Applications are now open for eligible Australian research organisations and businesses who wish to apply for funding for projects and/or workshops under round two of the Regional Collaborations Programme.
The programme, administered by the Australian Academy of Science, will fund Australian participants from eligible organisations to collaborate with regional and international science, research and innovation partners on solutions to shared regional challenges within the Asia–Pacific region. The latest funding round was launched by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews.
Funding of up to $1.38 million is available for collaborative, multi-partner projects. Projects are expected to commence after 1 April 2019 and must be completed by 31 December 2020.
Funding of up to a total of $250,000 is available for non-project aligned, multi-partner workshops. Up to $100,000 per workshop is available for workshops held between 1 April 2019 and 31 December 2020.
The first funding round provided five research projects with a total of just under $900,000. Nearly $2.5 million of matched funds by project partners was invested in the projects, close to a 3:1 return.
Dr Sarah Hamylton from the University of Wollongong was awarded $45,000 over three years to develop institutional capacity for regional monitoring of costal climate change impacts through remote sensing technologies.
“To be neighbourly is to be helpful, kind and supportive to those in your vicinity. This was the spirit adopted for a recent workshop I hosted on the Central Great Barrier Reef with support from the Regional Collaboration Program,” Dr Sarah Hamylton said.
Masters and PhD student participants from Indonesia’s Hasanuddin University are now incorporating skills covered during the workshop into their projects in the Spermonde Archipelago (Indonesia), with ongoing guidance from Dr Hamylton, who plans to visit their field site next year.
The deadline for applications for round two funding is 30 November 2018.
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