Australian researchers will soon commence projects aimed at improving quality of life for all Australians, thanks to funding from the Australian Research Councilâs Linkage Projects scheme.
The Linkage Projects scheme enables Australian institutions to undertake innovative and cutting-edge research projects in collaboration with industry and other partners, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said today.
âToday I am awarding 32 institutions with over $66.7 million for 218 projects that will provide solutions for a wealth of Australian issues and offer new opportunities,â Senator Carr said.
âThe University of New South Wales will receive $270,000 over three years to examine rock bolt failure in underground coal mines, with results aimed at protecting our miners from injury and death.
âThe Queensland University of Technology will receive $216,000 over three years to develop a new generation high crash energy absorbing barrier that aims to save lives by reducing the severity of accidents involving road barriers.
âMonash University will receive $280,000 to conduct research that will contribute to the well-being of our ageing population by ensuring their independence, and improving scope for social interaction.
âThe 218 projects have forged partnerships with 458 national and international government, private and non-profit organisations.
âThese partners are contributing a total of $128.2 million in cash and in-kind support, on top of the Australian Governmentâs $66.7 million.â
The Linkage Projects scheme is part of the Australian Research Councilâs National Competitive Grants Program, which nurtures the creative abilities and skills of Australia's most promising researchers.
A summary of the 218 successful projects is available on the ARC Linkage Projects web pages.