Backing Australia’s researchers for the ideas of the future

Media Release
  • Minister for Education and Training

The Turnbull Government has boosted funding for Australia’s research universities by $76 million as part of the push to drive greater collaboration between researchers and industry and businesses.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government had committed $1.9 billion to R&D and training researchers in 2017, including more than $1 billion through the Research Training Program which supports over 40,000 Masters and PhD students a year.

“The Turnbull Government’s $76 million boost for Australia’s researchers means we are delivering $1.9 billion in 2017 alone to support the ideas and discoveries that will be vital to our country’s future successes,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The new research block grants include $50 million from the National Innovation and Science Agenda to drive universities to engage more with industry and other innovation systems.

“Australian researchers have no shortage of smart ideas. But Australia needs to become better at taking research and applying it in ways that benefit the broader community, or that turns our best research ideas into new job-creating commercial realities.

“We’ve worked with our research sector on the new funding arrangements, creating a simple, transparent framework that gives universities flexibility in how they support research and research training.”

Minister Birmingham said the research block grants funding arrangement complement other initiatives to strengthen collaboration between Australian industry and researchers, including:

  • developing an assessment of university research engagement and impact
  • introducing continuous applications and faster decision making for Australian Research Council Linkage Projects grants
  • expanding the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute internship program for PhD students to provide 1,400 placements over four years and get them into the workforce
  • developing a National Careers Education Strategy for students.

“It’s now one year on from the Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and we’re starting to see a wave of change that will see universities developing new initiatives and partnerships with businesses, governments and other innovators,” Minister Birmingham said.

For more information please visit: http://www.education.gov.au/research-block-grants

2017 Research Block grant Allocations

 

Higher Education Provider

State or Territory

Research Support Program

Research Training Program

Total 2017 RBG Funding

Australian Catholic University

OTHER

$3,542,411

$3,539,693

$7,082,104

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

NT

$144,264

$185,159

$329,423

Bond University

QLD

$1,967,707

$1,832,534

$3,800,241

Central Queensland University

QLD

$2,463,968

$3,344,084

$5,808,052

Charles Darwin University

NT

$9,221,705

$6,965,956

$16,187,661

Charles Sturt University

NSW

$3,722,281

$6,158,725

$9,881,006

Curtin University of Technology

WA

$18,763,091

$25,313,035

$44,076,126

Deakin University

VIC

$11,287,335

$19,016,352

$30,303,687

Edith Cowan University

WA

$4,330,842

$7,303,241

$11,634,083

Federation University Australia

VIC

$1,634,166

$2,214,246

$3,848,412

Griffith University

QLD

$16,502,290

$22,298,546

$38,800,836

James Cook University

QLD

$12,874,794

$14,163,899

$27,038,693

La Trobe University

VIC

$13,545,965

$18,163,748

$31,709,713

Macquarie University

NSW

$15,384,458

$26,180,323

$41,564,781

MCD University of Divinity

VIC

$579,714

$934,026

$1,513,740

Monash University

VIC

$81,323,864

$84,190,801

$165,514,665

Murdoch University

WA

$8,247,689

$10,038,401

$18,286,090

Queensland University of Technology

QLD

$21,882,273

$30,842,187

$52,724,460

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

VIC

$13,912,836

$21,615,174

$35,528,010

Southern Cross University

NSW

$3,269,663

$4,416,449

$7,686,112

Swinburne University of Technology

VIC

$6,806,345

$11,635,647

$18,441,992

The Australian National University

ACT

$59,617,525

$55,869,763

$115,487,288

The Flinders University of South Australia

SA

$12,393,556

$15,599,311

$27,992,867

The University of Adelaide

SA

$42,607,572

$46,557,477

$89,165,049

The University of Melbourne

VIC

$95,435,242

$95,721,521

$191,156,763

The University of Notre Dame Australia

WA

$746,456

$819,281

$1,565,737

The University of Queensland

QLD

$89,915,964

$94,608,922

$184,524,886

The University of Sydney

NSW

$87,105,182

$97,441,336

$184,546,518

The University of Western Australia

WA

$47,074,958

$47,815,138

$94,890,096

Torrens University Australia

SA

$11,561

$38,869

$50,430

University of Canberra

ACT

$4,144,737

$5,144,176

$9,288,913

University of New England

NSW

$7,420,249

$8,912,294

$16,332,543

University of New South Wales

NSW

$78,389,402

$90,574,420

$168,963,822

University of Newcastle

NSW

$21,038,222

$23,380,371

$44,418,593

University of South Australia

SA

$15,836,436

$19,842,577

$35,679,013

University of Southern Queensland

QLD

$3,066,025

$5,244,427

$8,310,452

University of Tasmania

TAS

$22,203,063

$24,251,058

$46,454,121

University of Technology, Sydney

NSW

$11,649,898

$16,686,065

$28,335,963

University of the Sunshine Coast

QLD

$2,725,270

$2,428,525

$5,153,795

University of Western Sydney

NSW

$7,622,954

$10,631,804

$18,254,758

University of Wollongong

NSW

$14,112,170

$22,676,391

$36,788,561

Victoria University

VIC

$4,391,673

$7,309,232

$11,700,905

TOTAL

 

$878,915,776

$1,011,905,184

$1,890,820,960

 

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