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Stronger research partnerships for innovations

Research to develop mortarless interlocking bricks that resist earthquakes; address youth unemployment in the construction industry; and new ways to trace and prevent illegal use of copyrighted multimedia is ready to commence with new research partnerships announced.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, said ten successful new research projects totalling $3.4 million were announced by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, under the ARC Linkage Projects scheme.

“The ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme is designed to support researchers in our universities in vital collaborations with other parts of the innovation system, including industry partners and community organisations,” said Professor Thomas.

“Through these important collaborations and together with their research partners, university-based researchers are able to work to come up with practical solutions to ‘real world’ industry and community challenges in practical settings.

“These ten projects will involve cash and in-kind support of a further $6.3 million from 29 partner organisations, in addition to this substantial Australian Government funding support.”

The ten new projects awarded funding include:

  • $251,360 for Professor Martin Loosemore at The University of New South Wales—collaborating with Brookfield Multiplex; Yourtown; Blacktown City Council; and Heyday Group—to develop new insights, practical knowledge, and provide solutions to address youth unemployment particularly in the construction industry.
  • $143,646 for Professor John Spoehr at The Flinders University of South Australia—collaborating with the SA Department of State Development—to consider how innovation such as smart specialisation and product diversification can support industry transition, for increased international competitiveness, exports, revenue, and economic growth.
  • $277,092 for Professor Hong Hao at Curtin University—collaborating with Tetraloc Pty Ltd—to develop strong mortarless, interlocking bricks that can resist static and earthquake loads, and improve efficiency and quality in the construction industry.
  • $346,297 for Dr Miranda Forsyth at The Australian National University—collaborating with EPA Victoria—to develop a knowledge base of Restorative Justice (RJ) principles and practices that can help prevent environmental harm and enable stronger commitments by those who have caused harm to rehabilitate, repair and reform.
  • $460,429 for Professor Hamish McGowan at The University of Queensland—collaborating with Kimberley Foundation Australia; Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg; and Dunkeld Pastoral Co Pty Ltd—to provide new understanding of the causes of environmental change and impacts on Australia’s Kimberley region since the arrival of Australia’s earliest inhabitants, to inform conservation policy that will preserve the region’s globally significant rock art against environmental change and economic development.
  • $310,000 for Professor Yong Xiang at Deakin University—collaborating with Flag Explore Pty Ltd—to develop inaudible, high-capacity audio watermarking techniques to trace the illegal copying, manipulation and distribution of digital multimedia data containing a sound component, such as audio and sound video.

The ARC accepts proposals under the Linkage Projects scheme on a continuous basis—with successful grants announced throughout the year.

More details about all Linkage Projects announced are available from the ARC website.

Source: ARC

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