World-class research at The University of Western Australia was significantly boosted today with the Federal Government announcing more than $19.5 million for research projects at the University.
The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr announced the funding, from the Australian Research Council, at a ceremony in Canberra.
UWA received more than $16.1 million in funding for 41 projects under the ARC Discovery Projects Scheme, which support high-quality fundamental research that builds Australia's knowledge, research capacity and international competitiveness.
Under the ARC Linkage Project, which supports strong and productive partnerships between research institutions and industry, UWA was allocated almost $3.4 million in funding for eight projects.
Discovery Project applications from UWA researchers had a higher success rate (27.2 per cent) than the national average (22.7 per cent).
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said the fact that UWA researchers were more successful than most in attracting funding was an indication of the high-quality work being undertaken at the University.
"This funding will ensure that many high-quality research projects with the potential to benefit the entire community will be undertaken at UWA," Professor Robson said.
"I would like to congratulate all of our successful researchers who have been selected for funding."
The successful Discovery Projects include using nanotechnology to treat the injured central nervous system, an education program to improve high school students' achievement in science and an economics study of the commodity booms and busts and implications for the Australian economy.
Simone Hewett (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 7797 / (+61 4) 20 790 097