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ECU makes significant investment in strategic research

ECU Strategic research institutes and centres launch

ECU today announced nine new strategic research institutes and centres.

Edith Cowan University will invest a targeted $16 million over the next five years to further strengthen the University's key areas of strategic research.

The University today launched nine new Strategic Research Institutes and Centres focused on disciplines and fields where ECU has a track record of world-class research leadership and impact.

The significant funding will represent a doubling of the University's investment in these areas over the next five years and is also expected to create 40 new positions devoted to research and support.

It also aligns with ECU's four major research themes of Health, Natural and Built Environment, Society and Culture and Securing Digital Futures.

The new Strategic Research Institutes and Centres are:

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Caroline Finch AO said the strategic investment demonstrated ECU's commitment to research excellence.

"At ECU we believe world-class research is the key to overcoming the significant challenges facing our planet today,"”" she said.

"This significant investment in strategic areas of research is also essential for ECU to continue to contribute to the future prosperity of Western Australia."

"Research that helps us understand and make sense of the world around us and ourselves is crucial to our communities both local, national and international."

The nine new Institutes and Centres will begin operation from January 2021.

The launch comes as the latest step in ECU's journey to rapidly increase research activity and impact.

In 2015 the University launched a campaign to recruit 20 new Professorial Research Fellows from around the world.

In 2019, ECU recruited 12 early-mid career researchers with a strong track record of achievement in their field as Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellows.


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