocean   to   develop   better   global   plate   models   which   can   inform   oil   and   gas   exploration.   The   University   of   Sydney  

National   Institute   of   Oceanography   Marine   Sciences   $295,766  

Collaborative   Research   Project   5  

Development   of   innovative   protocols   for   a   new   methodology   for   assessing   seismic   cycles   associated   with   high   risk   great   earthquakes.    The   University   of   Melbourne   Indian   Institute   of   Science   Earth   Sciences   $225,536  

Collaborative   Research   Project   6  

Investigating   physical   and   chemical   changes   associated   with   catalytic   reactions   directly   relevant   to   energy   conversion   in   fuel   cells.   Monash   University   Central   Electrochemical  

Research   Institute   Nanotechnology   $299,439  

Collaborative   Research   Project   7  

Preparation   of   new   kinds   of   molecular   magnetic   materials   ("molecular   nano ‐ magnets")   that   could   yield   new   nanotechnological   applications.   Monash   University  

Indian   Institute   of   Technology   Bombay   Nanotechnology   $300,000  

Collaborative   Research   Project   8  

Securing   chickpea   productivity   under   conditions   of   stress   due   to   heat,   drought   and   salinity.   The   University   of   Western  

Australia  

International   Crops   Research   Institute   for   the   Semi ‐ Arid   Tropics   Agricultural   Research   $299,837  

Collaborative   Research   Project   9  

Optimizing   highwall   mining   design   to   extend   the   life   of   opencast   mines   by   making   them   safer   and   more   economic.   CSIRO  

Central   Institute   of   Mining   and   Fuel   Research   Earth   Sciences   $286,292  

Collaborative   Research   Project   with   End   User    10  

Improving   our   ability   to   predict   plant   distributions   under   changed   climates.   CSIRO   Indian   Institute   of   Science  

Environment   Sciences   (including   climate   change   research)   $288,342  

Collaborative   Research   Project