Federal grants worth $8.5 million have been awarded through round three of the Global Innovation Linkages Program, supporting projects including deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s disease and a sanitising chamber to treat environments at high risk of Covid-19 transmission.
The grants were announced on Monday, and industry minister Christian Porter said that they were focussed on six areas: advanced manufacturing; food and agribusiness, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, mining technology and equipment; energy resources and; cyber security. These correspond with the themes covered by the six Commonwealth Growth Centres.
Highlighted in Porter’s statement was a project by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Canadian partners, awarded $500,000 to develop a “Smart prefabricated chamber to prevent highly contagious diseases”
(A full list of ten projects can be seen here.)
Deep Brain Stimulation Technologies was awarded $1 million for a project with USA partners, dedicated to “more precise targeting” for Parkinson’s patients using DBS, which involves electrode implants for therapy.
University of Sydney was also awarded $993,573 for work with Singaporean collaborators in a project titled “Transitioning Australian Pulses into Protein-based Food Industries”.
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