Australia’s reputation for delivering world-class research is set to continue into the future, thanks to $416 million in Government grants announced 1 November 2016.
The funds will be distributed through the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a diverse range of projects designed to advance Australian research and innovation globally.
The grants will be spread across a number of disciplines, with projects including developing new high-performance lithium-ion batteries, creating and improving salt tolerance in crops and projects to improve the lives of older Australians.
Other research being conducted by the cream of Australia’s researchers is set to deliver significant cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits to all Australians.
Universities Australia Chief Executive Belinda Robinson, commented on the funding announcement saying the research would go towards university research that has real-world benefits for all Australians, including “projects that could save lives to those that tackle poverty, generate clean energy, reveal our human history or progress quantum computing”.
The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham also announced the latest round of successful ARC Future Fellowship recipients. The 100 new Future Fellows represent some of the county’s most outstanding mid-career researchers, who will receive well-deserved funding support for the next four years to continue their research in Australia.
The Future Fellowships scheme encourages research in areas of national priority, with preference given to those researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry, with other research institutions and with other disciplines.