Winning grants for international collaboration

Monday, 29 April 2013

University of Adelaide researchers have been awarded $770,000 out of the $1.3 million funding announced today from the State Government's International Research Grant Program.

Part of the Premier's Research and Industry Fund, this program aims to improve collaborations between international partners and the State's leading researchers.

Successful University of Adelaide researchers were Professor Bob Gibson from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Associate Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem from the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, and Dr Matthew Tetlow from the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Minister for Science and Information Economy Grace Portolesi said the successful projects were well placed to progress and lead technological advancements in areas of State and international importance.

"Not only will these collaborations bring new knowledge into the State, they create relationships that could lead to future scientific exchange or even export opportunities," Ms Portolesi said.

The University of Adelaide leads three out of the five successful projects. They are:

Professor Bob Gibson, $300,000 over three years to work with the University of Manitoba in Canada to investigate more efficient and environmentally sustainable ways to increase levels of omega 3 fatty acids in the eggs and meat of chickens for improved nutrition.

Associate Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, $252,000 over three years to work with the Institute for Photonic Technology in Germany to develop next generation silica-based optical fibres for laser machining applications, and new light sources for sensing and imaging applications for areas such as environmental monitoring, agriculture, preventative health and mining.

Dr Matthew Tetlow, $225,000 over three years to work with the Belgian von Karmen Institute for Fluid Dynamics to participate in the design and development of CubeSat - a small satellite used for scientific measurement and observation. The satellite will collect atmospheric date for climate change modelling.


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