Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan has announced funding for 77 research projects considered to be in the national interest.
Tehan on Thursday announced 35.1 million Australian dollars (23.1 million U.S. dollars) in Australian Research Council (ARC) grants.
The round of funding includes 751,260 Australian dollars (494,539 U.S. dollars) for University of Melbourne researchers to discover new ways to kill parasites that live in their host animal and 399,155 Australian dollars (262,756 U.S. dollars) for a Macquarie University project aiming to improve shark deterrent technology.
A team from the Queensland University of Technology was awarded 620,765 Australian dollars (408,638 U.S. dollars) for research into how a lack of access to technology impacts on low-income families’ education, parenting and employment.
“The research funded by our government will take place at universities around Australia covering a range of topics, from improving surf safety by investigating shark repellents to finding new ways to helping Australia’s farmers better manage their farms,” Tehan said in a statement.
“Our investment in research supports the development of long-term strategic research collaborations between university researchers and businesses, industry and community organizations to find solutions to problems and improve the lives of Australians.”