Adelaide wins $10.7m research funding

Wednesday, 15 October 2003

The University of Adelaide's standing as an international-class research institution has been further underlined after winning more than $10.7 million in the latest funding round from the Federal Government's peak research body, the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Adelaide will receive the funding in three main areas:

  • $5.19 million for 16 research projects in large "Discovery" grants;
  • $3.75 million for 13 research projects in partnerships with industry and research organisations, known as "Linkage" grants - the second-highest amount of Linkage grant funds in the country;
  • $1.60 million for infrastructure, equipment and facilities in four projects to be based at the University of Adelaide;

The University continues to achieve excellent funding results relative to its size. In addition to receiving the second-highest funding for Linkage grants in the country, it received the seventh-highest amount of funding for Infrastructure grants. Adelaide also performed well at a State level, winning 13 out of 18 Linkage grants and 16 out of 35 Discovery grants.

Adelaide was also one of only three universities in Australia to receive a special Discovery grant for indigenous researcher development.

"We are very happy that the Australian Research Council continues to acknowledge the exceptional work our researchers are doing," says Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha.

"I am particularly delighted that we have performed so well in the area of Linkage grants. To receive the second-highest amount of Linkage grant funding in the nation highlights not only how much importance we place on our partnerships with industry and other research organisations, but also how successful these partnerships are becoming."

Some of the major projects funded at the University of Adelaide include:

  • Four separate projects underpinning the mineral exploration and energy industries with total combined funding of $1.72 million, including a $696,000 infrastructure grant for the South Australian Virtual Reality Centre to be established with industry and research partners at the University of Adelaide;
  • A Discovery grant of $625,000 over five years for an ethnographic history of the Wik region in Queensland;
  • A Discovery grant of $224,000 over three years to examine temporary migration's impact on Australia;


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