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SCU benefits from new research funding initiative



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Assistant Minister for Employment Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

11 November 2013

SCU benefits from new research funding initiative

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has congratulated Southern Cross University (SCU) on being awarded over $1.2 million in funding for research projects.

The funding was announced Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne as part of the Australian Research Council’s funding outcomes for Future Fellowships (2013) and Major Grants (2014).

Mr Hartsuyker said more than $700,000 had been awarded to Southern Cross University under the Discovery Projects scheme and Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme.

“As part of the Discovery Projects scheme, Southern Cross University will receive ARC funding of $331,059 for two research projects,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The Discovery Projects scheme provides funding for research projects that can be undertaken by an individual researcher or research teams.

“SCU will also benefit from a further $395,220 under the DECRA scheme. This funding aims to provide support for young career researchers, promoting opportunities to pursue diverse career pathways.”

Mr Hartsuyker said he was pleased to see these funding outcomes being made available on the North Coast.

“This will allow SCU researchers to undertake important new work which has the potential to benefit the whole of Australia,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to enabling our researchers to investigate, explore and discover. The focus is on delivering outcomes that benefit the nation.

"This announcement is great news for our region. It will enable some of Australia’s best researchers to make exciting and critical discoveries that will have benefits for all Australians.”

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