Linkage grant fosters new industry collaborations


More than half a million was awarded in the first Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project outcomes for 2018 to Professor Benjamin Eggleton and his research group. The Sydney researchers will join forces with high profile industry partners on projects to strengthen defence.

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Professor Benjamin Eggleton

ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Benjamin Eggleton, from the University of Sydney Faculty of Science, will join forces with Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group and American technology company and defence contractor Harris Corporation.

The $540,000 project will develop advanced technologies to enhance satellite communications, radar systems and surveillance capabilities for defence, as well as lay the groundwork for future fifth-generation wireless communications.

Linkage Projects support academics to work with government and industry partners to tackle complex problems and fast-track solutions to benefit end users.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said: “We have targeted improving our performance in the ARC’s Linkage scheme and so the [...] successful grants are very encouraging – they involve first class researchers working with world-class partners on projects that have the potential to deliver important outcomes not only for our partners and our researchers, but for society more generally.”