More than $1.85m in funding has been awarded to 22 medical researchers at The University of Western Australia, as part of the State Government's bid to improve the national competitiveness of WA researchers in attracting national medical and health research grants.
Health Minister Kim Hames announced almost $3million under the FutureHealth WA initiative to help Western Australian researchers access a greater share of national research funding and enhance the State's health and medical research capability.
UWA was successful in gaining $885,000 in project grant funding for 16 "near-miss" applicants for the 2013 round of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
A further six researchers were awarded $300,000 in total for "near miss" NHMRC Early Career and Career Development Fellowships.
UWA affiliate, the Telethon Kids Institute, will receive eight "near miss" project support awards, three "near miss' fellowship awards and Health Database Support for the Raine Study and Developmental Pathways Project.
UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Owens welcomed the State Government's support.
"With an ageing population, now more than ever, there is an urgent need to deliver better health outcomes to the global community," Professor Owens said. "We, as a research community, have an important role to play in achieving this.
"To do this, we need world-class researchers and world-class facilities, so we thank the State Government for recognising the valuable contribution made by our researchers to improving the quality of health care for our community."
David Stacey (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716