Victoria University is expanding research in exercise science and active living, water management and education in disadvantaged communities with Federal Government funding of more than $6 million.
Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Warren Payne, said the $6.1 million Collaborative Research Network funding would support more scholarships for research students, more research into water conservation and research to combat diabetes and heart disease over the next three years.
"It will enable Victoria University to build capacity, ensuring it can confidently move into the next phase of its development as a research active and engaged university," Professor Payne said.
The research will be in partnership with the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, the CSIRO and Edith Cowen University with each bringing its strengths to the collaborative projects.
"VU's applied and fundamental research strengths will be augmented but our partners will also benefit from their involvement in the program," Professor Payne said. "In particular they will gain access to VU's expertise in working with and understanding diverse, underrepresented and disadvantaged communities."
Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr announced the funding as part of the $61.5 million for 12 projects in the Collaborative Research Networks program, which he said would strengthen Australia's research capacity and excellence.
"Collaboration is crucial to successful research. It draws together experts from a variety of institutions and gives Australia more bang for its research buck," Senator Carr said.
Michael Quin, Communications Officer (Research)
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