The Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, of the 60 successful grants worth $26.4 million under the ARC Linkage Projects scheme.
Professor Thomas said the ARC’s Linkage Projects provided under the National Competitive Grants Program promote research partnerships between researchers, business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies to find real-world solutions that benefit Australians.
“The ARC’s Linkage funding schemes aim to encourage cooperative approaches to research and improve the use of research outcomes by strengthening links within Australia’s innovation industry,” Professor Thomas said.
“These collaborative research projects will examine current issues ranging from how smartphone apps might help separated families, to developing solutions for low-income renters to better access solar energy, improving agricultural efficiency and looking at ways recycled materials might be used to build roads.”
Some examples of the projects include:
- $442,000 to develop biocements with recycled sand and demolition wastes as road construction materials. This project is a collaboration between Swinburne University of Technology, Repurpose-It PTY LTD, Stretford Civil Constructions PTY LTD and Chaiyong Kamai Co. LTD.
- $420,000 to improve agricultural efficiency, productivity and yield by advancing the understanding of polymer materials interacting with fertiliser. This project is a collaboration between the University of South Australia and Sentek PTY LTD.
- $257,156 to develop solutions for low-income renters to access solar energy. This project is a collaboration between The University of Sydney, AGL Energy Limited and South Australian Council of Social Service INC.
- $207,822 to examine how smartphone apps might help families respond to the many challenges of post-separation co-parenting and to develop a web-based decision-making tool to assist separated parents in making important decisions on managing post-separation communication. This project is a collaboration between The Australian National University, Relationships Australia Victoria Limited and Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Incorporated.
A full list of the grants and research project areas is available on the ARC website.