University of Melbourne researchers have been awarded $14.1 million to assist with a range of projects in collaboration with industry partners. These range from next generation technologies to monitor microorganisms in Melbourne’s water catchments, developing interventions for family violence and improving cochlear implants.

The funding is part of a $101 million Linkage projects announced by the Australian Research Council (ARC) today. The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to support research and development (R&D) projects that foster collaboration between higher education researchers and industry.

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor James McCluskey said the grants recognised the importance of innovative research that links with industries and existing community programs. He welcomed the funding and said the depth of projects funded at the University would help address problems facing the wider community.

“The support from the ARC is based on a rigorous competitive process and reflects the outstanding quality of research at the University of Melbourne and the strength of its industry engagement. It is a reflection of the quality of our staff that we have received more than any other institution nationally.” he said.

“Research aims to make a practical impact recognising the University of Melbourne is at the forefront of producing research that offers social, cultural and economic benefits.”

Some of the Projects include:
Building a bridge into pre-school in remote Northern Territory communities: with a career spanning 50 years, Professor Joseph Sparling from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, has dedicated research into looking at improving school and life achievements of at risk and vulnerable children.
Optimising seasonal decisions for environmental water use: Dr Michael Stewardson from Infrastructure Engineering is looking at ways to better manage water resources.
Business goals and analytics driven management of cloud computing based information technology infrastructure: Professor Rao Kotagiri from Computing and Information Systems, School of Engineering will examine how cloud computing can benefit business