The University of Adelaide has won a $20.3 million grant from the Government’s National Science and Technology Infrastructure Fund.
The grant is part of the $2.4 billion Science, Innovation and Technology (SITF) programme announced by the Prime Minister on Monday.
Key points:The University of Melbourne will be the largest university in Australia for the next four yearsThe grant will be used to fund a range of new projects, including the building of a new data centre in Melbourne’s southWest Australian Capital TerritoryThe university said it would provide $25 million in research funding over four years to build the new data centres in the region.
The $25m funding will be invested in new research, new technology and a research infrastructure fund.
University of Melbourne’s chief executive, Dr Tony Smith, said the grant would enable the university to grow its research capabilities and support the growth of its science sector.
“The university is well placed to be a major contributor to the National Science Foundation’s SITF funding,” he said.
“This investment will create an environment in which we can expand our science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities.”
Dr Smith said the SITFs funding will allow the university “to be able to better compete in the global science and engineering economy”.
“We have a long-term plan for the university that will build on our strengths and deliver a strong foundation for our future growth,” he added.
“We’re very excited about the opportunities this grants offer.”
Dr Tim Rau, the chairman of the SRTF, said SITFS funding was crucial for the development of Australia’s research sector.
He said the grants would “give us the capacity to continue to innovate and build our own science and technologies”.
“Research is at the heart of our economy, providing jobs and investment,” he told the ABC.
“I believe it’s in our national interest to support the development and growth of our scientific and technical sector.”
Topics:science-and-technology,research,government-and.government,education,australiaFirst posted March 04, 2019 18:25:04Contact Tim Rauls