WA awarded $21m for reseach

15/10/2008 - 16:33


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Western Australia has been allocated $21 million for research as part of the federal government's $363 million national funding package.

Western Australia has been allocated $21 million for research as part of the federal government's $363 million national funding package.

The funds are from the Australian Research Council's 'National Competitive Grant Program', which consists of four funding schemes.

The state's research funds will contribute towards 66 Western Australian research projects, with funding to start next year and administered over five years.

The University of Western Australia said its projects received $14.9 million, or more than 70 per cent, of the total funds allocated to WA.

Nationally, New South Wales received the most funds with $127 million, Victoria was awarded $90 million, Queensland secured $61 million and South Australia received $19.4 million.


Below are announcement by ARC and UWA:



Western Australia awarded $20.93 million for research addressing national priorities

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, today announced funding of $20.93 for researchers in Western Australia (WA) to conduct 66 research projects that will produce significant national benefit.

"The Australian Government is committed to supporting quality research to improve the quality of life for all Australians," Senator Carr said.

"66 WA research projects have been awarded funding as part of the latest Australian Research Council (ARC) funding round."

"Funding will begin in 2009 and be administered over five years, producing great benefits for on local, national and international levels."

For this funding round, applications were submitted to four funding schemes under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP). These schemes are the Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development, Discovery Projects, Linkage Projects and Linkage International schemes.

Some of the projects funded include maximising the impact of a science careers program on high school students, innovative uses of plants within Australia's plant based industries, treating wastewater for potable reuse, and identification of toxin proteins in a wheat pathogen.

"I would like to congratulate all of the successful researchers and institutions that have been selected for funding. I look forward to hearing about the outcomes and benefits you produce for Australia."

The NCGP nurtures the creative abilities and skills of Australia's most promising researchers. Applications for NCGP funding are subject to a rigorous, independent peer review process that considers factors such as the researcher's track record and capacity to undertake the work; the significance an innovation of the proposed research; the approach to be taken; training opportunities to be made available; and national benefit.



A project to identify new strategies in the design of anticancer drugs is one of 40 successful University of Western Australia research projects to have won funding from the Federal Government.

In total, UWA projects received $14.9 million, more than 70 per cent of $20.93 million allocated to Western Australia, in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, announced today, which provides $363-million to the country's top researchers.

UWA received $3.1-million for eight projects under the Linkage Projects scheme which funds collaborative efforts between university researchers and Partner Organisations.

As a result, the green light has been given to a collaboration with the Water Corporation which will develop a framework for risk assessment and identifying areas suitable for extracting groundwater.

In addition, Woodside Energy is partnering a project with UWA researchers working towards developing larger, more efficient offshore pipelines.

The university was awarded $11.7-million for 32 projects under the ARC Discovery Projects scheme, which recognises research of national and international significance.

One UWA project funded under the scheme seeks to determine whether poor working memory skills can be attributed to The National Report on Schooling in Australia 2006 finding that between 7 12% of children in Years 3 and 5 failed to meet literacy and numeracy benchmarks.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said The University of Western Australia's research stood to produce significant benefit to the local and international community.

"I would like to congratulate all of our successful researchers that have been selected for funding,'' Professor Robson said.



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