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$10.6 million in research grants for University of Wollongong

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SHARON BIRD MP Federal Member for Cunningham

$10.6 million in research grants for University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong will benefit from $10.6 million in research funding for 28 research projects under the Commonwealth Government’s Discovery and Linkage Projects programs, Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, announced today.

“Research funding grants to these research projects continues to show that the University of Wollongong punches above its weight in helping with Australia’s research and innovation task.

“These research projects will build on knowledge and applications, and in many cases, projects will be commercialised to create new products and services.

“This will help expand business opportunities for Australian and local companies, help increase productivity and create new employment opportunities.

“Research and innovation are a key part of economic and regional development”, Ms Bird said.

Ms Bird said that the Commonwealth Government’s investment at the University of Wollongong over the last 21 months amounts to $176.1 million.

In June 2010, the Commonwealth Government announced a $25.1 million investment to build a new state of the art facility at the Innovation Campus to ensure energy efficient and sustainable buildings.

The Commonwealth Government has also invested $35 million on the SMART Infrastructure Facility and $43.8 million on the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials.

25 October 2010

(List of individual research projects is attached).