08/11/2013 - 12:31

UWA awarded $31m in research grants

08/11/2013 - 12:31

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The University of Western Australia has again dominated WA's portion of the latest round of federal government research grants, though the state's funding share continues to be underweight relative to its population.

The University of Western Australia has again dominated the state's portion of the latest round of federal government research grants, receiving $31 million of WA’s total allocation.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne today announced $522 million in funding for 1,177 new research projects through the Australian Research Council.

This represents a substantial increase from the $360 million in grants awarded by the ARC last year.

WA universities were awarded a total of $40 million across 87 projects, a figure significantly underweight relative to the state’s population when compared with the $152 million awarded to New South Wales and $135 million to Victoria.

Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory also received more funding than WA, securing $92 million and $58 million respectively.

Of the $40 million allocated to WA universities, Curtin University won $8.4 million in funding while Edith Cowan University secured $383,000.

Murdoch University was not allocated any funding, despite receiving just more than $1 million in last year's grant allocations.

A UWA-led consortium will install data analysis pipelines on its Pawsey Centre supercomputer, while a Curtin-led group will establish a digital mineralogy and materials characterisation hub for reservoir exploration research.

A research team at ECU will meanwhile investigate the impact of internet usage on primary school students.

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