Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan today congratulated Southern Cross University for receiving funding of $320,000 from the Australian Government to fund a collaborative research project.
Funding for the project has been awarded under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, with funding to commence in July 2014.
“The funding awarded to Southern Cross University will help Australia continue to produce high-quality research and development for a prosperous future,” Mr Hogan said.
“Through the Linkage Projects scheme, we are encouraging researchers, industries, and other organisations to work together on solutions to real problems and issues.
The research will examine ways to improve student participation at school, particularly in relation to improving their well-being.
Mr Hogan said the announcement was welcome news for Page.
“It will allow our researchers to work with partners to produce important outcomes for the region and our nation,” he said.
A total of 251 new projects, sharing in $88.2 million, are being funded in this round of ARC Linkage Projects grants.
Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, who announced the funding today, said collaboration and co-investment in quality research was fundamental to a prosperous future.
“It is critical we have opportunities for our researchers to work together with industry and business, who hold the knowledge and are often the end-users or commercialisers of the innovations that flow from research.”
The ARC Linkage Projects scheme supports collaborative research projects between higher education researchers and partner organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Partners must make a significant cash and/or in-kind contribution to the project.
ARC funding is awarded on a basis of a competitive process and rigorous assessment to support the highest-quality researchers and research projects across disciplines.