ATN researchers inspire new discoveries

World class researchers from the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) will be supported to deliver innovative, real-world research after the latest grants from the Australian Research Council.

“The latest round of grants will inspire new discoveries to address real-world problems, and most importantly deliver significant economic, social and cultural benefits to local and global communities,” says ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh.

The grants totalling $25.2m will go towards a range of projects including innovative vaccine designs to fight against several disease targets in one single administration, new environmental DNA based methods to manage humanity’s impact on valuable marine resources, and new interactive and social online facilities for people with an intellectual disability.

ATN universities were successful in all categories which included the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme, Linkage Projects scheme, Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme and the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

It is well noted that Australia excels at creating world-class research, however we rank just 29th out of 30 in the OECD in terms of the proportion of businesses collaborating with universities on innovation, according to the AiG/ATN Innovate and Prosper report.

The ATN are leading the way to change the level of industry collaboration in Australia.

“Excellent research benefits all of us when it has a real impact on society or the way we live.

“Our universities are all united by a common goal to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes to end users in order to maximise the economic and social benefits of research. This is why we are increasingly seen as industry’s partner of choice, and is supported by the fact that two thirds of our research funding has come from industry since 2010.

“The ATN welcomes the Government’s support in increasing the level of university-industry collaboration, and it is pleasing to see this was a major focus in the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. However, continued investment in research is required to continue to inspire growth, change lives, and keep Australia competitive on the international stage,” Ms Hindmarsh says.