Melbourne & Bonn join forces in $10m research training group

December 15 / 172

The University of Melbourne and the University of Bonn in Germany have established an International Doctoral Training Group supported by up to AU$5 million from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Dubbed 'Bo&MeRanG' - the Bonn & Melbourne Research and Graduate Training Group - the funding will go towards providing for a joint PhD program for up to 30 students across both institutions.

The researchers will focus on deciphering how certain types of immune cells, the so-called myeloid cells, contribute to the body's defence against infections.

The Group was one of four announced earlier this week in Germany, and marks only the second time a doctoral training program at an Australian university is funded under the DFG's international research training groups scheme.

The DFG is Germany's peak research funding body, akin to Australia's own ARC.

The University will match the funding provided by DFG, pushing the total funding towards $10 million.

Speaking after the announcement, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor James McCluskey said the program is a significant step towards broader international research engagement.

"The University is absolutely delighted that the DFG has awarded this International Doctoral Training Group, with our strategic plan for research calling for increased research and training engagement with German institutions."

"Bonn is an outstanding institution and a natural partner for the University of Melbourne," Professor McCluskey said.


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