Melbourne top in latest ARC Linkage grant results

July 15 / 162

 

The University of Melbourne has received the largest slice of funding in the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme for 2015.

 

The University received more than $11 million for 30 successful projects, in areas ranging from the cochlear implant and dark-matter detection, to athletic footwear and the impact of TV on migration, cultural diversity and citizenship.

 

With a successful funding rate of over 48 per cent, the University also exceeds the national average of 35 per cent.  In total, 252 research projects nationally were awarded $86.9 million in funding. A full list of funded projects is available here.

 

The Linkage Projects scheme aims to encourage cooperative approaches to research – funding academics to work with partners in business, industry or community organisations – in a bid to strengthen Australia’s overall innovation system.

 

Among the projects to receive significant funding were:

 

-       Dr Julia Sarant’s work with Cochlear Limited and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital on the impact of cochlear implants on cognitive function 

 

-       Professor Elizabetta Barberio’s work on direct-detection of dark matter with Stawell Gold Mines, ANSTO, Northern Grampians Shire Council and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics; and,

 

-       Professor Anne Kavanagh’s work with partners to provide evidence on how to improve employment outcomes for people with a disability.

 

Professor James McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), said it was a welcome result that emphasised the University’s commitment to industry collaboration.

 

“The University is committed to increasing its research impact and to do this, quality industry partnerships are imperative. Today’s results are proof that we are heading in a very positive direction.”

 

“These results build off our excellent success in previous rounds of the Linkage grants, with the University now able to count 126 projects funded this way since 2012.”

 

Story by David Scott

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