Brussels, 29 Jul 2005
Australia has announced that it is increasing the funding for its Linkage International scheme, thus allowing more Australian researchers to participate in international collaborative projects.
With a further AUD 2.97 million (1.86 million euro), the Australian government will fund 42 new awards for Australia-based researchers, and 20 new fellowships, allowing both Australian researchers to carry out work at overseas institutions, and researchers from other countries to work in Australia for up to 12 months.
Projects to receive the new funding will address, among other areas, a waste water treatment system that will convert organic pollutants into harmless compounds; developing size-controlled nanoparticles for direct methanol fuel cells, potential power sources for portable devices such as laptop computers and mobile phones, and advanced screening protocols for the identification of genes involved in nutrient sensing and nutrient efficiency in plants.
Of the 20 fellowships, 12 will support Australian researchers working with partners under reciprocal exchange agreements with France, Germany, South Korea and Israel. Researchers from a further 14 countries will work with Australia following the release of the funding.
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