Maximising pineapple production for Queensland farmers and enabling next-generation rechargeable aluminium-ion batteries are just two of The University of Queensland projects funded by Australian Research Council (ARC) age grants.
The Federal Government announced $12.8 million for 26 UQ research projects, the largest investment for any Australian university.
Importantly, partner contributions (including both cash and in-kind) took the overall total investment to $36.9 million.
UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC said the result was particularly pleasing as it demonstrated the relevance of UQ research to industry partners and helped bridge the gap between research and its application.
“ARC age grants provide an opportunity for researchers to work with industry, community groups and government agencies to develop research projects that genuinely make a difference for Australian society,” Professor Høj said.
Other successful UQ projects include monitoring how alcohol is targeting young Australians on media, developing eco-friendly pesticides for crop protection and improving the experiences and outcomes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in out-of-home care.
“The diversity of successful projects across many parts of the University reflects the breadth of research excellence at UQ and the desire of our researchers to create positive change,” Professor Høj said.
“I applaud our researchers who were successful in this ARC age round and look forward to watching the developments that result from their research.”
UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Bronwyn Harch also congratulated the researchers, and said their work complemented Queensland State Government efforts to better connect industry, business and universities through the Advance Queensland initiative.
“Collaboration between universities and industry accelerates the translation of research into products, s and solutions that our society needs to prosper,” Professor Harch said.
“I congratulate our researchers for not only securing this funding, but also for delivering partnered solutions to environmental, agricultural, economic and problems for Queenslanders, Australians and societies around the world.”
In this round of ARC age Projects, $78.1 million was provided to 175 new research projects at Australian universities.
A full list of ARC age Projects can be found here.