Federal funding for research infrastructure

A new facility to help develop innovative clean energy materials is one of 78 research infrastructure projects included in new Federal Government funding.

The Government is providing more than $30 million for the projects under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme.

Speaking at Deakin University’s Geelong Campus in December 2010, Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, said new and improved facilities will allow researchers to broaden their understanding of topics such as climate change, bacterial infections and space.

“Groundbreaking research starts with creative and bright ideas. High-quality tools and facilities help our researchers turn these thoughts into reality,” Senator Carr said.

“The 78 projects I am announcing today will also strengthen research partnerships at home and abroad. As part of these projects, our researchers will partner up with other higher education, industry and government organisations in Australia and as far afield as Chile, Denmark and Korea.

“And when these facilities are established, they will be utilised by researchers from around the world, fostering global research partnerships.”

Funding for the successful LIEF projects commence January 2011.

The LIEF scheme is part of the ARC National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP). Applications for NCGP funding are subject to a rigorous, independent peer review.