DVCR industry seed grants

The DVCR industry seed grant scheme is designed to support collaborative research with industry.

Scheme guidelines and an application form are available here: DVCR Seed Grant application form .  FAQS on the scheme are available here.


An overview of projects funded through the DVCR industry seed grant scheme are below:

  • Project title: Development of a New Generation of Novel Modular Building Systems using Aluminium Sections with Enhanced Energy Performance
  • Industry partner: Spantech Pty Ltd
  • SCU lead researcher: Dr Ahmed Thabet
  • Project summary: The aim is to develop an optimised framework for a more efficient design in cold formed aluminium (CFA) structures. The expected outcome will be to develop methods which will mean added structural performance and high structural resistance in CFA, enhance energy performance, and to provide appropriate design recommendations for innovative, optimised CFA sections within the framework of Standards Australia.
  • Project title: High-resolution 4D habitat mapping to support management of the Lord Howe Island marine estate
  • Industry partner: NSW DPI (Lord Howe Island Marine Park) and Lord Howe Island Board
  • SCU lead researcher: Professor Brendan Kelaher
  • Project summary: The aim of this project is to develop high-resolution imagery using remotely piloted aircraft (drones) to support improved marine estate management of Lord Howe Island.  The resulting imagery data will be immediately actionable as a management tool, providing information on habitats and species which will assist with planning and compliance of infrastructure such as marine moorings and the airport runway, and future development. 
  • Project title: Growing together through gardening: Exploring the benefits of therapeutic horticulture for people with cognitive disability residing in supported independent living accommodation
  • Industry partner: Aruma
  • SCU lead researcher: Dr Kate Neale
  • Project summary: The aim of this project is to explore the potential for therapeutic benefits of participant-led community style gardens within residential settings for people with cognitive disability to deliver improved wellbeing, NDIS outcomes and quality of supported living homes. The project will serve as a pilot for a broader roll out of community-style gardens across more Aruma's Supported Independent Living sites nationally (of which there are currently 318).