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$381 MILLION BOOST FOR NEW RESEARCH PROJECTS

17 November, 2004 MIN 1006/04

I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government will allocate $381 million over five years to 1,387 new research projects from 2005.

The projects will be funded through Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development, Linkage Projects, Linkage International and Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities grants.

ARC Linkage Projects grants encourage the formation of long-term strategic alliances between university researchers and their collaborating partner organisations, including from within industry. In this round, the ARC will provide $55.5 million to new collaborative research projects.

Industry and other partner organisations will contribute $80.4 million to these projects, investing $1.45 for every dollar of Australian Government funding.

New projects to be funded under the Linkage Projects scheme include:

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investigating ozone-enhanced particle removal from waste water; and ●

investigating the effectiveness and appropriateness of child restraints.

ARC Discovery Projects grants support fundamental or basic research, often referred to as ‘blue sky’ research. The number of these grants awarded has increased from 875 in 2004 to 1,051 in 2005. Of these, almost 600 will include about 1,300 international collaborations with 68 other countries, the greatest number of collaborations being with researchers in the USA.

New projects to be funded under the Discovery Projects scheme include:

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high-resolution mapping of surface and root-zone soil moisture to achieve more efficient water use practices in agriculture; ●

developing systems for the landing of unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles, by studying how bees orchestrate smooth landings, with potential application in defence and space exploration; and ●

a project to develop a fatigue detection system for train drivers, to improve train safety.

ARC-funded researchers are not only highly innovative and creative, their work is of a world-class standard. I congratulate those who have competed successfully for grant funding and thank them for their outstanding work on behalf of all Australians.

The new grants confirmed today are being awarded under the National Competitive Grants Programme, an initiative of Backing Australia’s Ability (BAA). Under BAA, the Howard Government is investing $8.3 billion over 10 years to support excellence in Australian science and innovation.

Details of all successful research proposals are available as follows:

● Successful 2005 Discovery Projects Grants by State/Institution;

● Summary of Applications Discovery - Indigenous Researchers Development to Commence in 2005;

● Successful 2005 Linkage Projects Round 1 Grants by State/University;

● Summary of Successful Applications By State - Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities to commence in 2005;

● Summary of Applications Linkage - International to Commence in 2005;

● Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects;

and at http://www.arc.gov.au/

For further information: Dr Nelson’s Office: Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663 Australian Research Council: Simon Sedgley 0412 623 054