UWA researchers from the University’s Bee Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the national iMove CRC collaboration will benefit from two Federal Government CRC grants totalling $62 million which were awarded last week.
UWA’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Peter Davies said these investments would help drive important research solutions to benefit Australian and global communities.
“We’re delighted the new CRCs selected in this 18th funding round will draw on interdisciplinary expertise to find solutions for both bee products and transport technologies,” Professor Davies said.
UWA’s Bee CRC will receive $7 million over five years (with $19.2 million cash and inkind contributions from participants) to provide non-chemical solutions to maintaining honey bee health.
The research will support the local bee industry to value-add to healthy products like honey, beeswax, pollen, venom and honey bee export.
“The new CRC will help link unique floral hive sites to product quality control processes, creating a healthy product image for national and international markets, which is necessary to expand Australian honey bee products,” Professor Davies said.
iMove CRC, a collaborative initiative, was awarded $55 million over 10 years (matched with $178.8 million in cash and inkind contributions) to develop leading-edge technology and capability in mobility transport nationally and globally.
The Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC), hosted by UWA and a collaboration between UWA, Curtin and Edith Cowan University, will contribute to this work, and ensure WA has a voice in driving solutions.
“PATREC will collaborate with 16 other research organisations country-wide to address challenges and develop solutions for road congestion, fuel use and emission, and improved transport productivity and competitiveness,” Professor Davies said.
The CRC Programme is a competitive and merit based initiative that supports industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry, researchers and the community.
“Congratulations to the teams for your effort in preparing the CRC bids and we thank UWA for committing funding to each of them,” Professor Davies said.