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ARC Linkage grants announced

Wednesday, 01 June 2011

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Edith Cowan University (ECU) has been successful in securing grants in three diverse areas from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects Scheme.

The Linkage Projects grants support collaborative research and development initiatives between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system.

Professor Lelia Green, Dr Danielle Brady, Dr Stuart Medley and Dr Barnard Clarkson (The Faculty of Education and Arts); Dr Matthew Adams (Landgate) and Dr Peter Jacklyn (Charles Darwin University) were awarded $179,982 to promote FireWatch satellite communication.

Landgate's FireWatch is a service that provides continuously updated satellite data to professional services on the whereabouts and severity of bushfires.

This grant will expand the focus of FireWatch, allowing for wider public usage by enabling the data to inform community decision-making processes and actions.

Professor Paul Newhouse, Dr Jeremy Pagram, Professor Mark Hackling, Dr Lisa Paris and Professor Christine Ure from the Faculty of Education and Arts have been awarded $179,000 for a project aimed at increasing the authenticity of assessment.

In collaboration with the WA Curriculum Council, this project investigates the digitisation and marking of portfolios to increase the authenticity of assessment.

Lastly, Professor Elizabeth Walker, Dr Janice Redmond and Dr Sandra Wooltorton from the Faculty of Business and Law, in partnership with City of Joondalup and the West Coast Institute of Training have been awarded $90,000 to provide sustainable environmental management in Australian small firms.

This innovative project will aide small Australian businesses in increasing their energy efficiency through an intervention program, which in turn will provide a positive contribution to Australia’s environmental performance.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Advancement) Professor John Finlay-Jones congratulated all research teams on securing competitive grants to further their research.

“ARC Linkage Project grants support innovative research conducted with a range of government, industry and community partners. These projects illustrate the value of engaged research undertaken within such partnerships.” said Professor Finlay-Jones.

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