Australian Government Backs New Research Hubs with Fellowships

Australia’s Turnbull Government will back 120 new research projects across Australia with $170.6 million to tackle problems from fire safety to the country’s ageing population, literacy and numeracy levels among school children to coral reef conservation.

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said the benefits of many of the research projects would ultimately be felt by all Australians.

“This latest round of funding for these 120 projects backs in our support for Australia’s world-leading research sector,” Minister Birmingham said.

Minister Birmingham said the latest round of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) National Competitive Grants Program includes:

  • 9 Training Centres, worth $37.0 million over five years, under the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.
  • 3 Research Hubs, worth $9.6 million over five years, under the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme
  • 17 Fellowships, worth $47.0 million over five years, under the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme
  • 91 Fellowships, worth $77.0 million over four years, under the Future Fellowships scheme.

“This latest round of $170.6 million for research continues the Turnbull Government’s significant investment in a wide variety of fundamental and applied research projects.”

This funding announcement is in addition to the $22.2 million over four years for the latest round of the Linkage Projects scheme announced earlier this week.

“Many of these projects will also grow much needed industry-research collaboration and support the training and skilling-up of our next generation of researchers.”

The Turnbull Government is making a significant investment in science, research and innovation—committing $10 billion across all portfolios in 2016‒17 alone, to drive smart ideas that create business growth, local jobs and global success.

Photo credit: http://www.colourbox.com. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from Australian Research Council.

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