Strengthening University Infrastructure Through Fast-tracked Investment
The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, and Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, are pleased to invite 14 universities to bring proposals with bids for government funding worth nearly $700 million forward to the second stage of the 2009 funding round for strategic investments in capital and research facilities.
The timeframe for the second stage of the funding round is being accelerated in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement to fast track the Australian Government’s nation-building agenda.
This round focuses on capital expenditure and strengthening research facilities in Australian universities and the proposals selected highlight the diversity of the sector.
The proposals are across the teaching, learning and research spectrum, as well as a variety of disciplinary areas ranging from education and creative arts to medical research, engineering and science.
From a competitive field of 55, the following 14 expressions of interest have been invited to proceed to the second stage of 2009 funding round:
- Macquarie University - Hearing Hub
- Monash University - New Horizons Centre at Clayton Campus
- Murdoch University - Pedagopolis Education Facility
- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - RMIT Design Hub
- The Australian National University - ANU Giant Magellan Telescope
- University of Adelaide - Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
- University of Ballarat - Innovation and Enterprise Centre
- University of Canberra - The International Microsimulation Centre: A Research and Professional Development Facility for the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling
- University of Melbourne - Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
- University of New South Wales - Energy Technologies Building
- University of Queensland - World-class Veterinary Science Facilities - The University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science - Gatton Campus
- University of South Australia - Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub
- University of Sydney - Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
- University of Wollongong - SMART Infrastructure Facility
The Chair of the HEEF Advisory Board, Mr Philip Marcus Clark AM, will soon be writing to successful institutions, outlining procedures for the stage 2 application process.
This funding round is part of the Rudd government’s nation-building agenda, which will secure economic activity in the short-term and expand growth potential in the medium to long term.
The Rudd Government has already delivered $500 million for university infrastructure through the Better Universities Renewal Fund.
The Australian Government understands that investing in education is fundamental to driving productivity growth and to building a modern and prosperous future.