ATN Researchers to tackle National, International and Intergalactic Challenges

30 October 2015

Researchers from the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) will be supported to further explore the origins of the universe (Curtin), create a new generation of biosensors to better detect virus contamination of our water and food supplies (UniSA), and improve the performance of lithium-oxygen batteries for electric vehicles which could potentially impact global emissions (UTS).

ATN Universities were awarded $30.5million in the Australian Research Council Major Grants 2016 announcement, made by the Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham at the National Wine Centre today.

ATN researchers were awarded 55 Discovery Projects receiving $19.5m and 5 Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants totalling $2.3 million.

25 ATN early career researchers have been recognised through the Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, winning more than $8.6million to engage in research that includes helping to develop a sustainable workforce in the publicly funded disability sector (RMIT) and developing more effective ways to engage young people with science at school (QUT).

ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh, congratulated the recipients of the ARC grants.

"The research that will be conducted at ATN universities as a result of these grants will undoubtedly have impact and has the potential to change the way we live our lives."

"There was a 37% increase from last year in the young researcher grants category and this bodes well for the future of ATN research, creating a national talent pipeline".

Details of all the successful ATN projects can be found here.


Media contact: Renee Hindmarsh Mobile: 0416 265 038