The Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, has announced an additional $3.7 million to support ten new research projects funded under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme.
ARC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Leanne Harvey, said the Linkage Projects involve significant collaboration between university researchers and industry, with significant cash and in-kind support leveraged from partner organisations.
“These ten new Linkage Projects will undertake innovative research and development projects with partner organisations, who will contribute additional cash and in-kind contributions of over $7.4 million,” Ms Harvey said.
From 1 July 2016, the ARC commenced accepting proposals under the Linkage Projects scheme on a continuous basis—a significant move away from the previous ‘one round per year’ approach, with successful grants announced on a continuing basis throughout the year.
“These projects were considered under the continuous application and assessment processes of the Linkage Projects scheme, allowing researchers and industry to collaborate as opportunities arise and get their projects off the ground more quickly,” Ms Harvey said.
The new projects awarded funding include:
- $330,000 for a project led by Dr Katharine Fullagar from Macquarie University, who will work with the National Portrait Gallery to develop new methodologies for examining the histories of Indigenous and settler experiences in Australasia and North America, to discover new connections or distinctions between the two regions
- 450,000 to Professor Vladimir Strezov from Macquarie University for a project involving Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd. to develop an innovative iron ore sintering control mechanism to assist the Australian iron ore industry to address the environmental requirements of their international trade partners and sustain iron ore exports
- $513,210 to Professor Huijun Zhao from Griffith University for a project working with Confirmation Australia Pty Ltd. to develop low cost and scalable commercial smart windows for efficient energy use in offices, schools, and residential homes
- $190,000 to Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik from Queensland University of Technology for a project working with Polymer Standard Service GMBH to pioneer novel, high-performing chromatographic materials that will allow faster and more detailed molecular imaging
- $360,000 to Professor Kamal Alameh from Edith Cowan University for a project working with Lazcath Pty Ltd. to develop a new hybrid fibre-optic/radio frequency catheter system and user-friendly driving software to assist cardiac electrophysiologists to perform non-invasive, microscopic lesion formation assessments
- $592,514 to Professor Ricardo Mancera from Curtin University of Technology for a project working with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, The Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Domain Trust to optimise the efficiency of cryopreservation of a wide range of endangered Australian rainforest species, to preserve the unique Australian rainforest flora
- $220,000 to Dr Luke Kelly from the University of Queensland for a project working with Asics Oceania Pty Ltd and the Australian Sports Commission to examine how the nervous system adjusts the mechanical function of our feet across a spectrum of speeds, from slow running through to maximal effort sprinting, to determine if running shoes help or hinder the natural spring-like function of the foot
- $310,000 to Associate Professor Alicia Rambaldi from the University of Queensland for a project working with the Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria to develop a comprehensive, robust, and user-friendly set of modelling tools to predict land values more accurately
- $334,710 to Professor Warwick Bowen from the University of Queensland for a project working with Lockheed Martin Corporation to build the first scalable computer architecture based on nanoscale motion on a silicon chip that could extend computing performance in environments where intense radiation causes digital electronics to fail, including in space and earth-orbit applications, health, and communications
- $420,000 to Professor Benjamin Hayes from the University of Queensland for a project working with Alf Collins and the Collins Trust to develop new genomic technologies that will accelerate improvements in cow fertility, to provide significant industry benefits.