$2.8 m awarded to 15 research partnerships including for biomaterials, minerals processing

Grants totalling $2.8 million and awarded through the Victorian government’s Study Melbourne Research Partnerships program will support 15 projects — including in biomaterials, mineral processing and energy storage — linking Victorian institutes with international partners.

The program is delivered by veski and would, according to the organisation’s CEO Julia L Page, strengthen the rankings of the state’s universities and TAFEs and deepen international partnerships.

“This funding will not only deliver great research outcomes, enhanced by global partnerships, it will also raise awareness of Victoria’s position in the global academic communities and demonstrate that the State is open for business when it comes to research collaboration,” said Page in a statement.

The 15 projects include:

  • The University of Melbourne partnering with University of Bayreuth, Germany to develop multidimensional biomaterials for tissue repair;
  • Federation University partnering with Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee to assess potential for Victorian-Indian partnerships in critical-mineral processing from mining waste;
  • RMIT University partnering with International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University, Japan developing the proton battery and proton flow reactor systems for energy storage; and 
  • Swinburne University of Technology partnering with Jeonbuk National University, South Korea to develop new technology using the sun to convert seawater to Hydrogen.

Picture: gres.com.au

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