University research is improving the lives of every Australian through the development of new medical treatments, improvements to drinking water management or innovations using smart phone technology.
Those were the findings of Australia’s first national assessment of how universities engage outside of academia, and translate research into benefits for society.
Key findings from the Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018–19 National Report (EI 2018) were:
- 43 per cent of research projects were rated as having a ‘high’ positive impact on everyday lives.
- 34 per cent were rated as having ‘high’ engagement with end users.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Federal Government was providing record funding to universities and $12 billion in research funding.
“The people who pay for university research – the Australian taxpayers – want to know their money is delivering results that are saving lives, strengthening the economy and improving our quality of living,” Mr Tehan said.
“The transparent reporting of university performance will encourage universities to focus on working with industry and other stakeholders on research projects that deliver real results for real people.
“The Government’s strong economic management has created the conditions to fund life-changing research without having to increase taxes.”
More details about EI 2018 are available from the ARC website.