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Media Centre Media Release

Linking Australian science to the world

28 April 2006

Australian research projects of significant national value are set to benefit from the greater international collaboration made possible by funding announced today.

Nine projects which target the National Research Priorities will share in $2.9 million in funding in this round of the International Science Linkages (ISL) Competitive Grants, part of the Backing Australia’s Ability initiative.

In making the announcement, Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, affirmed the Australian Government’s continued commitment to the country’s participation in leading-edge international scientific collaboration.

“This funding will assist Australian researchers to access the latest international scientific knowledge and further demonstrate Australia’s world-class research effort,” Minister Bishop said.

Some of the successful applicants from this round of funding include:

• researchers from The University of Tasmania and a leading European Union Framework Programme working to develop cost-effective control and prevention strategies for emerging and future food-borne bacteria;

• a collaboration between researchers from The University of Melbourne, Germany and the USA to enhance secure data transfer for both governments and the private sector; and

• researchers from The University of Sydney collaborating with the USA, New Zealand and Scotland on a project, specifically relating to the sheep industry, that will strengthen Australia's growing position in genome science.

Australia already enjoys strong collaborative research associations with a number of countries and the Australian Government, through the ISL Competitive Grants scheme, will continue to support the fostering of these mutually beneficial relationships.

Details of the successful projects and further information about International Science Linkages and Backing Australia’s Ability are available at:

Media Contacts: Julie Bishop’s Office: Murray Hansen (02) 6277 7460 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Julianne Stewart (02) 6240 7175