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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    $10 million to advance Queensland’s leading science research

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    $10 million to advance Queensland’s leading science research

    The Palaszczuk Government today announced the awarding of $10 million to 54 Queensland scientists to help drive innovation in new and existing industries and attract highly skilled research leaders.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said as promised at the last election, the Government was delivering Fellowships and PhD Scholarships through its Advance Queensland initiative aimed to further enhance the State’s globally recognised science research capability.

    “This $10 million for round one of the Advance Queensland Research Fellowships and PhD Scholarships programs will support scientists to conduct research in key priority areas,” the Premier said.

    “Queensland boasts a globally recognised pool of talented researchers and this program will help us to build, retain and attract leading researchers to our State.

    “Importantly these programs will deliver innovative research outcomes in areas such as developing cleaner, renewable energy technologies, improving health services, protecting our biodiversity and improving agricultural practices and outcomes.”

    The program will enable researchers to partner with industry or end-user organisations in Australia and overseas to develop with commercialisation opportunities to be delivered in Queensland – creating jobs and boosting the Queensland economy.

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the grants would provide our best and brightest minds with matched and top-up funding over three years to pursue projects that have tangible benefits and which can be realised locally in the form of new products, services and jobs.

    “Research innovation can help our existing industries, such as agriculture, mining, aluminium refining and smelting, to grow and prosper by developing improved processes and production technique as well as new industries which have outstanding potential for growth.

    "It can also develop new industries with the potential to disrupt global supply chains to Queensland’s advantage.”

    Ms Enoch said research projects selected for funding align to Queensland’s science and innovation priorities and provide us with the greatest potential for industrial innovation and job creation.

    “The program has also directed funding towards state and national science priorities which require urgent attention, like preservation of the Great Barrier Reef,” she said.

    “I am also excited that two funding recipients are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, showing the depth of our research talent across our community.”

    Under the PhD Scholarships program, graduate researchers were eligible for funding of up to $45,000 over three years.

    The Research Fellowships program offers early-career fellowships of $180,000 over three years and mid-career fellowships of $300,000 over three years.

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship program offers funding of up to $240,000 over three years to support early-career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers with funding for a three year research project that contributes to Queensland’s knowledge-based economy.

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship offers funding of up to $120,000 over three years to undertake a PhD degree and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait undergraduates to pursue a career in research.
    For a full list of Advance Queensland Research Fellowships and PhD Scholarships recipients visit the Advance Queensland website advance.qld.gov.au

    Media contact:

    Daniel Lato (Minister Enoch’s office) 0438 830 201
    Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791