Linkage grants reward partnerships with industry

13 July 2015

The University of Sydney has been awarded more than $6.5 million in grants from the Australian Research Council under the Linkage Projects scheme that promotes strategic alliances with industry and community organisations.

The 16 projects, which will receive a further $9.6 million from their partners, are aimed at applying advanced knowledge to generate positive economic, social and cultural benefits.

With a success rate of more than 42 percent, one of the highest in Australia and more than the national average of 35 percent, our researchers will be involved in a range of projects in different fields, including the creation of next generation X-ray detector technology and wireless networks, as well as systems that improve the quality of life for dementia and stroke victims.

Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), said “It is welcome news that our world-class researchers are thinking about translating their work into practical solutions through partnerships with industry.”

“The University of Sydney has a great track record of funding under the Linkage Projects scheme. The partnerships with Environmental Earth Sciences International and Marine Biotechnology Australia are examples of long-term alliances that our researchers have built, and this funding from the Australian government will go a long way towards strengthening the local innovation system.”

Other projects that have been awarded include:

  • Professor Stefan Williams partnering with Thales Australia, aims to increase the effectiveness of underwater survey operations.
  • Professor Richard Payne will work to understand the mechanisms that regulate fat and the development of cardiovascular diseases with Novo Nordisk.
  • Professor Cameron Stewart will develop an ethical and regulatory framework for the use of adult stem cell therapies in Australia in collaboration with Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia, Arthritis Australia and Motor Neurone Disease Australia.
  • Associate Professor Kai Riemer is working with Capgemini Australia to increase workplace collaboration, helping make businesses more innovative and responsive.
  • Associate Professor Adam Guastella is working with the Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Optinose to uncover mechanism that influence social behaviour, which may lead to exciting treatments for mental health problems.

Many sectors are represented across the other partner organisations including, The Cancer Council NSW, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Springstar Inc., Australian Plague Locust Commission, BASF, Medicines for Malaria Venture and Jemena Electricity Networks, which shows how wide-ranging the impact of research can be.

“I am delighted with the success of our researchers in this Linkage round. I also want to encourage other colleagues to consider applying in future Linkage rounds and work together to build on this important aspect of our research agenda”, Professor Ivison said.
To find out about applying for future rounds of the ARC Linkage Project scheme contact Dr Andrew Tindell, Director, Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships, on or 862 78181.

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