Deakin University has featured prominently in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project scheme awards for funding commencing in 2014.
The University will lead 7 projects and collaborate on a number of others, resulting in over $2.5 million in funding. This amount is one of the largest awarded to Deakin in a single round under the ARC Linkage Project scheme.
The projects are being led by Professor Colin Barrow, Professor Andrew Bennett, Professor Peter Hodgson, Professor Saeid Nahavandi, Professor Svetha Venkatesh, Professor Kim Vincs and Professor Xungai Wang.
“I congratulate all the researchers involved,” said Deakin Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lee Astheimer.
“These results demonstrate the excellent progress Deakin continues to make as a research University.”
The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to support research and development projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, which are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and which involve risk or innovation.
Proposals for funding under the Linkage Projects scheme must include at least one Partner Organisation. The Partner Organisation must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for a proposal must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.
The objectives of the Linkage Projects scheme are to promote:
- initiation and/or development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and other organisations, including industry and end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems and/or to provide opportunities to obtain national economic, social or cultural benefits;
- the scale and focus of research in the Strategic Research Priorities;
- opportunities for researchers to pursue internationally competitive research in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector, targeting those who have demonstrated a clear commitment to high-quality research; and
- growth of a national pool of world-class researchers to meet the needs of the broader Australian innovation system.