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$1.5 billion for top-shelf research in 2011

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23 Feb 2011

Ground breaking research in Australia’s universities will be boosted by grants worth $1.5 billion as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s continued commitment to science and the humanities.

Announcing the Research Block Grants allocation for 2011, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said investing in our universities is vital if we want to tackle big issues such as climate change and building a strong national economy.

“The Government recognises the importance of investing in quality research,” Senator Carr said.

“Australian Government investment has improved our lives through discoveries such as the black box flight recorder, wireless LAN technology and the Cochlear implant. On an everyday level, our investment in research and development is creating and sustaining high-wage, high-skilled jobs.

“This year’s research block grants will help our universities tackle research workforce issues and meet the indirect costs of competitive research, helping to continue Australia’s world-class research reputation.

“That status was confirmed recently with the evaluation of Australian research through the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative. But the exercise also showed areas where Australia does not perform at a world-class level.

“We need to keep our performance strong and we need to address our weak areas. That is why in the future, some block funding, such as that awarded under the Sustainable Research Excellence program and Research Training Scheme will be

informed by ERA results.”

Funding for each university is currently informed by research student load and completions, research income, research publications and previous program payments.

For more information on research block grants and the Government’s support for science and research, visit