ARC grants support ATN world-class research

World-class researchers from the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) will be supported to deliver ground breaking discoveries, following the latest grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

“The new research projects announced today will support ATN researchers to transform the lives of people with disabilities, improve the quality of life for ageing Australians, investigate privacy for big data applications on cloud, and will conduct new research into generating clean energy, creating opportunities for diverse Australian industries, to name just some of the exciting projects to be led by our researchers,” says ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh.

ATN researchers were awarded 63 Discovery Projects totalling $22.3 million, and 11 Future Fellowships were awarded for a total $8.5 million.

25 ATN early career researchers have been recognised through the Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, winning more than $8.6million. This is a 37 per cent increase from last year.

The ATN also received 5 Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants totalling $2.6 million.

“ATN universities are home to some of Australia’s brightest researchers, with access to state-of-the art technology and facilities, strongly positioning them to tackle some of the nation’s crucial research problems.

“Our universities have research strengths across the Australia’s Science and Research Priority areas and are committed to delivering a collaborative national approach to addressing the Priorities with our industry partners. In fact, 96 per cent of our assessed research mapped to the Priority areas is at or above world standard.

“An investment in real world research with real world impact is an investment in Australia’s future prosperity. We know how crucial it is to engage industry at an early stage to ensure research makes a difference to every day Australians, and is more responsive to the needs and priorities of our society and economy.

“We are excited to see some of the amazing results these projects will deliver, and the impact they will have on our local community as well as the productivity and prosperity of Australia,” Ms Hindmarsh says.