Research Funding Boost For Rmit

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Research funding boost for RMIT


Boosting Indigenous entrepreneurship in Victoria and improving housing for remote

Indigenous communities are among seven RMIT University projects awarded $2.3

million in grants by the Australian Research Council.


Across Australia, RMIT was awarded the seventh highest level of funding in the

second round of ARC Linkage Projects 2008. In Victoria, RMIT was third behind the

universities of Monash and Melbourne. 


Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the

University’s strong collaborative links with industry had helped it succeed in the latest

ARC funding round.


“Our researchers have made significant efforts in working with our industry partners

to secure the matching funding required for these Linkage grants,” Professor

Gardner said.


“RMIT continues to build on its reputation for engaging with industry and undertaking

research that is practical, relevant and makes a difference to the community.”


Chief Investigator of the Indigenous entrepreneurship project, Associate Professor

Adela McMurray, said researchers would work with the Koori Business Network to

find ways of reconciling Indigenous community values with mainstream business

practices.


“The three-year project is wide-ranging and hands-on, comparing about 400

Indigenous businesses across Victoria,” Associate Professor McMurray, the

Assistant Dean, Research and Innovation, in RMIT’s School of Management, said.


“Indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia is currently in decline but through the

promotion of culturally-sensitive, community based economic development, a

renaissance is a realistic possibility.”


Other RMIT projects funded until 2011 and 2012 include: 

the development of construction and management practices to meet the need for

affordable and sustainable housing in remote Indigenous communities; 

working on an effective vaccine against a fatal respiratory disease in pigs, which

each year costs Australian industry millions of dollars in lost production; and,

developing technologies to better predict cyclones.


For interviews: Associate Professor Adela McMurray, (03) 9925 4946 or 0419 829

893.


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Media and Communications,

Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

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