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Funding research in the national interest

The Government is investing in research that’s in our national interest, from protecting Australians from bushfires to ensuring our billion-dollar wine industry is globally competitive.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan announced the Government was providing $9.5 million in funding for 20 new research projects, through the Australian Research Council (ARC).

The funded projects include:

  • $524,027 to develop an early warning system for bushfires by creating a model to reliably forecast the moisture content of live forest fuels – a precursor to large bushfires. (Western Sydney University)
  • $100,000 to investigate the criteria, evidence and procedure that should be required to establish a geographical indication of wine, as used in trade agreements and legal disputes. (Monash University)
  • $556,000 to develop an online tool to identify and share best practice for children in a digital society, including new resources, materials and programs in areas such as: digital media production, cyber-safety education, digital play and digital parenting. (Australian Catholic University)

“Accurately forecasting the presence of dry forest fuels will help us better predict the likelihood of major bushfires, which will help greatly in bushfire prevention and mitigation, leading to saved lives and saved property,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our research into geographic indications for wine will ensure local wine makers aren’t disadvantaged by foreign producers making spurious claims for the exclusive use of wine names, such as prosecco.

“Our Government is investing in partnerships between universities, industry and government to drive the commercialisation of research. We are encouraging greater collaboration between universities and businesses on research innovation and workforce preparation.”

More information about the ARC Linkage Projects scheme is available online.

Source: ARC

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