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Successful ARC Linkage Grants announced

Friday, 29 May 2009

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Three ECU research projects have been successful in obtaining prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants in the most recent round of funding announced this week.

Professor Kamal Alameh, Professor Yong Tak Lee and Mr Stephanus Pyo have been awarded $290,000 over four years to develop 'High-speed bidirectional optical interconnects for board-to-board communications'.

Undertaken in partnership with Korea Optron Corporation, the project will lead to innovative solutions and increased understanding of silicon-photonics. This project will put Australia at the cutting edge of high-speed interconnect technology and will present a range of licensing and spin-off opportunities in Australia and off-shore.

Professor Marilyn Clark-Murphy, Dr Paul Gerrans and Professor Craig Speelman have been awarded $110,000 over four years for their project, 'Building financial literacy and retirement savings engagement by developing a financial education programme for the workplace'.

Following the introduction of compulsory superannuation, this project seeks to educate employees, enabling them to make complex decisions about their superannuation fund and investment mix. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the WA Police and GESB.

Results from this project will inform government, employers and superannuation funds about the role of financial education in improving financial literacy and retirement savings decision making.

Professor Lelia Green, Ms Leesa Bonniface and Mrs Vanessa Bradshaw have received $220,000 over four years to develop an online community for supporting breast cancer survivors.

The project will be undertaken with the Breast Cancer Foundation of WA and hopes to improve education and support for earlier detection of breast cancer, and enhanced recovery rates.

The project investigates whether the 'cluster-power' of social networks can be harnessed to build integrated and supportive online communities.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor John Finlay-Jones congratulated all research teams on securing competitive grants to further their research and thanked staff in the Office of Research and Innovation for the support they offered to all applicants.

"ARC Linkage Project grants epitomise the University's commitment to research inspired by engagement and partnership," he said.

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