The report of the Review of Australia's National Innovation System concludes that the country is falling behind the rest of the world and includes recommendations across a number of themes including innovation in business, strengthening people and skills, excellence in national research, information and market design, and taxation.
The federal government has allocated $239 million over five years to a a new Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme. Up to 15 Laureate Fellowships will be awarded every year. Each fellowship will be worth around $3 million over five years and will allow the Fellow to work with, and mentor, up to four postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers.
Dr Megan Clark will commence as the chief executive of CSIRO in January 2009 after Dr Geoff Garrett's term ends on 31 December this year.
A L’Oreal Australia For Women in Science Fellowship has been awarded to WEHI immunologist Dr Erika Cretney. The fellowship is designed to assist women to consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions and can be used to defray childcare costs in addition to research costs.
Two companies that were established to develop discoveries from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at UQ have received funding to boost their research priorities.
Professor Ian Chubb AC has been appointed as a part-time member of the CSIRO Board.
A new grants program linking NSW and South Korea in joint technology projects has been announced. Preliminary applications for the grants will close on 30 September and final applications on 15 November.
A facility dedicated to the production of monoclonal antibodies which can be used for research into cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, inflammation, brain diseases and cancer has opened in Melbourne. The Monoclonal Antibody Technologies Facility comes from collaboration between the Commonwealth and Victorian governments and Monash University.
Three research teams from The University of Western Australia have been named finalists in three categories of Australia's premier science awards — the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes — for outstanding curiosity-driven research by Australians published in internationally respected journals or books.
A Sydney company that has developed an innovative medical treatment for antibiotic resistant infections using bacteria-eating viruses has won the NSW government's 2008 BioFirstCommercialisation Award.
Any potential health, safety and environmental risks with the introduction of nanotechnology products will be addressed by Australia's regulatory system.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, Round 2, for funding in 2008 has resulted in funding for 208 of the 487 proposals. A hair examination protocol for forensic scientists is just one of the successful projects.
Interested Australians have been invited to respond to a consultation paper on the development of the government’s new Future Fellowships scheme.
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