University of Sydney linkage grants

26 October 2009

University of Sydney researchers will receive a total of $13,765,569 for 15 projects in the latest round of Linkage Grants announced today by the Australian Research Council.

Successful grants range from a project on minimising energy use in computer data centres to a project to develop ways to control the impact of cane toads on native animals. Specific projects include:

  • A project investigating the use of Tasmanian seafoods to develop a therapeutic product to improve the health of people affected by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and the human papilloma virus (HPV) ($480,000, linkage partner Protech Research Pty Ltd)

  • A study into the effectiveness of a social skills training program for autistic children ($192,000, linkage partner Autism Spectrum Australia.)

  • A project developing computer modelling and visualisation technologies to help school students understand the science underlining environmental sustainability, contributing to the national Digital Education Revolution Initiative ($400,000, linkage partners, NSW Department of Education and Training, NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change)

  • A project addressing harm minimisation strategies amongst university students, who constitute one of the highest alcohol consuming groups in Australia ($253,338, linkage partners Association of Heads of Australian University Colleges and Halls Inc, NSW Health, Department of Human Services).

  • Developing new, more efficient methods of delivering treatment drugs to the 5.8 million Australians who suffer from asthma and chronic pulmonary disease ($335,000, linkage partner Synectix Pharmaceutical Solutions Ltd).

Further information about these projects, and additional successful University of Sydney projects, is available on the ARC website:

Contact: Kath Kenny

Phone: +61 2 9351 2261 or 0434 609 790