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Collaborative projects and research to address shared social and medical challenges receive financial boost from the Australian Government

Australian-led collaborative projects to help address the Asia-Pacific affordable housing crisis, tackle hepatitis B and monitor the impact of coastal climate changes are amongst five research organisations to receive AU$897,210 collectively in Government funding.

The funding is provided under the first round of the AU$3.2 million Regional Collaborations Programme as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, according to the media release.

These grants will support Australian researchers and businesses who are collaborating with partners in their immediate region to develop innovative solutions to shared challenges.

The projects will build strong regional partnerships across a wide range of fields including agricultural and environmental sciences, transport and construction, health, manufacturing and materials sciences.

They include collaborative projects between:

  • The University of Wollongong and partners in Indonesia and the United Kingdom to develop regional monitoring of coastal climate change impacts using remote sensing technologies.  
  • The University of Melbourne, and partners in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and China to establish an Asia-Pacific research network on sustainable materials and prefabricated systems to address the housing crisis in the region through resilient affordable housing.  
  • The University of Melbourne, together with partners in China, Singapore, USA, Canada and France to establish an international coalition to support the discovery of a safe, affordable, scalable and effective cure for hepatitis B.  
  • The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research together with partners in Indonesia and Japan to understand mechanisms leading to immunity and resistance to malaria and severe dengue fever.  
  • The University of South Australia and partners in New Zealand and Japan to overcome barriers to the mass production of biomedical devices to promote improved health care outcomes for aging populations.

The Regional Collaborations Programme is designed to build strong linkages between Australian researchers and businesses and their Asia-Pacific regional counterparts by supporting multi-partner science, research and innovation collaboration activities that address issues of significance to our nation and the region.

The programme also supports greater mobility amongst Australia’s technical and research workforce, and builds Australia’s research capability by linking to global science and research networks and infrastructure.

The Australian Government has allocated the AU$3.2 million to the Regional Collaborations Programme for the first four years from 2016-17 to 2020-2021.

The Regional Collaboration Programme is administered by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS).

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