UNSW tops the state in industry-linkage grants

UNSW researchers have been awarded $7.6 million for 25 industry-linked research projects and $3.8 million for a centre to transform Australia’s high-performance manufacturing industry, in the latest round of federal government funding.

The new ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites will aim to develop a new generation of innovative researchers.

UNSW outperformed every other university in the State in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme and ranked third nationally. The 25 grants cover research projects in fields ranging from cancer care and refugee health, to water treatment and automated vehicles. 

Under the Linkage scheme, industry partners must make a significant cash and/or in-kind contribution to their projects. The collaboration is essential to transforming industries, building communities and strengthening the Australian economy.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Brian Boyle, congratulated the grant recipients: “This is another strong result for UNSW. The Linkage program success reflects our leading engagement and collaboration with industry.

"The funded projects, along with the support for a new Industry Transformation Program led by UNSW Engineering, highlight the talent of our researchers to find solutions to real-word problems. This recognition for UNSW’s innovators and collaborators will help further accelerate knowledge transfer.”

The $3.8 million awarded under the Industrial Transformation Research Program will establish a new ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites with the aim of developing a new generation of innovative researchers who can transform Australia’s high-performance carbon composites manufacturing industry.

The funded projects, along with the support for a new Industry Transformation Program led by UNSW Engineering, highlight the talent of our researchers to find solutions to real-word problems.

Professor Brian Boyle, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Led by Professor Gangadhara Prusty, from UNSW’s School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, the training centre will use advanced automation technology to position Australian manufacturers as world-class agile producers of high-value advanced composite structures. Partners include the ANU, Technical University of Munich, the Ford Motor Company, Advanced Composite Structures Australia, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

A team led by Professor Prusty also received $360,000 for a separate Linkage project investigating the use of advanced photonic and micro-mechanical techniques to design next generation dental materials.

Other successful projects include:

UNSW Engineering projects performed particularly well in the latest round, picking up 13 out of the University’s 25 successful grants.

“This reflects UNSW Engineering’s position as Australia’s largest and most innovative engineering faculty and its commitment to engaging in industry-relevant research,” Professor Boyle said.

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