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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister

Senator the Hon. Kim Carr

Minister for Innovation

06 June, 2008

Joint Media Release

Funding to advance University Infrastructure

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard and Minister for Innovation, Senator Kim Carr today announced the

opening the 2009 round of the Rudd Government's major higher education infrastructure investment fund.

The Education Investment Fund (EIF), announced in the recent Budget, is an $11 billion fund that will fuel

strategic investment in Australia's universities, vocational education institutions and major research


The EIF expands and broadens the Higher Education Endowment Fund (HEEF).

The 2009 funding round will focus on higher education institutions with $304 million available for new

research facilities or capital expenditure in Australia's universities. Universities have been gearing up for this

funding round expected under the HEEF and now the Rudd Government is following through on this as it

transitions from the old fund to the expanded EIF.

Guidelines for this funding round have been developed by an Advisory Board led by Mr Philip Clark AM. Mr

Clark has been consulting widely in the higher education sector over the past months to shape this round of

funding and he will be advising the Government on the full development of the EIF.

The first EIF funding round, embracing the full scope of university, vocational education and major research

activity will be conducted in 2009.

Minister Gillard and Minister Carr encouraged Australian universities to develop innovative projects for

consideration in the round.

Higher education institutions are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for project funding, outlining

strategic plans for infrastructure improvement to enhance their teaching, learning, research and/or research

training capacity.

Expressions of Interest for funding close at 5 pm (AEST) on 14 August 2008. These submissions will be

considered, and those short listed will be invited to submit full applications. Successful projects will then be

announced in July 2009.

Media Contact: Minister Carr's Press Secretary: Catriona Jackson 0417 142238

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