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$5.6 million for closer research ties with Australian universities

Wednesday, 01 June 2011

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Edith Cowan University’s (ECU’s) research capabilities will be boosted after the Federal Government announced $5.6 million in funding.

ECU is the only WA university to receive the funding, which is through the Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) program.

The CRN allows selected universities to team up with other institutions to increase their research capacity.

This is expected to include appointing additional research staff, sharing knowledge and developing inter-institutional exchange programs for research students and staff.

ECU will collaborate with researchers from the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney and Western Australia, Deakin University, Flinders University, and Queensland University of Technology.

They will work on issues including the promotion of health and wellbeing in young people; exercise as medicine; community-based health care; nano-photonics and nano-electronics; protection of marine and coastal ecosystems; and education technologies.

ECU is already committed to expanding its research capacity, having increased its annual strategic research budget from $5 million in 2008 to over $9 million in 2011.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Advancement) Professor John Finlay-Jones welcomed the funding announcement.

“This is a significant opportunity for ECU to build on its commitment to research by sharing expertise with some of Australia’s eminent universities. It’s also a great chance for our staff and students, who will benefit from collaborations and supervision with researchers from around the country,” Professor Finlay-Jones said.

For more information, read the ECU media release or visit  Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research the Hon Kim Carr’s webpage.

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