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EU-Australian Science Grants

  • August 15th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

skaref_design2.JPGThe Australian government has put up funding for sixteen science research projects in cooperation with European partners.
The projects will be among nineteen covered by a new allocation of A$5.2-million announced by the Minister for Education, Science and training, Julie Bishop ( 8.8.07).

The funding is being made under the ISL Competitive Grants scheme, part of an Australian Government program (2001-12) costing $A 8.3- billion, called Backing Australia’s Ability.

Seven of the research projects will fit within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and the rest will be with other European partners.

Projects will take in: researching a gene-therapy treatment towards finding a cure for diabetes; examining wheat and barley genomes, for developing plant types able to deal with climate changes; developing inexpensive, robust and lightweight colour computer displays; identifying novel microbial technologies for improved treatment of industrial wastewater; exploring plant productivity through researching leaf growth in plants; and work in the high-demand field of microphotonics (science that involves guiding light on a microscopic scale, with applications in fields including fibre optics).


“International Science Linkages”; Australian Government: DEST. (15.8.07)

Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for DEST, “5.2-million for new international science projects”, Media Release, 8.8.07. (15.8.07)