Friday, 03 June 2011
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 Christopher 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 Joondalupand 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) Professor John Finlay-Jones congratulated all research teams on securing competitive grants to further their research.
“ARC Linkage Project grants are an excellent way of working in partnership with our external partners. These grants highlight the innovative research projects that ECU is involved with.” said Professor Finlay-Jones.
“I would also like to thank the staff in the Office of Research and Innovation for the support they have given to these successful research teams.”