Uni researchers win Premier's Science and Research funding
Monday, 16 May 2011
University of Adelaide researchers and affiliates are among those sharing in $3.8 million of new funding from the Premier's Science and Research Fund.
Announced today by the Science and Information Economy Minister, the Hon. Jay Weatherill, the funding is a boost to a number of the State's science and research capabilities in key areas, including:
Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the University of Adelaide - funding to go towards optical fibre research equipment that will aid in the development of the next generation of sensors. These may one day enable the non-invasive monitoring of embryos for reproductive health, and devices to remotely identify corrosion in aircraft, among other applications.
Adelaide Proteomics Centre, a joint venture of the University of Adelaide and SA Pathology - to support research into the fight against diseases such as cancer and the development of therapeutics to treat the disease.
Australian Wine Research Institute, part of the Wine Innovation Cluster at the Waite Campus - to enhance AWRI research services to support bioscience research across a range of fields, including enabling wine producers to have greater control over wine quality and characteristics.
"We welcome this injection of funds from the State Government into some of our world-leading research institutes and centres," said the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha.
"Such funding will assist our staff, students and affiliates to make major research contributions in the areas of optics and photonics, cancer and other diseases, and the quality of wine. This work aims to have an impact on industry, technology, health, the economy and society."
Mr Weatherill said: "The South Australian Government recognises that a strong and vibrant economy needs to be built on a sound knowledge base where research, education and training sectors help generate ideas and the skilled people that can turn those ideas into reality.
"All the facilities supported by the South Australian Government are going some way to achieving the goals of a rich and diverse community linked to industry."
For more information about the Premier's Science and Research Fund, visit the official website.