Deakin University has featured prominently in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage 2012, Round 2 awards.
The University featured in 10 grants, including one through Curtin University headed up by Professor Svetha Venkatesh from the new Strategic Research Centre, PRaDA.
Professor Venkatesh moved to Deakin at the beginning of 2012.
“I congratulate all the researchers involved,” said Deakin Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lee Astheimer.
“These results are further proof of the excellent progress Deakin continues to make as a research University.”
ARC Linkage Projects supports 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 Linkage Projects must involve a Partner Organisation from outside the higher education sector. The Partner Organisation must make a significant contribution in cash and/or in kind, to the project that is equal to, or greater than, the ARC funding.
The objectives of Linkage Projects are to:
- Encourage and develop long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and other organisations, including with industry and other end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems and/or to provide opportunities to obtain national economic, social or cultural benefits;
- Enhance the scale and focus of research in National Research Priorities;
- Foster opportunities for postdoctoral 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;
- Provide outcome-oriented research training to prepare high-calibre postgraduate research students; and
- Produce a national pool of world-class researchers to meet the needs of the broader Australian innovation system.