Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker says the latest round of Australian Research Council funding is an “outstanding outcome” for global research in regional Australia.
Professor Shoemaker welcomed the $1.32 million in ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants for Southern Cross University’s Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses, announced by Federal Member for Page, Mr Kevin Hogan.
“The result for Southern Cross in this round of funding ranks us fifth in the nation in terms of success in the grants process,” Professor Shoemaker said.
“We are so proud of the calibre of our researchers and the quality of their work.”
Mr Hogan said the new facilities at Southern Cross would help researchers in the fields of geoscience and biodiversity.
“This infrastructure will allow Australian researchers to better understand the workings of our landscapes and ecosystems and how we will face future challenges on our resources,” Mr Hogan said.
The ARC LIEF grants will fund these new world-leading environmental research facilities at Southern Cross:
- $580,000 to establish a unique facility that can conduct tandem trace element and isotope analysis.
- $310,000 to create a facility for 4D habitat modelling that will help researchers measure changes in natural habitats and eco-systems over time.
- $430,000 to build a custom-made portable spectrometer to measure biogenic volatile organic compounds in coastal waters.
Researchers will also use the latest drone and underwater image capture equipment to measure changes in marine habitats over time to enhance research into marine biodiversity.
Federal Minister for Education Mr Dan Tehan said the Government was investing in the infrastructure to enable researchers to conduct world-leading research.
“The research done by our universities can lead to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains,” Mr Tehan said.
“That is why our Government is making a significant investment in Australia’s leading-edge research infrastructure.
“The research collaborations that are developed through these projects will strengthen research networks throughout Australia and internationally.”
Professor Shoemaker said the funding augured well for Southern Cross University’s strategic plan to be ranked in the world's top 50 young universities by 2026.
“Our research can be the equal of Berlin or anywhere in the world,” he said.
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