$155M new funding for leading-edge research

Monday, 12 March, 2001

The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, today called for proposals from industry and research institutions for funding under the Commonwealth Government's new $155 million Major National Research Facilities Program.

Senator Minchin said the five-year program was a major element of the Government's recently announced $2.9 billion innovation statement, Backing Australia's Ability.

Senator Minchin said the closing date for proposals was 11 May 2001. Proponents are also invited to submit a notification of intent by 20 March 2001.

"This program will provide significant investment in national research infrastructure in partnership with state and territory governments, universities and research-industry consortia," Senator Minchin said.

"Providing funding for expensive, large items of equipment or highly specialised laboratories is vital for conducting leading-edge research. The program will add significantly to our domestic scientific, engineering and technological capability while strengthening the nation's international scientific and industrial competitiveness".

Senator Minchin today also announced the appointments of chairman and members to the Major National Research Facilities Committee which will assist him in assessing the proposals.

Item provided courtesy of Science Industry

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